Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

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Nothing shocks me. I'm a scientist.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 adventure film and prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark about archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones, sent by a poor village to find the sacred Shankara stones and rescue their children.

Directed by Steven Spielberg. Written by Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, based on a story by George Lucas.
If Adventure has a Name, it must be Indiana Jones Taglines

Indiana Jones

  • Nice try, Lao Che!
  • Nothing shocks me. I'm a scientist.
  • [with shoe on fire] Water! Water! Water! Wa...Oh. [sees a flood coming towards him] WATER!
  • Mola Ram! Prepare to meet Kali...IN HELL!
  • (as he and Short Round are whipped) Leave him alone, you bastards!
  • [Willie has the antidote to the poison that was in his martini] Stay there!

Willie Scott

  • [Indy threatens to stab her with a fork to get the ashes back] Lao, he put a hole. He put two holes in my dress from Paris!
  • I hope you choke!
  • I burned my fingers and I CRACKED a nail!
  • [The three are about to jump out of the plane with a raft] A boat?! We're not sinking, WE'RE CRASHING!
  • [To Indy] I hate the water, and I hate being wet, and I hate YOU!
  • Dr. Jones, I'd be safer sleeping with a snake. [snake literally slithers on her] I said cut it OUT! [tossed the snake aside near Indy, who jumped up in fear] I hate that elephant.
  • [shouting] Indiana Jones, this is one night you'll never forget! This is the night I slipped right through your fingers! Sleep tight, and pleasant dreams! I could've been your greatest adventure.
  • Oh, I broke a nail. [turns her hand and noticed a bug on her]
  • I'm not going to have anything nice to say about this place when I get back!
  • [breaking down] I was happy in Shanghai! I had a little house, and a garden! My friends were rich, we went to parties all the time in limousines, I HATE being outside!

Short Round

  • [about Indy] He no nuts, he crazy.
  • [To Willie] You call him Dr. Jones, DOLL!
  • [To Willie] Hang on, lady, we going for a ride!
  • [To Indy] I keep telling you. You listen to me more, you live longer!
  • Indy, I love you! Wake up, Indy! Wake up!
  • What is Sankara?
  • They crash the plane to make you come here?
  • Three aces! I win! Two more games, I have all your money! Ha, ha, ha!
  • You make me poor! No fun! Playing with you no fun!
  • Cover your heart!
  • [first line] Wow! Holy smokes! Crash landing!
  • Diamonds? Diamonds!
  • [to Indy] Feels like I step on fortune cookies.
  • I step where you step! I touch nothing!
  • Dr. Jones! No more parachutes!
  • Very funny!
  • [To Indy, who is digging through Willie's dress to get the antidote] Hey, Dr. Jones, no time for love! We got company!
  • All wet!
  • Indy, take the left tunnel! (Indy takes the right) No, Indy! The left tunnel! The left! Indy!
  • Not very funny.
  • Okey-Dokey, Dr. Jones! Hold on to your potatoes!


Willie Scott: Aren't you going to introduce us?
Lao Che: This is Willie Scott. This is Indiana Jones, famous archaeologist.
Willie Scott: Well, I always thought archaeologists were always funny little men searching for their mommies.
Indiana Jones: Mummies.

[Obi Wan Nightclub. Lao Che and his sons are sitting at the opposite end of a table from Indy, who has taken Willie hostage with a large fork. Lao Che offers some gold and silver coins to Indy on the table's turnstile, who rejects them]
Indy: The diamond, Lao. The deal was for the diamond.
[Lao Che spins over a large diamond and a martini.]
Willie: [tales the diamond out and stares at it in glee] Oh, Lao...! [yelps as Indy jabs her with the fork, making her drop the diamond into his hand]
Indy: To your very good health. [attempts to take a drink from the martini]
Willie: [elbows Indy] Lao, he put a hole - he put two holes in my dress from Paris!
Lao: [angrily] Sit down! [Willie obeys] bring me Nurhaci.
Indy: My pleasure. [beckons to his assistant, disguised as a waiter]
Willie Scott: Who on earth is this "Nurhaci"?
Indy: Here he is.
Willie: [watches as the small urn is given to Lao] This Nurhaci's a real small guy...
Lao Che: Inside are the remains of Nurhaci - first Emperor of Manchu Dynasty!
Indiana Jones: Welcome home, old boy. [sips his martini]
[Lao Che and his sons laugh diabolically]
Lao Che: And now, you give me the diamond.
Indy: [tugging at his collar as though in discomfort] Are you trying to develop a sense of humor, or am I going deaf?
[Lao Che holds up a vial of blue liquid, still chuckling]
Willie: What's that?
Lao Che: Antidote.
Indy: [suddenly tense] To what?
Lao: The poison you just drank, Dr. Jones! [continues to laugh]

[Indy is being poisoned]
Kao Kan: [taunting] Too much to drink, Dr. Jones? [he and Lao Che laugh evilly]

[When they need to escape from Lao Che's men]
Short Round: Wow! Holy smokes! Crash landing!
Indy: Short Round, step on it!
Short Round: Okey-Dokey Dr. Jones! Hold on to your potatoes!
Willie: For cryin' out loud, there's a KID drivin' the car!

[Indy desperately reaches down Willie's cleavage for the antidote bottle]
Indy: Where's the antidote?!
Willie: Oh, listen, I just met you...Oh, I'm not that kind of girl!
Short Round: Hey, Dr. Jones, no time for love! We got company!
[Indy finds the vial, shoves Willie away, and hurriedly swallows the antidote]
Willie: Oh, I hope you choke!

Webber: Ah, Dr. Jones. I'm Earl Webber. I spoke with your assistant and managed to secure three seats, but there might be a slight inconvenience as you will be riding on a cargo full of live poultry.
Willie: [to Indy] Is he kidding?!
Earl: Madam, it's the best I could do on such short notice! [recognizes Willie] Heavens, aren't you Willie Scott, the famous American female vocalist?
[Willie, Short Round, and Indy board airplane]
Indy: [shakes hands with Webber] I owe you a gin. [laughs as he spots Lao Che arrive too late to stop him] Nice try, Lao Che! [[slams plane door which says "LAO CHE AIR FREIGHT"]
Lao Che: Goodbye, Dr. Jones. [he and his lackey laugh malevolently]

Willie: [sees Indy in his traditional outfit] So what are you supposed to be, a lion tamer?
Indy: I'm allowing you to tag along, so why don't you give your mouth a rest, okay doll?
Willie: What do you mean, "tag along"? Ever since you got into my club, you haven't been able to take your eyes off me!
Indy: Oh, yeah? [places his fedora over his eyes and falls asleep]

[After dumping the plane's fuel, the pilot and co-pilot walk past the sleeping Willie, Short Round and Indy, wearing parachutes. However, the chickens are awake and make noises, jostling Willie, who sees the door is ajar. The co-pilot jumps out]
Pilot: Zàijiàn! [jumps off]
[Willie awakens, makes her way to the cockpit, and sees it is empty]
Willie: [panicking] Oh, no...oh, no... [to a sleeping Indy] Oh, Mister! Mister! Oh, Mister, wake up!
Short Round: [waking up] You call him Dr. Jones, doll!
Willie: Okay! Dr. Jones? Dr. Jones, oh please wake up!
Indy: [wakes up] Are we there already? Oh, good.
Willie: No!
Indy: Huh?
Willie: [shoves Indy into the empty cockpit] No one's flying the plane!
Indy: [shocked] Oh, boy...
Willie: They've all gone! [Indy sits into the pilot's seat] You know how to fly, don't you?
Indy: ...No. [hopefully] Do you?
Willie: Oh, my God...I'm gonna faint...
Indy: How hard could it be?

Short Round: What is Sankara?
Indy: Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.

Willie: [riding backwards on an elephant] I can't go to Delhi like this!
Indy: We're not going to Delhi, doll. We're going to Pankot Palace.
Willie: Pankot?! I can’t go to Pankot! I’m a singer!

Willie: Oh, what big birds!
Indy: Those aren't big birds, sweetheart! They're giant vampire bats!
Willie: [whispering] Bats?

[Indy and Shorty are playing poker; Willie is screaming and running away from numerous animals]
Indy: The biggest trouble with her is the noise.
Short Round: [noticing 4 cards inside Indy's sleeve] Hey! You cheat, Dr. Jones! You cheat! You took four cards!
[Willie is scared by an iguana]
Indy: It's a mistake.
Short Round: No stuck! No mistake!
Indy: They were stuck together! It was a MISTAKE!
Short Round: I am very little, you cheat very big!
[Willie is scared by an owl]
Indy: [finds an ace card hidden in Shorty's sleeve] Look at this. Look at THIS! You accuse me of cheating?! YOU'RE CHEATING!
[The two argue in Chinese]
Short Round: You make me poor! No fun! Playing with you no fun!
Indy: All right, I quit.
Short Round: Fine, I quit too. But I still win.

Short Round: [as Indiana examines a foreboding statue] Dr. Jones, what you look at?
Indy: [not wanting Shorty to see the dreadful sight] Don't come up here.

[Willie is impressed by the wealth of Pankot Palace and wonders about the Maharajah]
Willie: Mr. Lal? What do they call the Maharajah's wife?
Chattar Lal: Well, his Highness has not yet taken a wife.
Willie: How interesting. Well, ah, maybe it's because he hasn't found the right woman.
Chattar Lal: The supreme highness, guardian of Pankot tradition, the Maharajah of Pankot, Zalim Singh.
[Maharajah enters the dining room, revealing that he is a child]
Willie: [irate] That's the Maharajah? A KID?
Short Round: Maybe he like older women. [waves to the Maharajah, who yawns]

[A plate full of beetles is passed around the table]
Large Guest: What, you are not eating?
Willie: I had bugs for lunch. [holds her hand out to Shorty] Give me your hat.
Short Round: [slowly hands it to her] ...Why?
Willie: Because I'm gonna puke in it!
[Shorty manages to wrestle it back]

[Indy and Shorty are exploring a cavern]
Short Round: I stepped on something.
Indy: Yes there's something on the ground.
Short Round: Feels like I step on fortune cookie!
Indy: It's not fortune cookies. Let me take a look. [lights a match to find bugs crawling all over the place]
Short Round: [as a scorpion-like bug crawls on his leg] That no cookie!

[Indy and Shorty are trapped in a death room as the ceiling slowly descends]
Indiana: Willie! Get in here!
[Cut to her bedroom]
Willie: [putting on her robe; grumbling] I bet I'm gonna get all dirty again.
Indy: Willie! Willie, we're in trouble!
Willie: [outside hallway] Trouble? What sort of... [sees two corpses on the wall and screams]
[Spikes begin to come from the ceiling]
Willie: There are two dead people down here!
Indy: There are gonna be two dead people in here! Hurry!
Willie: [to herself] I've almost had enough of you two.
Willie: What's the rush?!
Indy: It's a long story, Willie, hurry or you don't get to hear it!
Willie: [unknowingly enters the bug room] Ooh, God. What is this? Indy, what is this?! I can't see a thing!
Indy: HURRY!
Willie [lights a lantern] ALL RIGHT! Oh, I broke a nail. [turns her hand over to see the ugly bug on it. She realizes she is in a room filled with an uncountable amount of bugs, and lets out a scream]
Short Round: Hurry, Willie!
Willie: They're in my hair!
Indy: [places a skull in the gear mechanism] Aw, shut up, Willie!
Willie: Indy, let me in!
Short Round: No, let us out!
Willie: Let me in!
Short Round: Let us out!
Indy: [annoyed] SHUT UP!
Willie: I'm down here! They're all over me! Let me in!
Indy: There's got to be a fulcrum release lever somewhere!
Willie: A what?!
Indy: A handle that opens the door!
Willie: [holding a candle to the holes] They're two, just square holes!
Indy: Go to the right hole!
Short Round: Hurry, Willie!
[Willie almost puts her hand into the hole on her left when Indy's hand comes out and grabs hers and she screams]
Indy: The other one, the other right! YOUR OTHER RIGHT!!!
Willie: There's slime inside! I can't do it!
Indy: You can do it - feel inside!
Willie: Yeah, okay. [illuminates the hole and sees hundreds of bugs] YOU FEEL INSIDE!
Indy: [sticks his fist through the hole] DO IT NOW!!!
Willie: OKAY!!! [slowly begins to push her hand through the hole]
Indy: [panicking] Willie, WE ARE GOING TO DIE!!!

Willie: You're gonna get killed chasing after your damn fortune and glory!
Indy: Maybe. But not today. [kisses her, and goes after the stones]

[Indy is brought before Mola Ram]
Mola Ram: You were caught trying to steal the Sankara Stones. There were five stones in the beginning. Over the centuries, they were dispersed by wars, sold off by thieves like you.
Indy: Thieves like me, huh? Ha! You're still missing two.
Mola Ram: A century ago, when the British raided this temple and butchered my people, a loyal priest hid the last two stones down here in the catacombs.
Indy: So that's what you've got these slaves digging for? They're innocent children.
Mola Ram: They dig for the gems to support our cause. They also search for the last two stones. Soon we will have all the five Sankara Stones, and the Thuggees will be all-powerful.
Indy: What a vivid imagination.
Mola Ram: [laughs as Short Round struggles to rip free from his captor] You don't believe me? You will, Dr. Jones. You will become a true believer. [he and Indy laugh and the big Thuggee arrives in front of Indy]

[Indiana Jones is forced to drink the blood of Kali]
Short Round: Dr. Jones! Don't drink it! It's bad! Spit it out!
[Indy spits the blood in Mola Ram's face]
Mola Ram: You dare not do that! [barks a command to his thugee who has an assistant, who revealed to be the same Maharajah Zalim Singh, use a voodoo-doll of Jones]

Mola Ram: [force-feeding Indy the blood of Kali] The British in India will be slaughtered, then we will overrun the Muslims, then the Hebrew god will fall! And then the Christian god will be cast down and forgotten. Soon, Kali Ma will rule the world.

Willie: Indy. Now let's get out of here.
Indy: Right. All of us. [sets about freeing the child slaves]

Indy: Let them go, Mola Ram!
Mola Ram: You are in a position unsuitable to give orders!
Indy: [threatening to drop the Sankara stones off of a high rope bridge] You want the stones, let them go! [Willie smirks at Mola Ram] LET THEM GO!!!!
Mola Ram: [laughs] Drop them, Dr. Jones! They will be found! YOU WON'T!

[Indy, boxed in on the rope bridge by Thuggees, shouts in Chinese to Short Round]
Short Round: Hang on, lady. We going for a ride.
Willie: [sees Indy raising his sword, about to cut the rope bridge down] Oh, my GOD! Oh, my God... Oh, my God... Oh, my GOD! Is he nuts?!
Short Round: He no nuts, he's crazy!
Indy: Mola Ram! Prepare to meet Kali...IN HELL! [starts to cut the bridge with his sword]
[Willie screams in terror]
[The rope bridge falls apart, sending several Thuggees to their death in the crocodile-infested river below]

[Last Lines]
Willie: You could've kept it.
Indy: Ah, what for? They'd just put it in the museum, it'd be another rock collecting dust.
Willie: But then it would have given you your fortune and glory.
Indy: Anything can happen. It's a long way to Delhi.
Willie: No, thanks. No more adventures with you, Doctor Jones.
Indy: Sweetheart, after all the fun we've had together?
Willie: If you think I'm going to Delhi with you, or anyplace else after all the trouble you've gotten me into, think again, buster! I'm going home to Missouri where they never feed you snakes before ripping your heart out and lowering you into hot pits! This is NOT my idea of a swell time! [to the native] Excuse me, sir? I need a guide to Delhi. If you could-
[Indy snaps his whip around Willie's waist and pulls her back; the two are about to kiss until Shorty's elephant blasts them both with water]
Short Round: Very funny! Very funny! [both Indy and Willie laugh, and prepared for a kiss] Uh-oh! [covers his eyes]
[And after a kiss, a few children gather around Indy and Willie playfully as the movie ends]

About Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

  • Kate Capshaw: I think we were constantly stretching and reaching to be as brilliant as the first one and we just didn't have the story. We had children at risk - where's the fun in that? There were also 100 more screams than we needed.
  • Kate Capshaw: We started PG-13. We were pushing the envelope for what was appropriate for kids to look at.
  • George Lucas: We made Temple Of Doom a prequel because we didn't want to use the same bad guys. We had ideas about the Monkey King. We had ideas for a haunted-castle movie but then Steve had just done Poltergeist and said, "I don't wanna do that again." We were struggling to come up with another MacGuffin. We couldn't find anything as good as the Lost Ark. We ended up with the Sankara Stones, which was a little obscure.
  • George Lucas: You learn a million things on every movie. Obviously, in the sequels, we struggled to keep things going. It's not like Star Wars, which is basically one story cut off into a number of little pieces. These were real sequels that actually had no connection to the one before.
  • Roshan Seth: The banquet scene was a joke that went wrong. I got a great deal of flak for it because people kept saying, "How does an intelligent man like you agree to be in a film which shows Indians dining on beetles and eels?" Steven intended it as a joke, the joke being that Indians were so fucking smart that they knew all Westerners think that Indians eat cockroaches, so they served them what they expected. The joke was too subtle for that film.



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