History Film / IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom

30th Apr '16 9:30:10 AM JulianLapostat
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* ArtisticLicense:
** No, Kali worship isn't really like that, nor are the Thuggees. These films are intentional mimicry of early century pulp fiction, and Mola Ram is blaspheming Hinduism.
** Serving live eels to human diners is a good way to get yourself charged with homicide, as raw eel blood is toxic to people.
** Pretty much all the banquet's "delicacies" are complete nonsense - starting with the fact that strict Hindus are usually ''vegetarian''.
** Likewise, the Thugee Cult, whether it had ever been extensive or was merely a small gang exaggerated to boost a colonial officer's career, died out in the 1850s, yet this film takes place in the 1930s, in the context of the Indian independence movement and presents the arrival of the British Regiment arriving at the end as TheCavalry. Small wonder it was banned in India. The film is inspired by Film/GungaDin which likewise took place in an earlier period.
** Mola Ram claims that once he has all of the Sankara stones, the influence of Kali will be such that the Muslims will be overrun, the Hebrew God will fall, and the Christian God will be "cast down and forgotten". Muslims, Hebrews and Christians all worship the same God; indeed, FromACertainPointOfView, so do Hindus (depending on whether or not the "ultimate reality" Brahman is considered to be His equivalent; many Hindus and non-Hindus do, and are open to Abrahamic doctrine to a point- Hinduism being Syncretic-, and it's more or less a matter of individual interpretation).

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* ArtisticLicense:
ArtisticLicense: The film derives entirely from pulp fiction (like all Indiana Jones films) but even then almost everything about its portrayal of India is dated and outlandish:
** No, Kali worship isn't really like that, nor are the Thuggees. These films are intentional mimicry The only record of early century pulp fiction, the Thuggee cult is that of the English governor William Sleeman who captured the original group, and Mola Ram is blaspheming Hinduism.
some historians argue that he considerably exaggerated their presence and activity to boost his career. The little that we know of Thugee suggests an organized group of highwaymen who robbed travellers and killed them by strangling them with a rumal (a special handkerchief/scarf), an ersatz-Aztec cult interested in human sacrifice they were not.
** Serving live eels to human diners is a good way to get yourself charged with homicide, as raw eel blood is toxic to people.
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people. Pretty much all the banquet's "delicacies" are complete nonsense - starting with nonsense, and entirely made up by the fact that strict screenwriters based on how gross Lucas and Spielberg found their suggestions. Indian cuisine has a good deal of vegetarian diet, and even the Hindus are usually ''vegetarian''.
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who eat non-vegetarian food (who do exist) consume the same meat as everywhere else.
** The
Thugee Cult, whether it had ever been extensive or was merely a small gang exaggerated to boost a colonial officer's career, Cult died out in the 1850s, yet this film takes place in the 1930s, in the context of the Indian independence movement 1930s and presents the arrival of the British Regiment arriving at the end as TheCavalry. Small wonder it was banned in India. The film is inspired by Film/GungaDin which likewise took place in an earlier period. \n** Mola Ram claims that once he has all of the Sankara stones, the influence of Kali will be such that the Muslims will be overrun, the Hebrew God will fall, and the Christian God will be "cast down and forgotten". Muslims, Hebrews and Christians all worship the same God; indeed, FromACertainPointOfView, so do Hindus (depending on whether or not the "ultimate reality" Brahman is considered to be His equivalent; many Hindus and non-Hindus do, and are open to Abrahamic doctrine to a point- Hinduism being Syncretic-, and it's more or less a matter of individual interpretation).



* DarkerAndEdgier: GeorgeLucas attributes it to the fact that he was going through a divorce at the time and he was in a really dark mood at the time. StevenSpielberg was coming off ''ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' and wanted to do something a little less family friendly.

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* CultureChopSuey: The historical Thuggee cult is rather lacking in actual documentary evidence, but the little that exist is drastically different[[note]]The Thugee were largely highway robbers who attacked travelers and strangled them by using a handkerchief (A "rumal") and they did this in broad daylight on the road rather than an underground cavern over hot molten lava[[/note]] from what is seen in the film. It instead draws inspiration from Aztec, African and Carribean rituals, folklore and hearsay.
** Mola Ram's HumanSacrifice to "Kali" has more in common with Aztec rituals than anything in Indian myth and history. Mola Ram's outfit has more in common with stereotypical clothes worn by Shamanic priests from Africa and Latin American countries, most notable the shrunken head that he keeps hanging by his side. The Voodoo doll used by the possessed Little Maharaja to attack Indiana Jones, yes that's from the Haitian Voudou religion, or rather TheThemeParkVersion of it. The Red Pentagram worn by Chattar Lal would make Creator/AleisterCrowley jealous.
** Likewise the film's depiction of India is a melange of different and highly divergent Indian traditions. Since the film was shot in Sri Lanka, some of the extras actually speak Sinhalese. Geographically, the plane that carried Indy, Short Round and Willie was marked to be flying on the Northern border and Indy dives down a snowscape implied to be the Himalayan range, but the village he arrives in is more central Indian than North Indian. Kali worship is associated with Bengal and definitely not considered any Satanic figure.
* DarkerAndEdgier: GeorgeLucas Creator/GeorgeLucas attributes it to the fact that he was going through a divorce at the time and he was in a really dark mood at the time. StevenSpielberg Creator/StevenSpielberg was coming off ''ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' and wanted to do something a little less family friendly.



* EverybodyHatesHades: This film played a large role in giving Kali the same reputation as the Greek God of Death in the Anglophone. In Hinduism, Kali is a popular deity who represents transformation and transience, and the power to face most of life's challenges with strength. Here she's transformed into a Satanic figure against all traditions of existing Hinduism in India.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Nearly every scene in the film is totally tense and filled with peril. Plane crash lands in India, the jungle is filled with vampire bats, monkeys, snakes and elephants. Limited diet, monkey brains, snakes and eels are there for your liking. Then you have underground caverns filled with sulphur, hot lava, crazed cultists, narrow mine carts, a rickety wooden bridge over a lake of crocodiles.



* HijackedByJesus: As far as the movie is concerned, Shiva is {{God}} and Kali is {{Satan}}. Someone apparently didn't realize that Kali happens to be Shiva's ''wife''.

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* HijackedByJesus: As far as the movie is concerned, Shiva is {{God}} and Kali is {{Satan}}. Someone apparently didn't realize that Kali happens to be Shiva's ''wife''.''wife'', at least in another of her aspects (Parvathi).



* HumanSacrifice

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* HumanSacrificeHumanSacrifice: The Thugeee indulge in this.


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* MightyWhitey: Indiana Jones is annointed by the village head as a saviour sent by Shiva to rescue the villagers from the Thuggee. Indy also rescues a bunch of child slaves and liberates them. Likewise, the finale has the British General leading a contingent to arrive as TheCavalry to repel the Thuggee.


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** The name of Short Round is a {{Homage}} to Creator/SamuelFuller's ''The Steel Helmet'' where the American GI protagonist befriends a Korean boy during the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar and gives him [[TheNicknamer the same nickname]].
** The opening musical number is Spielberg's spoof of Creator/BusbyBerkeley musicals of the early 30s, namely the number "Shanghai Lil" from ''Footlight Parade'' which has the same element of Chinoiserie and Shanghai setting.
27th Apr '16 10:36:58 AM TheHestinator
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* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It rates an 8 (yes a PG-rated film gets an 8 on a scale of violence level), primarily due to [[spoiler:Mola Ram (Amrish Puri) ripping out a dude's (Nizwar Karanj) heart out with his bare hand (shown in close-up) and the fact that the Temple of Doom's upper air shafts (or whatever they are) are decorated with flayed human skin. That's not even including the dozens of children being abused and held in slavery and Hellish working conditions]].
19th Apr '16 12:53:31 PM Mnemonik2
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** Pretty much all the banquet's "delicacies" are complete nonsense - starting with the fact that strict Hindus are usually ''vegetarian''.
14th Mar '16 10:26:58 PM Viper16
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* Jerkass: Mola Ram practices human sacrifice, enslaves children, brainwashes adults, and has world domination and the extermination of all other religions next on his to-do list. But he also isn't above tearing one of his own guards off a cliff to drop him on Indy, then having a hearty chuckle about it. Overlaps with EvilIsPetty.

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* Jerkass: {{Jerkass}}: Mola Ram practices human sacrifice, enslaves children, brainwashes adults, and has world domination and the extermination of all other religions next on his to-do list. But he also isn't above tearing one of his own guards off a cliff to drop him on Indy, then having a hearty chuckle about it. Overlaps with EvilIsPetty.
14th Mar '16 10:22:18 PM Viper16
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* Jerkass: Mola Ram practices human sacrifice, enslaves children, brainwashes adults, and has world domination and the extermination of all other religions next on his to-do list. But he also isn't above tearing one of his own guards off a cliff to drop him on Indy, then having a hearty chuckle about it. Overlaps with EvilIsPetty.
12th Mar '16 10:37:17 PM DrOO7
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* SexyShirtSwitch: Subverted. Willie wears Indiana's tuxedo after they escape from the nightclub, but it's not post-coital, there simply isn't anything else for her to wear. It still looks very good on her, though.
7th Mar '16 9:25:38 PM Viper16
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* RefugeInAudacity: Indy's solution to being cornered in the middle of a rope bridge with enemies approaching on both sides: [[spoiler: cut the bridge]]. Even Mola Ram is shocked.
18th Feb '16 10:33:18 PM Darkmane
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* HijackedByJesus: As far as the movie is concerned, Shiva is {{God}} and Kali is {{Satan}}. Someone apparently didn't realize that Kali happens to be Shiva's ''[[DidNotDoTheResearch wife]]''.

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* HijackedByJesus: As far as the movie is concerned, Shiva is {{God}} and Kali is {{Satan}}. Someone apparently didn't realize that Kali happens to be Shiva's ''[[DidNotDoTheResearch wife]]''.''wife''.
18th Feb '16 10:31:25 PM Darkmane
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* HijackedByJesus: As far as the movie is concerned, Shiva is {{God}} and Kali is {{Satan}}.

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* HijackedByJesus: As far as the movie is concerned, Shiva is {{God}} and Kali is {{Satan}}. Someone apparently didn't realize that Kali happens to be Shiva's ''[[DidNotDoTheResearch wife]]''.
13th Feb '16 10:31:18 AM Dragon101
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: Indy mentions that Short Round's parents were killed in the Japanese bombing of Shanghai. Many assumed this meant the bombing in 1937 at the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War; there was, in fact, a bombing in 1932.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: Indy mentions that Short Round's parents were killed in the Japanese bombing of Shanghai. Many assumed this meant the bombing in 1937 at the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War; War, which would be a goof as the film is set in 1935; however, there was, in fact, a bombing in 1932.1932, so it works out fine.



** Mola Ram claims that once he has all of the Shakra stones, the influence of Kali will be such that the Muslims will be overrun, the Hebrew God will fall, and the Christian God will be "cast down and forgotten". Muslims, Hebrews and Christians all worship the same God; indeed, FromACertainPointOfView, so do Hindus (depending on whether or not the "ultimate reality" Brahman is considered to be His equivalent; many Hindus and non-Hindus do, and are open to Abrahamic doctrine to a point- Hinduism being Syncretic-, and it's more or less a matter of individual interpretation).

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** Mola Ram claims that once he has all of the Shakra Sankara stones, the influence of Kali will be such that the Muslims will be overrun, the Hebrew God will fall, and the Christian God will be "cast down and forgotten". Muslims, Hebrews and Christians all worship the same God; indeed, FromACertainPointOfView, so do Hindus (depending on whether or not the "ultimate reality" Brahman is considered to be His equivalent; many Hindus and non-Hindus do, and are open to Abrahamic doctrine to a point- Hinduism being Syncretic-, and it's more or less a matter of individual interpretation).
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