Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, first released in the United States on May 23, 1984, was a prequel to the hugely successful action movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. A village in India enlists Indiana Jones's help in retrieving a sacred stone and the community's children from the forces of an evil palace nearby.
Like the first, it starred Harrison Ford as the heroic archeologist Indiana Jones, was written by George Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg. Also its music was once again composed by John Williams.
It is much darker in tone than its predecessor (a fact which Lucas attributes to the messy divorce he was going through during the film's production), and has been criticised for being overly violent and scary. When making the sequel, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Spielberg was even reported to have apologized for the poor quality of Temple of Doom.
Other actors included Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan, and a cameo by Dan Aykroyd. Indiana Jones artist Drew Struzan created the film's distinctive artwork. Most of the filming was done on location in Sri Lanka
The film is generally credited with the later introduction of the MPAA's PG-13 rating (along with Gremlins).
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