It is 1935, the city of Shanghai, China. Seated around a
table at the exotic, smoke-filled Club Obi Wan, local crime
lord Lao Che and his henchmen are watching the beautiful American
cabaret singer Willie Scott captivate her audience. But Lao
Che isn't here for the entertainment. He has an appointment
to keep and, very soon, Indiana Jones - in full evening dress
- joins the party.
Indy has with him something Lao greatly covets - a jade urn
containing the ashes of Lao's royal ancestor Nurhachi. After
Indy trades the ashes for a fabulous diamond, Lao tries a
double-cross. His son slips poison into Indy's champagne and
the fiendish gangster demands the diamond back - in exchange
for the antidote.
|Indy's head is swimming and his vision blurs
as the poison goes to work. He makes a futile grab for the vial
containing the antidote and a raging brawl breaks out. Willie
Scott, who has joined the table, finds herself scrambling on
the floor of the club desperately trying to recover the diamond
Lao Che originally gave Indy.
Bullets are flying and the situation is out of control as
Indy grabs Willie, who has missed the diamond and snatched
the antidote, and the pair escapes behind a giant, rolling
gong. They flee through the narrow streets of Shanghai in
a powerful car driven by Indy's "bodyguard", Short Round -
an 11-year-old Chinese orphan whom Jones has befriended. With
Lao and his thugs in hot pursuit they arrive at Nang Tao airfield
where a small trimotor plane is rewing its engines ready to
take them to Siam. They've made it!
Unknown to them, however, the airfreight company and the
pilots are his paid hoods. Once airborne, the pilots empty
the fuel tanks of the plane and bail out with the only parachutes
on board. Undaunted, Indy inflates a rubber life raft and,
the trimotor skims low over a snowy mountainside just before
crashing, exits on the raft through the cargo hatch with Willie
and Short Round holding on for dear life.
After a nerve-shattering "bobsled" ride down the mountainside,
over a bluff and into terrifying white water rapids, the raft
floats to a gentle stop at the base of the Mayapore hills.
They have arrived in India.
They are met by a native shaman, a holy man, who leads the
bewildered party to a nearby village. The shaman informs Indy
that the village is under a curse. The village's sacred stone,
kept in a shrine, has been stolen by the Maharajah of Pankot.
Since its disappearance, the crops have withered, the animals
have died and the children mysteriously vanished. Indy is
intrigued and sympathetic but is anxious to get to Delhi where
he can take a flight home to America. However, the sudden
appearance of one of the village children who has escaped
from Pankot, clutching a tattered fragment of cloth, changes
Indiana's archaeological mind.
Despite Willie's protests, the three companions travel by
elephant to Pankot Palace and meet the maharajah who turns
out to be a 13-year-old boy. They are also introduced to the
maharajah's advisors and to Captain Blumburtt of the British
cavalry, who is visiting the palace on a routine inspection
tour. Following an elaborate but nauseating banquet, the simmering
romance between Indiana Jones and Willie Scott begins to boil.
Their flirtation is interrupted, however, by an assassin who
attempts to strangle Indy in his suite. Dispensing with the
assassin, Indy searches for his means of entry and discovers
an inscription that matches the fragment of cloth he has brought
from the village. A sliding door reveals a secret passage.
Indy and Short Round walk through the tunnel, which is inhabited
by millions of hideous insects, and accidentally trigger a
booby trap in a small chamber at the end. Lethal spikes from
the ceiling and floor egin closing in on them. Their yells
for help bring Willie to their aid. Goaded by Indy's desperate
urging, she plunges her hand into a hole in the wall literally
crawling with insects, and flips a lever which deactivates
the spikes and opens the door to the chamber. Indiana, Short
Round and Willie make their way from the chamber along a wind
tunnel, through which a roaring gale howls eerily, until at
last they are staring down into a colossal subterranean temple,
the Temple of Doom!
They have arrived in time to witness a terrifying Thuggee
ceremony. Mola Ram, High Priest of the evil cult, leads a
throng of chanting worshippers in a ritual sacrifice to their
bloodthirsty goddess, Kali, whose giant statue looms above
them all. After the ceremony, in which Mola Ram pierces the
chest of a sacrificial victim and has him lowered into a pit
of boiling lava, Indy descends into the silent temple. He
is determined to retrieve the three strange, glowing stones
placed by the priests under the statue of Kali. Indy knows
that these are three of the five Sankara Stones which radiate
intense light when brought together and, according to legend,
give their possessor supernatural powers.
Indy has barely grasped the treasure when he is captured
by Thuggee guards working in the underground mines beneath
the palace. Short Round, too, is overpowered and thrown into
the same cell. Dr. Jones is brought before the evil Mola Ram
who unveils his incredible plans. Enslaved children are toiling
in the mines searching for the last two Sankara Stones. When
they are found, their terrible power will be unleashed; Mola
Ram's followers will expand their evil influence until Kali
rules the world! As the full horror of it begins to penetrate
Indiana's mind, he is forced to drink "the blood of Kali"
from a skull-shaped bowl. He falls under the evil spell and
when Willie is brought to the temple as an intended victim,
he ignores her pleas and assists in the preparation for ritual
Meanwhile, Short Round has been forced to work in the mine
with the other slave children. Here he discovers that intense
pain from fire can cause a person to "wake up" from the nightmare
trance. He makes a brave and daring escape and reaches the
scene of Willie's impending doom. Shorty thrusts a burning
torch into his hero's side; Indy springs back to life and
saves Willie from certain death in the lava pit.
Once more in possession of the Sankara Stones, Indy and his
companions help free the slave children and begin a hair-raising
journey to the surface. On the way, they release the young
maharajah from his trance and His Highness races off to get
help from the British forces. Indy, Shorty and Willie are
engaged in a desperate flight through the mine tunnels, riding
roller coaster style in empty mine cars, pursued by Mola Ram's
Thuggee guards. Other guards demolish the supports of an enormous
underground cistern, releasing a monster tidal wave that crashes
through the mine tunnels and threatens to sweep Indy, Willie
and as Thuggee guards close in, Short Round in its path.
In the nick of time, they exit from a tunnel on the side
of a mountain, just barely ahead of the booming water. They
are on a ledge hundreds of feet above a crocodile-infested
river gorge. Only a rickety rope bridge will lead them to
freedom. A rope bridge fiercely guarded by Mola Ram's waiting
Thuggees! Indiana Jones must now fight the fight of his life
in order to save himself and his two companions and return
the sacred stone to Mayapore... and perhaps save the world
from the evil Kali...Can he do it? TRUST HIM