Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Opening Number…Anything Goes

A lot of people do not love Temple of Doom. I am not one of those people. It may not be as good as Raiders, but as sequels go it is in my top 3 of all time. I remember sitting in the theater with my friends when this musical number splashed onto the screen. My friends looked puzzled and groaned. As a fan of classic cinema, even at that time, I was ecstatic and watching it still makes me a little giddy. (This despite my not so positive feeling about the inclusion of Capshaw in the film or more likely the not including Karen Allen.)

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3 thoughts on “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Opening Number…Anything Goes

  1. OlderGamer says:

    I loved this opening sequence. Even as a kid, I had heard Spielberg had long dreamed of making a big musical but no studio would give him (or anyone else) the money to do it. Hollywood was apparently very anti-musical after the flops of Scorsese’s New York, New York and Pennies from Heaven. So Spielberg kept trying to sneak musical numbers into his movies like the dance number in 1941 or this opening. I thought it was a perfect setup for the movie (anything goes!) and played with everyone’s expectations that it would open with Indy raiding another tomb.
    P.S. The Captcha on this site has gotten really bad. I literally had to cycle through dozens of entries before something remotely readable came up.

  2. Hate to be a downer here, but this movie is NOT good. As a child, I loved it. Watching it as an adult, I am… I can’t find a suitable word, but let’s just say, I find this film to be a smack in the face to the first film. I don’t have a friggin clue as to how Capshaw beat any other actress to the role. She was BAD. I have no problem with the song & dance number, afterall, I love Popeye the movie, which is basically a musical! I have a problem with her.

    Thank goodness of The Last Crusade; washed the horrible taste of Temple from my mind. Retroist, why did you have to bring it up?? ;)

  3. My enjoyment of Temple of Doom has grown through the years…but when I first saw it in the theaters I wasn’t very happy with it. But that wasn’t exactly because of the film itself, no, it was because I had eaten too many sweets and had to throw up in the bathroom after the dinner scene.

    I can still taste the Sweet Tarts when I watch that scene.

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