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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
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"Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" was the second of the "Indiana Jones" films
about the 1930's archaeologist and adventurer.
 
The film stars Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones and Kate Capshaw as Willie Scott, a "dumb blonde"
nightclub entertainer who becomes Jones' partner in various adventures.
 
Early in the film, some coins appear on a table, they are based on Portuguese gold moidores.
Moidores circulated in the American colonies and were favorites of pirates.
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1. Title
 
This film is set before "Raiders of the Lost Ark" which introduced Indiana Jones,
a 1930's American archaeolgist who finds historic items.
 
Indiana is in a Shanghai China nightclub to sell a statue to Lao Che, a Chinese businessman and gangster.
Mr. Lao's girlfriend Willie Scott is a nightclub singer.
 
The deal goes bad and Indiana and Willie, joined by a Chinese boy,
escape on an airplane which takes them to India.
 
In India they are asked to look into a cult which has been stealing sacred stones and children.
After some more adventures, they manage to shut down the cult.
 
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2. Shanghai 1935
 
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3. Indiana Jones
 
He is here to sell a small statue of "Nurhachi" to Lao Che, a Chinese businessman/gangster.
The payment is supposed to be a large diamond.
 
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4. Willie and gangsters
 
Willie Scott is a nightclub singer and the girlfriend of Lao Che.
 
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5. Hostage
 
Lao Che's man pulls a gun and tries to steal the goods.
Indiana takes Willie as a hostage.
 
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6. Pays
 
Lao Che tries to pay for the statue with a bag of gold coins.
 
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7. Willie handles bag
 
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8. Rejection
 
Indiana rejects the coins, he wants the diamond.
"The diamond, Lao, the deal was for the diamond".
He has Willie hand them back.
Lao Che then reluctantly hands over the diamond and receives the statue.
 
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9. Lao Che and the Nurhachi
 
Lao Che has the Nurhachi and then tells Indiana that he has been poisoned.
He asks Indiana to return the diamond, which he does.
 
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10. Returned diamond and coins
 
This scene provides a closeup of the gold coins in the film.
The coins in the film were copied from gold Portuguese moidores but enlarged for film purposes.
The moidore was a Portuguese gold coin struck in the 1600's and 1700's.
 
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11. A replica set of coins
 
A Portuguese moidore:
 
Portugal moidore 1704
12. Portugal 4000 reis "moidore" 1704
 
The name "moidore" is an abbreviation for "moeda de ouro", or "money of gold".
Moidores were used in many places in the world, and are mentioned in stories of pirate treasure.
They appeared in Robert Louis Stevenson's book Treasure Island.
 
The legend "IN HOC SIGNO VINCES" is "In This Sign You will Conquer", a slogan
used by the Roman Emperor Constantine AD 312 to describe a vision he had of a Christian Cross
just before a battle.
 
The legend "PEDRO II DG PORT ET ALG REX" is an abbreviation for
"Pedro II by the Grace of God Portugal and Algavre King".
Pedro II (Peter II) was King of Portugal from 1683 to 1706.
 
A moidore would have a diameter of 29mm and weigh around 10.7 grams.
The closest United States gold coin was the $5 coin, weighing 8.4 grams or around 1/4 troy ounce.
A moidore would be worth around six American dollars or 27 British shillings.
 
Back to the film:
 
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13. Fight club
 
A fight breaks out at the nightclub with Indiana looking for an antidote to the poison and
Willie looking for the diamond.
 
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14. Car found
 
Indiana and Willie meet Short Round, a Chinese boy, he gets a car and drives them to the airport.
 
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15. Airplane
 
The airplane is ready to take off with extra passengers.
 
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16. Airplane inside
 
The airplane is carrying cargo.
 
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17. Pilot
 
The pilot checks on the passengers.
 
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18. Mountains
 
The airplane heads southwest towards mountains and then India.
In India, Indiana, Willie, and Short Round meet some villagers who tell them that a strange cult
is operating in the area. The cultists have taken some sacred stones and the children.
 
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19. India altar
 
The sacred stones were kept here.
 
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20. Elephants
 
Transportation is basic.
 
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21. Palace
 
The three enter a palace connected with the cult.
 
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22. Temple
 
They locate the cult headquarters at the "Temple of Doom", a Kali-worshipping group.
 
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23. Watching
 
The three watching the ceremonies.
 
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24. Mola Ram
 
Mola Ram is the leader of the cult.
 
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25. Indiana ready
 
After watching a human sacrifice and finding the missing children being used as slave laborers
in a mine, Indiana is disgusted and prepares to close the group down.
 
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26. Ready for mine car
 
After a fight, the three get ready to leave in a mine car.
The children, having freed themselves, escape separately.
 
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27. Indiana and Mola on a ladder
 
Outside, Indiana and Mola Ram enter a personal battle over a crocodile-filled river.
Mola loses and feeds the wildlife.
 
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28. Village return
 
The three return to the village with the sacred stones.
 
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29. Together
 
Notes:
 
Cast:
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
Kate Capshaw as Willie Scott
Ke Huy Quan as Short Round
Amrish Puri as Mola Ram
Roy Chiao as Lao Che
 
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz
Producer: Paramount Pictures
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