Tonight in Raleigh, the Colony Theater’s Cool Classics series will be screening Steven Spielberg’s action adventure hit “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
So let’s take a look at the ‘30s-set sequel, actually a prequel since it takes place a year before the events of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), with a snappy behind-the-scenes slideshow of stills taken while the film was in production in 1983.
Director Spielberg can be seen directing Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw (later to be Mrs. Spielberg), Amrish Puri and Jonathan Ke Quan (as 12-year-old sidekick Short Round) throughout shooting in exotic locations in Sri Lanka and China, as well as sound stages in England, and California.
Producer and co-writer George Lucas was also present on set, as was Dan Aykroyd, who has a brief cameo as an Englishman named Weber who walks Indy and friends to the plane after the opening Shag Hai-set sequence at the Club Obi Wan. Aykroyd that same summer was giving Dr. Jones a run for his money in “Ghostbusters.”
Spielberg, Lucas, and producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy can also be seen in the background in the same airport.
If you don't remember those cameos, or that the Club was named after Lucas's famous “Star Wars” character or whatever else, be sure to come see “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” on the big screen tonight at the Colony. It starts at 7:30, and admission is $5.00.
I myself haven't seen it on the big screen since the summer of '84 at the Plaza Theater in Chapel Hill. The Plaza, sadly, was demolished ages ago and there's only an empty lot where it used to stand now. Sigh.
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