Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: George Lucas, Robert Watts, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy
  • Writers: Screenplay, Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz, Story, George Lucas
  • Genres: Action, Adventure
  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan, Amrish Puri, Roshan Seth, Philip Stone

In 1935 (a year before the events of Raiders of the Lost Ark), Indiana Jones narrowly escapes the clutches of a crime boss in Shanghai. With prententious nightclub singer Willie Scott and his eight-year-old Chinese sidekick Short Round in tow, Indiana flees Shanghai on a plane that, unbeknownst to them, is owned by the crime boss. The pilots leave the plane to crash over the Himalayas, though the trio manage to escape on an inflatable boat and ride down the slopes into a raging river. They come to Mayapore, a desolate village in northern India, where the poor villagers believe them to have been sent by the Hindu god Shiva and enlist their help to retrieve a sacred Sivalinga stone stolen from their shrine, as well as the community’s kidnapped children, from evil forces in the nearby Pankot Palace. During the journey to Pankot, Indiana hypothesizes that the stone may be one of the five fabled Sankara stones, which promise fortune and glory.

The trio receive a warm welcome from the residents of Pankot Palace, who rebuff Indiana’s questions about the villagers’ claims and his theory that the ancient Thuggee cult is responsible for their troubles. Later that night, however, Indiana is attacked by a would-be assassin, leading him, Willie and Short Round to an underground temple where the Thuggee worship the Hindu goddess Kali with human sacrifice. The trio discover that the Thuggee, led by their evil high priest Mola Ram, are in possession of three of the five Sankara stones, and have enslaved the children to mine for the final two stones, which they hope will allow them to rule the world. As Indiana tries to retrieve the stones, he, Willie and Short Round are captured and separated. Indiana is forced to drink a potion called the “Blood of Kali,” which places him in a trance-like state called the “Black Sleep of Kali Ma,” and begins to mindlessly serve Mola Ram. Willie, meanwhile, is kept as a human sacrifice, while Short Round is put in the mines to labour alongside the enslaved children. Short Round breaks free and escapes back into the temple where Willie is about to be lowered into a pit of lava. He burns Indiana with a torch, shocking him out of the Black Sleep. While Mola Ram escapes, Indiana and Short Round manage to save Willie, retrieve the three Sankara stones and free the village children.

After a mine cart chase to escape the temple, the trio emerge above ground only to be cornered by Mola Ram and the Thuggee on a rope bridge over a crocodile-infested river. Using a machete stolen from one of the Thuggee warriors, Indiana cuts the rope bridge in half, leaving everyone to hang on for their lives. In one final struggle against Mola Ram for the Sankara stones, Indiana invokes an incantation, causing the stones to glow red hot. Two of the stones fall into the river, while the last falls into and burns Mola Ram’s hand. Indiana catches the now-cool stone while Mola Ram falls into the river below and is torn to pieces by the crocodiles. A company of British Indian Army riflemen from Pankot arrive to apprehend the remaining Thuggee. Indiana, Willie and Short Round return victoriously to the Indian village with their sacred Sankara stone and missing children.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

  • Directors: Robert Zemeckis
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Robert Watts, Kathleen Kennedy
  • Writers: Novel, Gary K Wolf, Screenplay, Jeffrey Price and Peter S Seaman
  • Genres: Animation, Comedy, Crime, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
  • Actors: Bob Hoskins, Charles Fleischer, Christopher Lloyd, Kathleen Turner, Joanna Cassidy

In 1947, Los Angeles, California, Toons commonly interact with the Hollywood studio system and live in a section of the city known as Toontown. Roger Rabbit is the star of “Maroon Cartoon” animated short subjects, but he has trouble following the director’s commands, delaying the production. Rumours are going about that Roger’s wife Jessica has a sugar daddy and studio head R.K. Maroon hires private investigator Eddie Valiant to look into the matter. Eddie, whose brother Teddy was killed by a Toon five years before, reluctantly takes the job. He discovers that the buxom Jessica is “cheating” on Roger by literally playing pattycake with Marvin Acme, owner of the Acme Corporation and Toontown. Eddie reveals photographic evidence to Roger, who sinks into depression. Marvin Acme is found murdered the next day, and Roger becomes the prime suspect.

At the crime scene, Eddie is met by Judge Doom of the Toontown District Superior Court and his Toon Patrol weasel henchmen. Doom is eager to use “The Dip”, a mixture of chemicals that can dissolve any Toon character on contact, on Roger once he can be found. Eddie encounters Baby Herman, Roger’s co-star, who swears that Roger is innocent and that Acme’s will, which would have left Toontown to the Toons, has gone missing; if the will is not found by midnight, Toontown could be sold at a public auction. Roger himself turns up at Eddie’s office and pleads his innocence. Eddie begins to investigate the case deeper with his on-off girlfriend Dolores and a Toon taxicab named Benny while trying to keep Roger hidden from the Toon Patrol. Eddie discovers that Jessica was forced by Maroon to get close to Acme or else he would have ruined Roger’s career. Maroon himself admits that he was forced into blackmail by another person, but before he can reveal who it was to Eddie, he is fatally shot by an unknown shooter.

Eddie and Doom then fight, using assorted Toon props found within the factory, until Eddie is able to run Doom over with a steamroller. The crushing does not kill Doom; instead, Doom reveals himself to be a Toon, the same one that killed Eddie’s brother. Eddie manages to open the drain on the Dip sprayer, showering Doom with the mixture and dissolving him. Eddie frees Roger and Jessica, their relationship having been mended, while the Dip sprayer harmlessly crashes through the warehouse wall into Toontown and immediately smashed by a Toon train. As numerous Toons enter the warehouse to see what the commotion is, Eddie discovers Acme’s will. It was an apparent blank piece of paper that Acme had given to Jessica that Roger later wrote a love poem to his wife on, but the will itself was written in disappearing/reappearing ink. With the will in hand, the Toons celebrate the ownership of Toontown and sing “Smile, Darn Ya, Smile” while Roger and Jessica as well as Eddie and Dolores rekindle their relationships.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Robert Watts, Executive producers, George Lucas, Frank Marshall
  • Writers: Screenplay, Jeffrey Boam, Tom Stoppard, Story, George Lucas, Menno Meyjes
  • Genres: Action, Adventure
  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott, Julian Glover, River Phoenix, John Rhys Davies

The 1912 prologue depicts Indiana Jones as a Boy Scout in Utah, battling grave robbers for an ornamental cross that belonged to Francisco VГЎsquez de Coronado. As the grave robbers give chase, Indiana hides in a circus train, where he uses a whip, scars his chin, and gains his fear of snakes. Although he rescues the Cross of Coronado, the robbers tell the sheriff that Indiana was the thief, and he is forced to return it. Indiana’s father, Henry, remains oblivious as he researches the Holy Grail, keeping meticulous notes in a diary that contains his life’s research into its whereabouts. The leader of the robbers, dressed similarly to the future Indiana and impressed by his tenacity, gives Indiana his fedora and some encouraging words. In 1938, Indiana recovers the cross from the robbers and donates it to Marcus Brody’s museum.

Indiana is taken to meet Walter Donovan at his penthouse in New York City. Donovan informs him that Indiana’s father has vanished while searching for the Grail, having used partial directions from an incomplete stone tablet as a guide. Indiana receives Henry’s Grail diary in the mail. Understanding that his father would not have sent the diary unless he was in trouble, Indiana and Marcus travel to Venice, where they meet Henry’s colleague, Dr. Elsa Schneider. Indiana and Elsa discover catacombs beneath the library where Henry was last seen, finding the tomb of Sir Richard—a knight of the First Crusade who is buried with a complete version of the tablet. The tablet provides a datum in the form of Д°skenderun, Hatay, allowing Indiana to interpret the remaining directions. Indiana and Elsa flee when the catacombs are set aflame by the Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword. Indiana captures the cult’s leader, Kazim, who explains that the Brotherhood has guarded the secret of the Grail for centuries. Indiana explains that he only wants to find his father, so Kazim tells him that Henry was taken to a castle on the Austrian-German border.

The Joneses, Marcus and Sallah arrive to find that the Nazis are unable to pass through three “trials”—booby traps guarding the Grail. The four are discovered, and Donovan fatally wounds Henry with a gunshot to force Indiana to seek the Grail for its healing powers. Indiana finds ways past the traps using information from the diary; Donovan and Elsa follow. Indiana meets the last Knight of the First Crusade—kept alive by the power of the Grail—who has hidden the Grail among many false Grails that will kill anyone who drinks from them. Elsa selects a golden cup for Donovan, but when he drinks water from it, he rapidly ages and decomposes. Indiana, recognizing that Christ’s cup would be that of a carpenter, drinks from a wooden chalice—the Grail. He uses it to take water to his father, healing his gunshot wound instantly. Despite the Knight’s having warned them not to take the Grail from the temple, Elsa attempts to do so, causing the temple to collapse. Elsa drops the Grail and falls into a chasm attempting to recover it. Indiana almost meets the same fate until his father tells him to let it go. The Joneses, Marcus and Sallah flee the temple and ride into the sunset, after Henry reveals to the group that “Indiana” was the name of the family dog.

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

  • Directors: Richard Marquand
  • Producers: Howard Kazanjian, George Lucas, Robert Watts, Rick McCallum,
  • Writers: Screenplay, George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, Story, George Lucas
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels

Luke Skywalker, having fashioned himself as a Jedi Knight, initiates a plan to rescue the frozen Han Solo from the vile crime lord Jabba the Hutt. Princess Leia infiltrates Jabba’s palace on Tatooine disguised as a bounty hunter and releases Han from his carbonite prison, but is caught and forced to serve as Jabba’s slave girl. Luke arrives the next morning and allows himself to be captured. Jabba sentences Luke and Han to be fed to the monstrous Sarlacc. As he is about to be put to death, Luke breaks free and a large battle erupts; in the ensuing chaos, Leia strangles Jabba to death with her slave chains, Han inadvertently knocks Boba Fett, the bounty hunter who captured him, into the gaping maw of the Sarlacc, and Luke destroys Jabba’s sail barge, escaping with his allies. As Han and Leia rendezvous with the other Rebels, Luke returns to Dagobah where he finds that Yoda is dying. With his last breaths, Yoda confirms that the evil Darth Vader is Luke’s father, Anakin Skywalker, and that Luke must confront him again to become a true Jedi Knight. He and the spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi also reveal that Luke has a twin sister, whom Luke deduces to be Leia.

Back on Endor, the strike team finally destroys the shield generator, and the Rebel fleet, after a fierce battle in which they manage to destroy the Imperial flagship the Executor, the Imperial fleet breaks up and an opportunity to launch a final assault on the Death Star finally arises. Lando leads the remaining ships into the station and fires at the main reactor, causing it to collapse. Luke escapes on an Imperial shuttle with his father’s body before the Death Star explodes, and Lando escapes in the Millennium Falcon. On Endor, Leia reveals to Han that Luke is her brother, and they share a kiss. That evening, Luke returns to Endor and cremates his father’s armor on a funeral pyre. The entire galaxy celebrates the fall of the Empire. During the Rebels’ own celebration on Endor, Luke catches sight of the spiritual figures of Obi-Wan, Yoda, and his redeemed father, who watch over them with pride.