Indiana Jones and the Temple has some of the most intense action sequences in Steven Spielberg’s filmography. It’s not just that there’s so much to choose from, but that the director barely gives audiences a chance to breathe once the action gets rolling.

One of those many scenes is this one from the third-act when Indy and his friends Willie and Short Round ride a runaway mine cart down an underground track to evade a group of murderous cult members in The Temple of Doom. The cart scene was originally part of Raiders but makes a lot of sense as a thrilling set piece in Temple of Doom.

Spielberg with actors Kate Capshaw and Ke Huy Quan in the mining cart used for the breathless chase sequence towards the end of the film

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was released in 1984 and directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the second installment in the Indiana Jones franchise and a prequel to the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark, featuring Harrison Ford reprising his role as the title character.

After arriving in North India, Indiana Jones is asked by desperate villagers to find a mystical stone and rescue their children from a Thuggee cult practicing child slavery, black magic and ritualistic human sacrifice in honor of the goddess Kali.


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)




The Mine-Cart Chase




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