Censoring Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is the bastard child of the Indiana Jones series of films as it’s the film where creators George Lucas and Steven Spielberg were in exceptionally dark places personally which poured over into their work. In the case of Temple of Doom, it resulted in a film more influenced by the films of Lucio Fulci and Cannibal Holocaust ( tell me there isn’t some influence on Temple of Doom) than the bright adventure serials of their youth.

As you’d imagine Temple of Doom suffered heavy censorship on both sides of the Atlantic, and the film (as far as I know) has never been shown uncut on British television. Cutting Edge is a series of splendid YouTube documentaries outlining censorship in a number of films and it really deserves more views than it currently gets. Their episode on Temple of Doom is one of the most exhaustive, and best, examples of what they do. Their work really is wonderful and I recommend once you’ve watched this to go through their channel and see their other films as this sort of archive is essential for film fans interested in censorship.

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