‘When Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom opened on May 23, 1984, critics saw the contents of Lucas and Spielberg’s psyches. They didn’t understand the context, the genuine pain, and a few of them wigged out.New York‘s David Denby compared Spielberg to Mola Ram, casting spells on his audience. People said the movie’s middle sequence “may be the most unconscionable 45 minutes in movie history.” Taking kids to Temple of Doom, the magazine said, was a “cinematic form of child abuse.”‘


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