Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom: Willie Scott EditionFeatured
Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom is our hero’s darkest adventure. After finding the remains of an ancient Chinese Emperor, Indy travels from China to India. There he risks his life, and soul, to recover a holy relic from the deadly cult of Kali worshipers.
The Willie Scott edition is a fanedit with a stronger female lead (removing excessive screaming and whining) and fewer distractions that pull the viewer out of the story (removing badly-dated special effects). Care was taken to cut as little as possible to achieve these goals. Where possible, excessive screams were silenced without cutting frames.
- Audio: AC3 5.1
- Subtitles: Yes (English, not hard-coded)
- Cut Willie's unfunny line about Nurhachi being a "real small guy".
- Reduced Willie's screaming as they fall through the canopies outside the Obi-Wan Club.
- Cut Short Round's line "This is fun". It felt wrong while they're being chased and shot at.
- Willie does not lose Indy's gun during the car chase, nor complains about a cracked nail.
- Removed the pilot's snickering as he leaves the plane.
- Reduced Willie's screaming as they get ready to jump out of the airplane.
- Faded Willie's scream after they jump out of the plane.
- Cut 3 brief poorly-done green-screen shots as the raft goes down the mountain.
- The raft falls into the river from a short cliff. One gravity-defying leap is enough.
- Smoother transition onto the shaman.
- Reduced Willie's whining when they mount the elephants.
- Short Round calls his elephant "best friend" once, not twice.
- Willie does not scream at the jungle nightlife, letting us focus on Indy and Short Round's poker game. This scene helps establish the strength of their bond, making Indy's momentary betrayal and subsequent redemption in the temple all the more heart-wrenching.
- Cut comments about the flying foxes. They are not vampire bats.
- The dinner scene is reduced. No eyeball soup, and fewer shocked responses from Willie and Short Round. The monkey brains are retained because they're too iconic to remove (viewers would miss them).
- Small trim to Indy getting strangled in his room.
- Small trim to Willie offering herself to Indy.
- No distracting dead bodies pop out in the secret passage. Perhaps use it for a Goonies edit, not here.
- Cut Willie pushing on the statue's breasts. There was no point, she already had a door open.
- Trimmed Willie's panic over the bugs. No more whining over her nails.
- Cut the obviously fake cave between the trap-room and the temple.
- Cut the brief shot of Mola Ram's hand entering the Thuggee victim chest. What a lousy "special" effect! Now the heart-ripping scene plays the same as UK censors required it.
- Reduced the weakest effect shots in and of the lava pit.
- Slight trim to Indy being forced to drink Kali's blood.
- Reduced some of Willie's screaming as she's lowered into the pit. Again remove the least successful effects shots in and of the lava pit. Including fireball licking toward Willie.
- Cut lackey getting konked on the head with sledgehammer ala Looney Tunes.
- Cut worst stop-motion shots from mine-car chase. Cut worst fake-lava too.
- Trimmed bad guys falling to the crocodiles, to remove worst special effects.
- Lots of audio transitions were reworked to keep the flow of the beat of John Williams' wonderful score. (The sacrifice scene in the temple was frustrating because the tempo kept accelerating, making it harder to hide cuts!).
- Added FE logos at start and end.
- Updated the English subtitles (not hard-coded).
I loved this edit very much. It reminded me what I love most about this website - fanfixes that redeem the original film and actually improve it.
Temple of Doom was always my least favourite Indiana Jones film, perhaps competing with Crystal Skull. It had a few iconic scenes, true, but I never liked Kate Capshaw's incessant screaming and whining, and Short Round always felt redundant. But Lapis Molari's edit somehow redeemed the film for me. By toning down both characters, especially in scenes where they really should have fewer antics and shenanigans, Lapis strengthened them and also allowed the bond between SR and Indy to shine.
The visual and audio editing, as you can expect from Fanedit.org, are top notch.
Well done, Lapis Molari. This fan edit will definitely replace the original cut for me.
I've always loved Temple of Doom, even as the dark sheep of the original Indy Trilogy. Sure, Willie Scott (played by Kate Capshaw) was unbelievably irritating and added NOTHING at all to the movies, but it was still Harrison Ford in his prime as our favorite archaeologist-adventurer.
What Lapis set out to do would be nearly impossible without completely digitally removing Kate Capshaw, but in the end he did a fantastic job of toning down Willie's annoyingness. The edits are extremely clean and quick, and you really won't notice too much difference, though you will FEEL Willie is somewhat less screamy.
I thought the best changes were cutting Willie's dropping Indy's gun and complaining about cracking a nail (WHO CARES?! YOU'RE BEING CHASED BY PEOPLE TRYING TO KILL YOU!!), as well as completely cutting out all of her screaming at animals during the Indy/Short Round card game. In fact, the latter really does a good job of focusing on Indy and SR, letting you enjoy their relationship without being distracted by a poor joke/screaming Willie every 2 seconds. I also liked cutting Willie's 'I'm losing my voice' lines after falling off of the elephant, but I could have done with cutting her falling off too.
Ultimately, there is only so much that can be done with Temple of Doom. Spielberg himself said it was a troubled time for producer George Lucas and the two of them made a much darker film that intended. I don't have a problem with that. My issue is how horrible, annoying, and just plain arrogant the so called 'love interest' of Indy 2 was, and Lapis has done a great job of toning her down as much as possible. This fan edit as replaced the original cut in my library. Thanks Lapis!