The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
This film and Gremlins were both released in 1984 and were given PG ratings by the MPAA, despite the explicit violence shown in both. The uproar from parental groups caused director Steven Spielberg to suggest a new rating between PG and R be created, thus PG-13 came into existence.
Indiana Jones is named after George Lucas' Alaskan malamute Indiana, Willie was the name of Steven Spielberg's dog, hence Willie Scott, and Short Round was the name of writers Willard Huyck & Gloria Katz's dog at the time. Therefore, the three leads are named for the Writers' & Director's dogs.
The "chilled monkey-brains" were made from custard and raspberry sauce.
14 dummies fall off the bridge when it is cut. Batteries inside them operate their leg and arm movements to make it look like they're really kicking and flailing.
For the bug chamber sequence, Kate Capshaw was covered with over 2,000 bugs.
The film's original title was "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Death" which was changed because it sounded too foreboding. It was retained as the film's German title ("Indiana Jones und der Tempel des Todes").
The rope bridge used during the final fight scene was actually suspended up a couple of hundred feet across a gorge on location in Sri Lanka. Acrophobic Steven Spielberg would never walk over it, and had to drive a mile and a half to reach the other side. Harrison Ford, however, had no trouble with it and, according to Spielberg, ran from one end to the other the first time he set foot on it, saying, "Aw, that's nothing."