|Phantom Train of Doom|
|Released||October 24, 1999|
Young Indiana Jones and the Phantom Train of Doom is the tenth film in The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. It originally aired June 5, 1993. The film was re-titled Phantom Train of Doom for release on home video. The home video edit is nearly identical to the broadcast version.
Chapter 10 in the complete adventures of Indiana Jones proves age is no barrier to adventure when Indy and a group of elderly commandos take on a fiendishly powerful weapon in war-torn Africa.
Indy is ordered to locate and destroy a powerful German artillery gun that is mysteriously able to appear and disappear at will, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Assisting him is a colorful group of soldiers nicknamed "The Old and the Bold" because of their old age and reckless courage. Their mission takes them on a dangerous journey across the German-held veldt via wagon train and hot-air balloon. Overcoming all manner of obstacles presented by the enemy, his own side and the harsh African terrain, Indy relentlessly follows the trail of the mega-gun right into the bowels of a secret mountain hideout, where he plans an explosive end for the phantom train of doom.
Weary of the carnage of the Western Front, Indiana Jones and his friend Remy transfer to Africa, each receiving promotions to the rank of lieutenant in the Belgian Army. A few missteps put them on the wrong train, and the young officers end up hopelessly lost in the veldt. Trying to get back to their unit, Indy and Remy come across a colorful group of soldiers nicknamed "The Old and the Bold." The 25th Frontiersman Battalion, Royal Fusiliers are led by Frederick Selous, the famed hunter that Indy met years ago while on safari with Teddy Roosevelt. Selous sees Jones' passing knowledge of trains as good luck, and orders Indy on a mission to destroy the Phantom Train: a powerful rail-mounted German artillery gun that is mysteriously able to appear and disappear at will.Jones is the youngest of the lot by far -- most of the Frontiersmen were too old for active service, so they formed their own unit -- and this adventure causes him to rethink his assumptions about age and experience.
Pleased with Jones' luck, Selous takes the unwitting Indy on the next Frontiersman caper: the capture of the notorious German military mastermind, Colonel Paul Von Lettow-Vorbeck. Peasant disguises, a hot air balloon, a pride of lions, a giant termite snack and angry natives all figure into a thrilling chase across the Africa savanah as Indy ends up unwilling captor to the opinionated officer. "It's like we kidnapped my father!" remarks Indiana Jones.
- Indiana Jones
- Remy Baudouin
- Frederick Selous
- Margarete Trappe
- Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck
- Donald Parks
- Birdy Soames
- General Jan Christiaan Smuts
- General Tom Boer
- Richard Meinertzhagen
- Bill MacMillan
- Mr. Golo
Companion Historical DocumentariesEdit
- Chasing the Phantom - Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck
- Dreaming of Africa - The Life of Frederick Selous
- At Home and Abroad - The Two Faces of Jan Smuts
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Although the 1999 VHS box art refers to the film as The Phantom Train of Doom, the title appears in the film without the initial article.