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The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The Phantom Train of Doom (1999)

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November, 1916. Indiana Jones and Remy Baudouin have managed to get a transfer from the European trenches to the plains of Africa. On arrival they both receive a promotion to the rank of ... See full summary »

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November, 1916. Indiana Jones and Remy Baudouin have managed to get a transfer from the European trenches to the plains of Africa. On arrival they both receive a promotion to the rank of lieutenant in the Belgian Army. When they take the wrong train they end up in Moshi. Desprerate to join their unit in Lake Victoria, the two men bump into the 25th Royal Fusiliers, a unit of cranky old men led by Indy's old acquaintance Frederick Selous. Indy's passing knowledge of trains and fluent German comes in handy for the Fusiliers, who are about to go on a mission to find and destroy a Phantom Train that carries an enormous German artillery gun. After accomplishing their goal, Selous tricks Indy and Remy into joining his unit for another caper involving the capture of the German military strategist Colonel Von Lettow-Vorbeck. Written by Il Tesoro

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Selections of Joel McNeely's score, some of which is inspired by John Williams's scores for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and Hook (1991), can be heard on the Varese Sarabande CD "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Volume Four" (1994), produced by Robert Townson. This was the first full length score performed and recorded by The Western Australian Symphony Orchestra. See more »

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Their is only one black German solider on the train and he is seen to be shot and killed 3 times on the train and and again off of it during the hijacking sequence. See more »

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Selous: I suppose I could loan them my chukka. Mr. Colo?
Mr. Colo: Hakuna matata.
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References Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) See more »

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Before there was a Temple there was a Phantom Train
15 June 2009 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

Indy and Remy accidentally board the wrong train on their way to their next assignment. Once they realize their mistake they board another wrong train when trying to make their way back. Now hopelessly lost and facing the firing squad as deserters they encounter a group of old soldiers out in the African desert. For the time being their new mission is to take out a mysterious vanishing train with a massive cannon attached to it.

Phantom Train is certainly the fastest moving Young Indy adventure so far and there's never a dull moment in it. The second half is especially good as Indy and Remy kidnap Colonel Lettow-Vorbeck and hoist him away in a hot air balloon. The action scenes in this adventure are, for a change, up to the standard of the movies.

Though I am not sure of Paul Freeman as Frederick Selous (the real life inspiration for H. Rider Haggard's Allan Quatermain character). Why they cast the man who so famously played Indy's sleazy rival in Raiders to play a different person is beyond me. How great would it have been for Beloq to challenge Young Indy? His role as Selous here is bigger than the brief appearance he made in Passion for Life.

I can only hope that the rest will be this entertaining.


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