The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father (TV Movie 1996) Poster

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10/10
Carrier makes the best Indy
casey_jaron12 June 2001
In my opinion, 'Young Indiana Jones Travels with Father' is the best in the series. The acting is fair, the story is great, the scenery is very pleasant, and the whole movie adventure is simply fantastic. If only I could get hold of the video! This movie is perfect viewing for all ages. Young Indy fans, look out for this one.
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7/10
Pleasant journey
CuriosityKilledShawn8 April 2008
After the extremely dull Perils of Cupid this next adventure of Young Indiana Jones is a helluva lot more interesting. His first adventure takes place in Russia, where his parents are staying in a castle with a bunch of important people. Indy gets into trouble and his dad gets furious. Tired of his parents' rules he runs away and meets an old man who just so happens to be Leo Tolstoy, the famous author of War and Peace.

As they both try to flee from their families across the Russian countryside both Indy and Tolstoy learn from each other and develop quite a touching relationship. In the end they realize that going home is the best thing to do, but not before an interesting trade.

In the second half Indy travels to Athens where his tutor takes ill. His mother whisks her away to a spa leaving Indy all alone with his dad. Not knowing how to deal with the boy on his own, Henry Jones Snr. takes Indy to all the important historical sites Athens has to offer. At first he's strict and hard, as per usual, but as soon as Indy starts to take in all of the lectures he lightens up and they have their own crazy adventure after a flock of sheep eat their clothes while skinny dipping.

I've said it before but Lloyd Owen really does do a good impersonation of Sean Connery and, eye color aside, he convinces as a younger version of the Henry Jones Snr. we saw in The Last Crusade.

It still doesn't have any definitive imagery, unlike the movies, but makes for entertaining viewing on a wet afternoon nonetheless.
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Very interesting "young Indy" movie.
TxMike18 January 2009
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When I pulled this DVD off the shelves of my public library I didn't know what to expect. I am a big fan of the 4 Indiana Jones movies with Harrison Ford and was hoping this one would be entertaining.

As it turns out I am very happy with my viewing experience. Young actor Corey Carrier is Henry "Junior" Jones at age 10, traveling with his father and mother. Roughly the first half of the movie is in Russia and the second half in Greece, both filmed in authentic locations.

In Russia young Henry keeps getting into mishaps (never his fault!!) and with his parents upset he decides to run away. He meets up with an old man in a haystack, who turns out to be Michael Gough as famous Russian author Leo Tolstoy, who it turns out is also running away.

In Greece Junior and dad are going to visit a monastery high on cliffs, with the only transportation being a wooden elevator manually operated with ropes and pulleys. Ont the way down they get stranded, and no one responds, so they have to figure a way to fabricate a ladder.

As I watched the movie I decided to try to visualize this 10 year old boy as the one who would grow up to be Harrison Ford and Indiana Jones, and it worked. The writers and directors of the episode did a good job making this boy have the early characteristics of the future fearless explorer.
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Well-acted but too dialogue-driven at times
alainenglish30 October 2009
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The fourth segment of the "Adventures of Young Indiana Jones" sees Indy travel with his father to Russia, and then to Greece. Despite a good sequence where Indy and his father narrowly avoid getting killed being lifted down a clifftop, the segment is too dull and wordy and feels like the historical lecture the series, in it's original form, was accused of being.

There is a good performance from British actor Micheal Gough as a curmudgeonly and almost senile Leo Tolstoy, and George Jackos does not have nearly enough screen time as famed Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis. I would like to have gotten some insight into the man who created "Zorba the Greek".

George Carrier and Lloyd Owen play well enough off each other, but went they're standing in an ancient Greek amphitheatre debating logic you can only balk at the missed dramatic potential in exploring the later fraught relationship between these two characters.

Still good quality, but in other respects a disappointment.
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Series is okay, but not good enough...
DDP-215 October 1999
I liked the young Indiana Jones Chronicles, but it never really seemed like it was the same Indy from the movies. All I mostly remember from the series, was Indy wandering around w/ the Belgian Army during WWI alot. The series never got into the "meat" of young Indy: The death of his mother; early adventures (other than running into historical figures); showing exactly what happened with Professor Ravenwood and Marion; showing him and his faithful sidekick from Temple of Doom...Yohan! Basically, alot of things brought up in the movies never got covered in the TV series. They should have added this kind of stuff to the episodes they made.
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