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The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Daredevils of the Desert (1999)

Indiana Jones helps British and Australian soldiers take the town of Beersheba during the Great War.


Simon Wincer


Frank Darabont


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Patrick Flanery ... Indiana Jones (archive footage)
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Maya (archive footage) (as Catherine Zeta Jones)
Julian Firth ... Richard Meinertzhagen (archive footage)
Cameron Daddo ... Jack Anders (archive footage)
Douglas Henshall ... T.E. Lawrence (archive footage)
Haluk Bilginer ... Col. Ismet Bey (archive footage)
Daniel Craig ... Schiller (archive footage)
Kerem Atabeyoglu Kerem Atabeyoglu ... Rashid (archive footage)
Colin Baker ... Chauvel (archive footage)
Tony Bonner ... Bouchier (archive footage)
Terrence Hardiman ... Fitzgerald (archive footage)
Stuart Bennett Stuart Bennett ... Kevin (archive footage)
Todd Boyce ... Dex (archive footage)
Bernard Brown ... General Hodgson (archive footage)
Vincenzo Nicoli ... Kazim (archive footage)


Working with a beautiful lady spy, Indiana Jones is assigned to assist the British forces in their attack on the Turkish-occupied town of Beersheba. With a regiment of the Australian Lighthorsemen approaching, Indy must defuse the explosives the Turks have placed throughout the town. Written by Alexander Lum

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Adventure | War







Release Date:

3 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daredevils of the Desert See more »

Filming Locations:

Manisa, Turkey See more »

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Did You Know?


The Role of Henry Jones was originated by Sean Connery in Indiana Jones and Last Crusade, he also played the First James bond, in this film on of Connery's successors Daniel Craig Appears making him the second Bond actor to appear in an Indiana Jones Film, however Craig was Cast as bond a decade after this films release. See more »


Brig. Gen. William Grant: Gentlemen, our situation is passed desperate. If we do not take that town by dark our men are doomed.
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Alternate Versions

This extended version of "Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, The" (1992) {Palestine, October 1917 (#2.21)} features the following new scenes:
  • More battle footage from _Lighthorsemen, The (1987)_. This scene has new material featuring the Jack, Dex, a German generals and Shiller.
  • Longer introduction of Indy working undercover in Cairo dressed as a beggar
  • The scene of the British and Australian officers arguing in the bar is longer. Ned suggests they settle the matter with a rugby match.
  • Indy and T.E. Lawrence take a ride at night to the ruins of Gaza and talk about its historic significance. T.E. tells Indy about the well of Abraham and complaints about his fame as 'Lawrence of Arabia'.
  • Instead of refusing Dex's offer to join the Australians Light Horse for lunch and riding out immediately, he accepts and tells them about his exploits during the war and mentions visiting Australia and flying in an airplane with Houdini.
  • Extra shots of Indy, Lawrence and Meinertzhagen traveling the desert on horseback.
  • A short scene of Indy and Maya arriving at the crossroads in which she learns they are heading for Beersheba.
  • The British and Australian officers getting briefed before marching across the desert to an undisclosed location.
  • New sequence of Maya and Indy resting at a well in which he mentions Jack and Dex. Maya, still in disguise appears to be played by a stand in instead of Catherine Zeta-Jones, though the lines seem to be dubbed by Jones.
  • More shots of the Australians packing their tents and putting on their gear while getting ready to leave.
  • Indy and Maya encounter a band of Arabs at the well who demand payment for their water: One camel and the woman.
  • Footage of the army advancing across the desert - Indy riding alone on his camel before being reunited with Maya, who gave the Arabs a sleeping potion and took their clothes.
  • Footage of the army braving a sandstorm
  • Indy and Maya have to cross a rickety old bridge where they are attacked by two Arabs on horseback.
  • Shiller and the Colonel comment on the unbearable heat while the Alies are almost out of water and finally learn their destination.
  • Extended scene of the Australians traveling by night.
  • A short exchange between Jack and Dex as they near Beersheba just before dawn.
  • Close ups of Indy stabbing Rashid.
  • Short scene of Meinertzhagen reporting back at base camp.
  • The scene where the Light brigade gets their orders is slightly longer.
  • During the battle, a few more shots of the stocky British grenadier who argued with Jack earlier.
  • One extra close-up of horses drinking from the wells just before the end credits.
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Boys Own Adventures
17 July 2006 | by zeppo-2See all my reviews

Enjoyable hokum and a throwback to the days of Saturday morning serials at the local cinema. A young hero, evil baddies and a dastardly plot that must be foiled! If you like the old type Boys Own adventures, this will be lots of fun. Just don't expect all the nuances of today's modern film making. This is all action, seat of your pants stuff for almost 80 minutes.

I felt transported back to my youth and can recommend this series of films, some are better than others and others are worse, but they all have a sense of fun.

Also nice to spot all the faces from British television, one actor from long running UK soap, Coronation Street, plays a German World War 1 officer. Quite a change of pace!

A young Catherine Zeta Jones plays a Mati Hari spy before she went on to Hollywood blockbusters and marriage or vice versa....

As young Indy, Sean Patrick Flanery makes an engaging hero and like the rest of the cast in this, looks to be enjoying himself.

Although not big budget, this betrays it's straight to video origins and plays like a good Hollywood blockbuster and I've seen far worse films with much more money spent on them.

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