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Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, Chapter 20 - Mystery of the Blues [VHS] (1993)

Sean Patrick Flanery , Harrison Ford , Carl Schultz  |  NR |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Sean Patrick Flanery, Harrison Ford, Jeffrey Wright, Jay Underwood, Keith David
  • Directors: Carl Schultz
  • Writers: George Lucas, Jule Selbo
  • Producers: George Lucas, Rick McCallum
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: October 27, 1999
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792158407
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,979 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It's bathtub gin, smoky jazz clubs and bullet-ridden corpses as Indy comes on like gangbusters in prohibition-era Chicago. Going to college and working in a seedy speakeasy bring Indy into contact with jazz great Sidney Bechet who teaches him how to play the blues. Unfortunately, he also crosses paths with up-and-coming thug Al Capone and it's only with the assistance of his dorm roommate, future Untouchable Eliot Ness, that Indy is able to solve a vicious murder and prevent himself from ending up in a pair of cement overshoes.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Young Indys adventures in Chicago November 2, 1999
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The more I see of this underrated series, the more I can appreciate and admire Lucas's original vision. While each episode is complete in itself, each part also adds to a larger mosaic, moreso now that the Old Indy bookends have gone. This movie is also notable for the return of Harrison Ford as an older Indy in a comical, if inconsequential, bookend. In this movie, Indy finally begins college after having been away in europe fighting in the war. Whilst working as a waiter to pay for his tuition Indy crosses paths with the likes of Sidney Bechet and even Al Capone. He also meets his old war buddy Ernie Hemingway whom he'd met in Italy (see Tales of Innocence). Its fair to say that there is little action in this episode (or the whole series for that matter) however the point, of this series, wasn't simply to see how much action Indiana could confront. If it's simply action that you want then this whole series really doesn't compare to the movies, but then again what does?! The point of the series is more cerebral. Having seen Indy at high school in Spring Break Adventure, it's interesting to reflect how different his approach to education has become following his war exploits, a point he comments on in this movie. In my view this is definitely one of the best movies of this thoughfully created series. It has a SUPERB soundtrack too!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music November 1, 1999
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A previous reviewer commented that there is not a lot of action in this particular episode. This is true, but as someone who enjoys music, and jass in particular, this was one of the most enjoyable two hours I've ever spent watching televion. I've been waiting for this to come to video since it first aired some 5 or 6 years ago.
As with the rest of the YIJ series, the period sets are amazing, and the historical detail wonderful. The insight into music of the period was facinating. This is not an episode that will pull you through, but it's a luxurious hour and a half with incredibly well-done score (you can buy the soundtrack seperately). And there's a bit of action too, to give the episode as a whole some motion. Bottom line, though, is that it's about the music, and if you find that at all interesting you'll love the show.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blues Traveller Makes One Too Many Historical Stops December 16, 1999
By A Customer
The first hour of this film is in every way a full realization of the promise of the series. The historical situation is particularly plausible. Indiana Jones meets Sidney Bechet while working in a club to pay for his college expenses, befriends him, and gets to meet other jazz greats who were actually Bechet's friends. Along the way, we get a glimpse into the deep racial divide present in early 20th century America. And as the relationship between Bechet and Indy deepens, we get a primer about the mechanics and soul of jazz and the blues. The actor playing Sidney Bechet is a particularly fine guide into this world, and sorely missed in the second half of the film.
Indeed, much that was great in the film's first hour is missing in the second. This part, probably the newer of the two segments, suffers from the excesses of the series. Too many historical figures dropped too coincidentally into Indy's life. Elliot Ness as his roommate? Possible, because Ness DID attend the University of Chicago at roughly the time depicted here. But hardly plausible or necessary. Through the war years, we had a very effective, entirely fictional "sidekick" in Remy, and we could've used such a character here. The Ness that comes into view here is modeled far too much on Ness' own, largely fictional, view of himself presented in "The Untouchables". Yes, he was by all accounts a scrupulously honest man, but he was far from the square he's pictured as here. Indeed, Ness was a voracious party-goer--and frequent drinker--much to the detriment of his own career and relationships. Thus, while portraying him as straight-laced makes him an interesting dramatic foil for Jones' "hipper" character, it's not good history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indy's relationship to music October 30, 1999
By A Customer
While this may not be one of the most action-oriented Young Indy episodes, the second hour of the episode does have more action than the last reviewer lets on. For example, Indy gets into some pretty hairy situations with the Chicago underground, meets Al Capone, gets tied up, shot at, etc. But the point of this episode is about Indy's relationship with music, a trait which is very much Indiana Jones (readers of the Rob MacGregor Indy books will understand this). Harrison Ford well recognised the quality of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, as it gives a much better understanding of Indy's character. That's why he agreed to do the bookends to this episode. I think this is one of the better Young Indys.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best young indy movies! August 4, 2000
this is a very good indy story, and it even has a special appearance by harrison ford. the movie is the story he tells to an indian guy about when he learned to play the saxophone. a good story with a part about jazz where indy joins up with sydney bechet. the other part is for the action and mystery lovers, indy and his friends try to break up al capone's illegal booze ring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe The Best Episode Of This Series Ever! August 8, 2013
I'll never forget seeing this episode when it originally aired in 1993. It was broadcast during the blizzard of 1993. I saw it with my buddy Sean and we marveled at the historical fiction of the episode. I loved how the show interwove how American society was at that time. It showed how far America has come. Yet it also reflected how far the country has to go. The discussion of the Chicago race riot of 1919 was a reflection of the just simmered LA riot of 1992. Remember the quote: "The more things change the more they stay the same."

Here we have a young Indiana Jones working his way through college as a waiter. He befriends a group of African-American band members and in the process learns to play the saxophone. From there he becomes involved in a murder mystery that puts him in sights of O'Bannion's Irish Gang and the up and coming Al Capone. Eliot Ness makes a cameo appearance and we see how square the guy was; although whether he was this square in real life is up to historians to decide. In my opinion any man who hated Capone that much should be considered square. Nevertheless, this episode rises and takes those who are students of American history to new levels.

I recommend this episode highly. I plan on purchasing it for my collection in VHS and the total DVD set. Buy it and you won't be disappointed.

A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
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