Running time: 105 minutes
Teenager Mandie is keen to join her uncle John on his mysterious quest into the mountains, but even though he refuses to take her with him she teams up with her friends Polly and Joe to follow him. Mandy finds a map that contains clues to finding a secret treasure hidden in the Lost Antler Cave-Mine. They get onboard of a steam train that will take them to area shown on the map. It turns out that uncle John is trying to fix Mandie’s grandmother’s mistake and return to Cherokees what was taken from them. On board they meet people, who has different plans towards the treasure. Mandie has to get involved in the risky adventure to save her uncle and, of course, find the treasure that will end the conflict between Cherokees and her grandmother. But the map includes only clues to dangers that lurk inside the mine and Mandie, Joe and Polly have to figure out how to avoid them.
Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure is one of the productions based on Lois Gladys Leppard children’s mystery novels, similiar in spirit to Nancy Drew adventures. Film is second of the series, after 2009 Mandie and the Secret Tunnel, and offers rather typical elements for children’s adventure movies - caricatural evil characters, simple story and few mysteries that lead to a treasure.
As for trains, part of the movie was shot in Tweetsie Railroad theme park, aboard an old train and not so old steam engine, but still some details of train cars from early 20th century in United States are visible. Of course it is cheap production (with budget around 1 million dollars) and made for children, so don’t expect much of it.
as Mandie Shaw
as Elizabeth Shaw
as Joe Woodard
as Uncle John
as Mary Elizabeth Taft