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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916)

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Captain Nemo has built a fantastic submarine for his mission of revenge. He has traveled over 20,000 leagues in search of Charles Denver - a man who caused the death of Princess Daaker. ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Dan Hanlon ...
Edna Pendleton ...
Curtis Benton ...
Allen Holubar ...
Matt Moore ...
Jane Gail ...
Howard Crampton ...
William Welsh ...
Charles Denver (as William Welch)
Lois Alexander ...
Prince Daaker's Daughter as a Child
Wallis Clark ...
Pencroft (as Wallace Clark)


Captain Nemo has built a fantastic submarine for his mission of revenge. He has traveled over 20,000 leagues in search of Charles Denver - a man who caused the death of Princess Daaker. Seeing what he had done, Denver took the daughter to his yacht and sailed away. He abandoned her and a sailor on a mysterious island and has come back after all these years to see if she is still alive and if the nightmares he has will stop. The daughter has been found by five survivors of a Union Army Balloon that crashed near the island. At sea, Professor Aronnax was aboard the ship 'Abraham Lincoln' when Nemo rammed it and threw the Professor, his daughter and two others into the water. Prisoners at first, they are now treated as guests to view the underwater world and to hunt under the waves. Nemo will also tells them about the Nautilus and the revenge that has driven him for all these years. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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24 December 1916 (USA)  »

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea  »

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This film became famous for its groundbreaking work in actual underwater photography by George M. Williamson and J. Ernest Williamson. See more »


In one scene on the island the balloon survivors are at a table and a black servant appears. He never shows up again and is not rescued at the end of the film with the rest of the survivors. See more »

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The opening titles announce "The First Submarine Photoplay Ever Filmed". See more »


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Nemo the Bedouin
25 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As is the case with these early science fiction efforts, there some pretty interminable scenes for a modern viewer. The underwater hunting trip is endless, but in its time probably was quite remarkable. The interaction with the principle characters is virtually non-existent. Nemo has something going on and his submarine is known as a monster, yet he takes on board, those whose ship he destroyed. He seems intent on helping people and seems to have a good heart. Of course, the original book is thrown out the window, with a tale of a lost child and a dead wife and the pursuit of a man whom he has obsessed over. This is OK because it does bring in an interesting set of circumstances. It presents guilt and its implications. I did not see a very good print, which was distracting, but the early silent feature is quite inviting.

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