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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea -- 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...

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Jules Verne (based on: "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" by)
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Release Date:
24 December 1916 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Interesting & Generally Entertaining, Though Lacking Verne's Depth See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Dan Hanlon ... Professor Aronnax
Edna Pendleton ... Aronnax's Daughter
Curtis Benton ... Ned Land
Allen Holubar ... Capt. Nemo
Matt Moore ... Lieutenant Bond
Jane Gail ... A Child of Nature
Howard Crampton ... Cyrus Harding
William Welsh ... Charles Denver (as William Welch)
Lois Alexander ... Prince Daaker's Daughter as a Child
Wallis Clark ... Pencroft (as Wallace Clark)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph W. Girard ... Maj. Cameron (uncredited)
Ole Jansen ... (uncredited)
Noble Johnson ... (uncredited)
Leviticus Jones ... Neb (uncredited)
Martin Murphy ... Herbert Brown (uncredited)

Directed by
Stuart Paton 
 
Writing credits
Jules Verne (based on: "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" by)

Stuart Paton  uncredited

Produced by
Carl Laemmle .... producer (uncredited)
Stuart Paton .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Brian Benison (1991)
Maximilien Mathevon (2003)
 
Cinematography by
Eugene Gaudio (photographed by)
 
Art Direction by
Frank Ormston (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martin Murphy .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George M. Williamson .... underwater photographer (as George Williamson)
J. Ernest Williamson .... underwater photographer (as Ernest)
Friend Baker .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Milton Loryea .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Brian Benison .... music (1991)
Alexander Rannie .... music (1991)
 
Other crew
Carl Laemmle .... president: The Universal Film Mfg. Co.
H.H. Barter .... technical director (uncredited)
Hertzel Effensachs .... underwater director (uncredited)
James Milburn .... assistant technical director (uncredited)
 
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105 min | UK:84 min (video)
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Black and White (tinted and toned)
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | UK:PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review: of Motion Pictures) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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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 »
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Continuity: 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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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Interesting & Generally Entertaining, Though Lacking Verne's Depth, 14 January 2002
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This early adaptation of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" is interesting, and generally entertaining, though it lacks the depth of the original story. Its strengths are the underwater effects, the settings, and the camera work, which at times are remarkable for the era. On the other hand, it makes little attempt to convey the most important themes of Verne's story, settling instead for straightforward adventure and melodrama, which are much easier to film.

One can only guess how exciting it might have been in 1916 to see some of these images and special effects. Only occasionally does it falter a bit and lose the illusion of reality for a short time; otherwise it is quite convincing. Just seeing the underwater photography alone must have been pretty impressive at the time, and they also managed to get some interesting sea creatures on film. The photography itself is pretty good throughout the movie, and some of the props and settings are nicely done.

The story draws rather freely both from "20,000 Leagues ... " and also from another Verne story, "Mysterious Island". It is a mostly entertaining yarn, full of action and with some unexpected developments. But only a small portion of Verne's scientific vision comes across, and none of the depth of the characters and of their interactions has been preserved. Captain Nemo is one of literature's more complex and thought-provoking characters, but here he becomes more of a stock melodrama figure. Professor Arronax and Ned Land are mostly spectators, rather than providing worthy foils for the mad genius Nemo.

It's by no means a bad movie, and if you are a silent film fan and/or are interested in film history, there should be enough here to make it worth watching. But otherwise, the 1950's Disney version does a much better job of filming the profound vision and philosophical conflict found in Verne's original novel.

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