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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Family | 23 December 1954 (USA)
A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.

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The oceans during the late 1860-92s are no longer safe; many ships have been lost. Sailors have returned to port with stories of a vicious narwhal (a giant whale with a long horn) which sinks their ships. A naturalist, Professor (Pierre) Aronnax, his assistant, Conseil, and a professional whaler, Ned Land, join an US expedition which attempts to unravel the mystery. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Jules Verne's 20000 Leagues Under the Sea  »

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During his 'Whale of a Tale' tune, two of the girls Ned sings about are named 'Mermaid Minnie' and 'Typhoon Tessie'. Minnie and Tessie were the two girls on his arms at the beginning of the film - you can hear him shout their names at one point during the street brawl. See more »

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A split second before the giant kraken clutches the rear of the submarine with its tentacles, the propeller stops rotating. There's no way a mollusk can prevent a ship propeller from rotating without taking severe damage, let alone that quick. See more »

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Conseil: Cannibals! Hundreds of cannibals! Captain, Captain, scores of boats!
Ned Land: Captain, we're under attack!
Captain Nemo: Naturally, since you invaded their privacy, they have every right to invade ours.
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A Whale of a Tale
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Al Hoffman
Sung by Kirk Douglas (uncredited)
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This is Truly a Mesmerising Masterpiece
1 July 2004 | by (S.W England, Plymouth,) – See all my reviews

The "Nautilus" is the star of the film.Manned by Captain Nemo (James Mason),this submarine/machine voyages the ocean.

The cast of Actors truly are amazing as they brilliantly help adapt Jules Verne's gripping under-ocean tale. It won an Academy award and so it should have done,as this was a masterpiece to watch.

It was certainly written in the late 19th century to educate victorians of places they could only wish to be.If cinema was around at that time accompanied with the book,this film would go down well.

It has recently also had a DVD release which has features galore.The special effects are also superb for its time.(1953)

The team have certainly done a great job,and with Richard Fleischer at the helm,Walt made himself proud.This was Disney's real hay-day,and i feel this is one of Disney's greatest films. (9.0/10)


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