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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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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Walt Disney briefly considered English actor Ralph Richardson for the role of Captain Nemo. See more »

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When the Nautilus gets back underway after sinking from the New Guinea reef, Nemo states, "There are limits beyond which man and his puny efforts cannot survive, we exceeded them by 5,000 feet." Although not for another 100 years was any undersea craft built for such depth capability, and then only small research submersibles, the conceit of the film is that Nemo invented many advanced technologies far ahead of his time. See more »

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Captain Nemo: Ah, we're almost at the island of Crespo. All this was once an island. Although it is now sunk, it is nevertheless fertile. We do our hunting and farming here.
Professor Pierre Aronnax, narrator: Underwater?
Captain Nemo: The sea supplies all my wants.
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Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
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Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played by Captain Nemo on organ
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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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