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Director:
Writer:
Earl Felton (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 December 1954 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Walt Disney's Mighty, Magnificent, Memorable 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea! See more »
Plot:
A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(3 articles)
Fincher diving into '20,000 Leagues'
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 15 May 2010, 7:00 AM, PDT)

Filmmaker Richard Fleischer Dies
 (From WENN. 27 March 2006)

Director Richard Fleischer Dies at 89
 (From WENN. 24 March 2006)

User Reviews:
Cuz He Swears By His Tattoo See more (104 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kirk Douglas ... Ned Land

James Mason ... Captain Nemo

Paul Lukas ... Prof. Pierre Aronnax

Peter Lorre ... Conseil

Robert J. Wilke ... First Mate of the Nautilus

Ted de Corsia ... Capt. Farragut
Carleton Young ... John Howard
J.M. Kerrigan ... Old Billy
Percy Helton ... Coach Driver
Ted Cooper ... Mate on 'Lincoln'
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chet Brandenburg ... Sailor (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Nautilus Seaman (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Reporter from The Post (uncredited)
Harper Goff ... Minister in San Francisco Steam Packet office (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Casey Moore (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Ticket Agent (uncredited)
Ray Linn Jr. ... Bass-Singing Sailor (uncredited)
Dayton Lummis ... Reporter from The Bulletin (uncredited)
Eddie Marr ... Shipping Agent (uncredited)
Laurie Mitchell ... One of Ned's Girlfriends (uncredited)
T. Monaghan ... Crewman (uncredited)

Ron Nyman ... Sailor (uncredited)

Gloria Pall ... Blonde Girlfriend (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Cannon Mate Carson (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Sailor (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Police Detective (uncredited)
S. Tarnell ... Crewman (uncredited)
Herb Vigran ... Reporter for the Globe (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Sailor (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Fleischer 
 
Writing credits
Earl Felton (screenplay)

Jules Verne  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Paul J. Smith  (as Paul Smith)
 
Cinematography by
Franz Planer (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Elmo Williams 
 
Production Design by
Harper Goff (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
John Meehan 
Harper Goff (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Emile Kuri 
 
Makeup Department
Louis Hippe .... hairdresser (as Lou Hippe)
Louis Hippe .... makeup artist (as Lou Hippe)
Emmy Eckhardt .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Dan Greenway .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Gustaf Norin .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Lillian Rader .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Fred Leahy .... production manager
Frederic Leahy .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Ed Ralph .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Connors Jr. .... assistant director
James Curtis Havens .... second unit director (as James Havens)
Russ Haverick .... assistant director
J. Matane .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Bruce Bushman .... sketch artist
Adam John Backauskas .... property maker (uncredited)
Art Cole .... property master: second unit (uncredited)
Arden Cripe .... property master (uncredited)
J.C. Delaney .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Juan Esquinta .... painter (uncredited)
Sandy Grace .... lead man (uncredited)
Juan Haquinta .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
John Harris .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
John Hench .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Roland Hill .... interior design consultant: Nautilus (uncredited)
De Nunsic .... painter (uncredited)
James Owens .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Russell Ray .... laborer (uncredited)
Freddie Stoos .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Art Sweet .... laborer (uncredited)
Karl Wiebach .... submarine interior (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert O. Cook .... sound recordist
C.O. Slyfield .... sound director
G.R. Danner .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John Hench .... special effects
Joshua Meador .... special effects (as Josh Meador)
Jim Donnelly .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Lou Gray .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Robert A. Mattey .... special effects director (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Ellenshaw .... matte artist
Ralph Hammeras .... effects photographer
Ub Iwerks .... special processes
Charles Bovel .... director of photography: visual effects unit (uncredited)
Marcel Delgado .... miniatures (uncredited)
Warren Wray Hamilton .... miniature technician (uncredited)
Andy Lane .... back projection supervisor (uncredited)
Chris Mueller .... model sculptor (uncredited)
Fred Sersen .... visual effects supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Albert Whitlock .... titles designer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Norman Bishop .... stunt diver (uncredited)
Ricou Browning .... stunt diver (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
John Daheim .... stunt double: James Mason (uncredited)
F. Donahue .... stunt diver (uncredited)
Alfred Hanson .... stunt diver (uncredited)
Stubby Kruger .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McGrath .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McMann .... stunt double: James Mason (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunt double: Robert J. Wilke (uncredited)
Gil Parker .... stunt diver (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Paulson .... stunt diver (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunt double: Kirk Douglas (uncredited)
Charles Regan .... stunt diver (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
D. Rochlen .... stunt diver (uncredited)
Ed Stepner .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Sterling .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Stropahl .... stunt diver (uncredited)
Louis Tomei .... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
Carl Vernell .... stunt double: Kirk Douglas (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunt double: Kirk Douglas (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Zendar .... stunt diver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Til Gabani .... underwater photographer (as Till Gabbani)
Charles P. Boyle .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Edward Colman .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Tom Eddy .... electrician (uncredited)
John Farrell .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Jim Grady .... electrician (uncredited)
Hadley .... camera grip (uncredited)
Paul Hill .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Dick Johnson .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Kauffman .... camera technician (uncredited)
James V. King .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
F. Bud Mautino .... camera operator (uncredited)
Morris Rosen .... key grip (uncredited)
Charles Russell .... grip (uncredited)
Don Stott .... chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Hal Swanson .... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Anthony Ugrin .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norman Martien .... costumer
Harrington .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Herman .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Robert Martien .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Robert Olivas .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Ottras .... costume assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Joseph Dubin .... orchestrator (as Joseph S. Dubin)
 
Other crew
Walt Disney .... presenter
Harper Goff .... production developer
Morgan Padelford .... Technicolor consultant
Fred Zendar .... diving master
Dick Anderson .... dive equipment master (uncredited)
Elliott Barns .... wrangler (uncredited)
Art Black .... first aid (uncredited)
Dr. Bryan .... first aid (uncredited)
Howard Davis .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Thomas Michael Dyers .... technical advisor (uncredited)
W.F. Fitzgerald .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Hazel George .... first aid (uncredited)
William Hunter .... life guard (uncredited)
Howard Lightbourn .... liaison: Bahamas locations (uncredited)
Howard Lydecker .... consultant (uncredited)
Theodore Lydecker .... consultant (uncredited)
Jack Peterson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Robertson .... liaison: Jamaica (uncredited)
Marvin Weldon .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jules Verne's 20000 Leagues Under the Sea" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
"Walt Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
127 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:K-8 (1976) | Finland:K-12 (1955) | France:U | Iceland:L | New Zealand:G | Norway:11 | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/6 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:11 (cut) (1966) | Sweden:Btl (cut) (1955) | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:U (video rating) (1985) (2002) | USA:Approved (PCA #18972) | USA:G (re-rating) (1970) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The actual undersea footage was shot in the Bahamas in the same location that was used for the silent 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916).See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Shortly after first entering the Nautilus, Ned, Professor Arronax and Conseil watch a submarine funeral service taking place on the ocean floor. Considering the Nautilus is at the surface at the time yet is only ten feet or so above the ocean floor, this makes the water unrealistically shallow for the middle of the ocean.See more »
Quotes:
Conseil:All those men. They didn't even have a chance.
Ned Land:They were sailors, same as me. Slaughtered by that monster you're trying to make friends with.
Conseil:Ned, don't...
Ned Land:I don't know about you, Professor, but I feel like a knife that's just stabbed a friend in the back.
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Soundtrack:
Toccata and Fugue in D MinorSee more »

FAQ

Is this the best adaptation on film of a story by Jules Verne?
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28 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Cuz He Swears By His Tattoo, 10 February 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

There's something out there roaming the Pacific Ocean destroying a whole lot of shipping and killing a lot of people. The more maritime the nation, the more losses it's suffering. Jules Verne's story has the United States of America taking the first crack at finding what's going on in the Pacific.

On a ship commanded by Ted DeCorsia are two Frenchmen, renowned scientist Paul Lukas and his assistant Peter Lorre. Also along is Kirk Douglas who is crack whaling harpooner.

Of course they meet up with the beast and it's no living thing, but a submarine. This was all new back then, although prototype submarines were used in the Civil War they had limited effectiveness. In fact this particular kind of submarine was something unheard of until the middle of the last century. It's captain is a misanthropic fellow named Nemo, played by James Mason. He's taking it out on the nation's of the world for some personal losses sustained.

His brilliance as a scientist, his refinement also attracts Paul Lukas. But Kirk Douglas just wants to escape because for all of Douglas's carefree philistinism, he sees Nemo as a murderer and a menace. The conflict between both is what drives the story.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea won Oscars for both Special Effects and Art direction. It is probably Walt Disney's most successful live action film ever done, even beating out Mary Poppins dare I say. Even in this day of computer generated effects, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea still holds its own with more modern films.

Kirk Douglas enjoyed the part of Ned Land the harpooner and it's a favorite of his today. He might have made a few more films for Walt Disney but for an incident that took place after the film.

Disney was also at the same time creating his first theme park, Disneyland in Anahem, California. When it was opening he invited Kirk and his family to spend the day there on him and he even agreed to furnish a camera crew to follow the Douglas family around as they enjoyed the park attractions.

So Kirk took his wife and his sons and they had a grand old time and got some free home movies as a souvenir. But Walt Disney kept the negative and the films showed up on his Walt Disney Presents television show. Of course Kirk never got paid for this appearance and neither did any of the rest of his family including young Michael Douglas.

Even though this left a sour taste in Kirk Douglas's mouth as he related in his memoirs, The Ragman's Son, he liked his work in this film very much and the part certainly has the same kind of exuberance we expect from a Kirk Douglas movie. Kirk even gets to sing in the film, a nice little sea chantey called A Whale of a Tale. He even made a record of it and I'm sure if you can find it, the item might be worth a few dollars as a collectible.

Right around the time 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was released the United States Navy launched it's first atomic submarine. In tribute to that most popular of French authors with American audiences, the Navy named the ship the Nautilus. A great tribute to a great writer of fabulous tales of imagination. And Walt Disney couldn't have gotten better publicity had he paid for it.

Don't believe me, I swear by my tattoo.

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