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Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)

 -  Adventure | Comedy | Family  -  1958 (USA)
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Adaptation of Jules Verne's novel about a Victorian Englishman who bets that with the new steamships and railways he can do what the title says.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Andrew Stuart
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Ralph - Bank of England Governor
Ronald Squire ...
Reform Club Member
Basil Sydney ...
Reform Club Member
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Roland Hesketh-Baggott - London Employment Agency Manager
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Foster - Fogg's Ex-Valet (as Sir John Gielgud)
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Denis Fallentin -Reform Club Member
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Hinshaw - Reform Club Aged Steward
Martine Carol ...
Girl in Paris Railroad Station
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French Coachman
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Monsieur Gasse -Thomas Cook Paris Clerk
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Tart - Paris
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Flamenco Dancer (as Jose Greco and Troupe)
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Phileas Fogg accepts a challenge from his fellow members at the Reform Club and sets of prove that you can travel around the world in a mind-boggling 80 days. He sets off by train to Paris with his new valet Passepartout but then is forced to continue the trip by balloon arriving next in Spain where Passepartout has an interesting encounter in the bullfighting ring. They finally make their way across the Mediterranean and through the Suez canal, arriving in Bombay two days ahead of schedule. They board the train for Calcutta where they find there is a 50 mile gap midway. The break in their journey proved eventful as they rescue an Indian princess, Aouda, who is about to be forced to commit suttee - throwing herself on her dead husband's funeral pyre. They make to Calcutta and on to Siam and the Honk Kong. Throughout the voyage, they are followed by a detective, Mr. Fix, who is convinced that Fogg is the thief responsible for the recent £55,000 theft at the bank of England. In Honk ... Written by garykmcd

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bet | travel | train | england | balloon | See more »

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It's a wonderful world, if you'll only take the time to go around it! See more »


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1958 (USA)  »

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Around the World in 80 Days  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$42,000,000 (USA)
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(35 mm) | (with overture and exit music) | (video) | (TCM print)

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(Mag-optical) (35 mm prints) (1956)| (optical) (35 mm prints) (re-release prints)| (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| (Perspecta Sound encoding) (35 mm magnetic prints) (1956)

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(Technicolor)

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Although Columbia Pictures originally had an agreement with Todd about finance and distribution, studio head Harry Cohn shortsightedly pulled out of the partnership. Ironically just before his death Cohn agreed to finance and distribute Catinflas' only other American film, the all-star Pepe (1960), which turned out to be a financial disaster. See more »

Goofs

In the saloon scene, the music that we hear is nowhere close to being that mimed by the piano player. See more »

Quotes

Railway Official: There's still fifty miles of track to be laid between here and Allabahad.
Phileas Fogg: But the London newspapers announced the opening of this railway throughout.
Railway Official: That must have been The Daily Telegraph. Never would have read that in The Times.
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The last line of dialogue is "This is the end". See more »


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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Played by a band in San Francisco
Reprised during the end credits
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Part Travelog, Part Movie
14 October 2000 | by (Memphis, TN) – See all my reviews

WARNING: These comments may reveal portions of the film's plot.

With David Niven as Phineas Fogg, you will find that this version of the Jules Verne story is almost as broad as the subject of the film -- "around the world."

As is often said, they don't make them like this anymore. According to the brief description in AMC's viewer guide, the film was shot on location in 13 countries with 75,000 costumes and 70,000 extras -- and it shows! Look at the list of credited and uncredited actors in the IMDB and you'll be hard pressed to find a film with more leading and character actors. Just spotting the faces of the classic actors in the film is a game in itself.

Another aspect that will show dramatically is that some sequences are incredibly camp -- they are obviously cut from travelog movies of the day. And in many cases where the footage was shot new, it still has that flair.

Where the film succeeds best is when it goes for the comedic bits. Watch the scene in the saloon out west, where Mr. Fogg's valet, Passepartout runs into Red Skelton as a drunk while listening to Frank Sinatra play the piano!

Overall, most will find the film a bit long. The many scenes that are shot from the point of view of the actors simply "watching the scenery go by" drag the film. Even some of the action scenes run long. When Passepartout must fight a bullfight early in the film, the fight goes on and on and on. Hang on for the funny bits in the film -- and the cameos -- and you can't go wrong. Enjoy the scenery!


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