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An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.

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Prof. Lindenbrook leads his intrepid party on an expedition to the center of the earth, via a volcano in Iceland, encountering all manner of prehistoric monsters and life-threatening hazards on the way. Written by Mark Hockley <markh@centurione.com>

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A fabulous world below the world


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14 January 1960 (Sweden)  »

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Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth  »

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$3,440,000 (estimated)
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Fox gave the green light to this big-budget CinemaScope production partially on the basis of the success of the recent Jules Verne adaptations, Walt Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) and Michael Todd's Around the World in Eighty Days (1956). As with those earlier films, the heavy cost proved to be a good investment, resulting in a big hit at the box office. See more »

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When on the raft, Professor Lindenbrook remarks that their gold is being drawn away by a great force, and says there must be "a conjunction of magnetic forces from the north pole and the south pole". Even assuming that he is talking about the magnetic rather than the geographic poles, such a location would result in the magnetic pull from the poles being cancelled out. In any case, there would be no effect on the gold, as it is not attracted by magnetism. See more »

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Count Saknussem: I don't sleep. I hate those little slices of death.
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Set to music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
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Adventure and danger at the centre of the Earth
20 January 2005 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

This is the first and best version of this story. Journey To the Center of the Earth has been made several times since this 1959 release.

A group of four explorers consisting of Professor Lindenbrook, his nephew, a woman and an Iclantic, Hans plus his pet duck Gertrude go on an expedition to the centre of the Earth via an extinct volcano in Iceland.They encounter all sorts of dangers and sights on the way including a large boulder that nearly crushes them, a forest of giant mushrooms, the lost city of Atlantis, an underground ocean and some prehistoric monsters including Dimetrodons and a giant red lizard, which attacks the party as they are making their escape. They get back to the surface in an ancient large dish like object via a volcano! Pat Boone is thrown off course when they reach the surface and ends up in the grounds of a monastery naked and uses a sheep to cover up his private parts! This shocked the nuns of course.

The Dimetrodons are enlarged lizards with fins attached but look good. The music score by Bernard Herrmann is excellent as it is in all his movies i've seen.

The cast is excellent too and includes James Mason (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), Pat Boone (who also sings), Arlene Dahl, Peter Ronson as Hans and Diane Baker.

I have seen this movie several times and is an excellent way to spend a couple of hours one afternoon or evening.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5.


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