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Journey to the Center of the Earth -- A Scottish professor uncovers a map of how to reach the center of the Earth through an Icelandic crater and then, after sharing the news, competes with his rival to reach it.
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Walter Reisch (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
14 January 1960 (Sweden) See more »
A fabulous world below the world
An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
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a brilliant adaptation of one of Jules Verne's best novels See more (110 total) »


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Pat Boone ... Alexander 'Alec' McKuen

James Mason ... Sir Oliver S. Lindenbrook

Arlene Dahl ... Carla Goetabaug

Diane Baker ... Jenny Lindenbrook

Thayer David ... Count Saknussemm
Peter Ronson ... Hans Belker
Robert Adler ... Groom

Alan Napier ... Dean
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Brady ... Kirsty (uncredited)

Alan Caillou ... Rector (uncredited)
Gertrude the Duck ... Gertrude (uncredited)
John Epper ... Groom (uncredited)
Edith Evanson ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
Alex Finlayson ... Prof. Bayle (uncredited)
Molly Glessing ... News Vendor (uncredited)
Frederick Halliday ... Chancellor (uncredited)
Kendrick Huxham ... Scots Newsman (uncredited)
Owen McGiveney ... Shopkeeper (uncredited)
Molly Roden ... Housekeeper (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... University Professor (uncredited)
Ivan Triesault ... Prof. Peter Goetabaug of Stockholm (uncredited)

Red West ... Bearded Man at Newspaper Stand / University Student (uncredited)

Peter Wight ... Laird of Glendarick (uncredited)
Ben Wright ... Paisley (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Levin 
Writing credits
Walter Reisch (screenplay) and
Charles Brackett (screenplay)

Jules Verne (novel "Voyage au centre de la Terre")

Produced by
Charles Brackett .... producer
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
Cinematography by
Leo Tover (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stuart Gilmore 
Jack W. Holmes 
Art Direction by
Franz Bachelin 
Herman A. Blumenthal 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish 
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
David Ffolkes 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hal Herman .... assistant director
Art Department
Harold Michelson .... illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Warren B. Delaplain .... sound
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Joel Fein .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
James B. Gordon .... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Music Department
Ken Darby .... associate conductor: songs
Lionel Newman .... conductor: songs
Other crew
Lincoln Barnett .... technical advisor
Peter Ronson .... technical advisor
Bernard Schwartz .... assistant to producers
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Nature's Haven (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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132 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) | Dolby SR (re-issue)

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The professor's name in the original novel (French language) was Otto Lidenbrock, a German. In the movie it was changed to Oliver Lindenbrook, a Scotsman. The name of his assistant Axel was Caledonized into Alec. (This was done because of historical hindsight, as 19th-century Scots had become known as the best field geologists, with Germans preferring lab-bound geology.) A more drastic change had already been made with the first (anonymous) English translation of the novel when the Professor's surname became Hartwig and Axel became an English student named Henry Lawson.See more »
Anachronisms: Early in the movie, Oliver Lindenbrook speaks of the "stars and galaxies of outer space." In the 1880s, however, our Milky Way galaxy was believed to constitute the entire universe. Knowledge that other galaxies exist beyond our own did not come about till the 1920s. Thus a man of the 1880s would not use the word "galaxy" in its plural form.See more »
Hans Belker:[in Icelandic] Excuse me, madam, can you tell me, where do we go now, what do we do now?See more »
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22 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
a brilliant adaptation of one of Jules Verne's best novels, 16 September 2003
Author: dbdumonteil

"Journey to the center of the Earth" is a successful adaptation of Jules Verne's famous novel. Apart from a few weaknesses (the love affair between Alex and his girlfriend), this is one of the science-fiction's highlights: awesome sceneries, stunning special effects (the dinosaurs) and especially an imposing performance of James Mason. The whole also introduces a touch of humor and gives a movie which Jules Verne would have probably liked.

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