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Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961)

 -  Adventure | Sci-Fi  -  3 May 1961 (USA)
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A Greek Fisherman brings an Atlantean Princess back to her homeland which is the mythical city of Atlantis. He is enslaved for his trouble. The King is being manipulated by an evil sorcerer... See full summary »

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Demetrios (as Anthony Hall)
Joyce Taylor ...
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Captain of the Guard (as Bill Smith)
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Berry Kroeger ...
Edgar Stehli ...
Wolfe Barzell ...
Jay Novello ...
Paul Frees ...
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A Greek Fisherman brings an Atlantean Princess back to her homeland which is the mythical city of Atlantis. He is enslaved for his trouble. The King is being manipulated by an evil sorcerer who is bent on using a natural resource of Atlantis to take over the world. The Atlanteans, or rather the slaves of Atlantis, are forced to mine a crystalline material which absorbs the suns rays. These crystals can then be used for warmth. The misuse of science has created weapons out of the crystals that can fire a heat ray to destroy whatever it touches. Written by <harold.lind@airtouch.com>

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SIGHTS NEVER BEFORE SEEN - Adventure never before experienced!

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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3 May 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atlantide continente perduto  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although the prior year's The Time Machine (1960) was a big hit for George Pal, MGM gave him a tiny budget for this picture, hence the many shortcuts and footage used from other films. Russell Garcia, who scored the film, recycled themes from "The Time Machine"--even going so far as reusing entire cues from the earlier film. Additionally, William Tuttle, the makeup artist, had a considerable amount of blue body paint leftover from "Time Machine" as well: it may be noted that Neptune (who appears to Demetrios in a hallucination) is the same shade of blue as the Morlocks. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt double for Demetrios during the Ordeal of Fire and Water and the rope-hanging scene. See more »

Quotes

Demetrios: Remove the wedge.
Black slave: Hurry, hurry!
Demetrios: Set the bit deeper.
Black slave: Hurry, hurry!
Black slave: Volcano awake!
Slaves: Hurry, hurry!
Black slave: Destroy the crystal!
Slaves: Hurry, hurry!
Black slave: Before the full moon!
Slaves: Hurry, hurry!
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Crazy Credits

For once in his life, Paul Frees gets an on-screen credit for a voice-over job, the narration in the opening and closing sequences. Strangely, he is billed not in the cast list, but in the technical credits. See more »

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Edited from The Naked Jungle (1954) See more »

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Fantasy or Allegory?
24 October 2001 | by (scotland) – See all my reviews

I thought this film would be a bit of a turkey but it turned out to be very entertaining. There are echoes of the same director's The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds in it. It combines sci-fi with Greek mythology very well. Although it is very much a fantasy film the pre-title sequence where the narrator talks about the things in the Old World and the New whose similarity which must be more than coincidental is quite thought provoking and you wonder what the real reason was for there being cave paintings of elephants in America and paintings of witches being similar on both sides of the Atlantic. It was made in the early sixties and it seems also to be making a statement about nuclear power with one crystal being used for lighting and heat and another being used for destruction. That scene seems to be a veiled warning about controlling our technology and not letting it run away. The rulers of Atlantis seem also to be a metaphor for the Nazis with their ideas of racial superiority and their desire to conquer the world together with their use of slave labour. A good film for all the family.


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