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Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961)

Approved  |   |  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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Sal Ponti ...
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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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

George Pal was unhappy with the script but was forced to begin production before it had been polished due to an impending writers' strike. The strike occurred during production, which stopped any rewrites. See more »

Goofs

Zarin and the priest struggle near the end and the crystal starts shooting randomly. It strikes Zarin and turns him into a skeleton. The skull has the cutting line around it and a metal hook holding it together. 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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Referenced in Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) See more »

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If you hook a princess--throw her back.
2 June 2004 | by (Staten Island, New York) – See all my reviews

Here's a flicker that scared the bejesus out of me as a child. I had trouble understanding the overlapping of modern science with the ancient world. A Vernesque-style atomic submarine blew me away. And that solar laser--which vaporizes enemies of the state--defies logic. I hear there were scenes of men in flying machines that were cut. Why? One scene that was not cut involved a mad scientist experimenting with turning men into swine. Strange and scary stuff. And the costume designer went berserk with HIS creations. Watching the film recently I discovered my utter contempt for the lead female role. I felt sorry for the poor fisherman who saves the ungrateful princess from certain death. He, however, has only himself to blame. The princess whines, schemes and disparages his occupation right from the start AND in front of his father. And that's only the beginning. Later on, she has no problem casting him into slavery. Enough about her. The soundtrack is very rare because it is out of print--and costs a royal fortune. I just touched the surface with this well made and imaginative film. Look for it on cable somewhere--or visit Atlantis on your next vacation.


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