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During the US Civil War, Union POWs escape in a balloon and end up stranded on a South Pacific island, inhabited by giant plants and animals. They must use their ingenuity to survive the ... See full summary »

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During the US Civil War, Union POWs escape in a balloon and end up stranded on a South Pacific island, inhabited by giant plants and animals. They must use their ingenuity to survive the dangers, and to devise a way to return home. Sequel to '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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Trivia

A real Brown crab was disemboweled, dismembered, cleaned and fitted with an internal armature for Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion animation of the giant crab. Additional live crabs were used for some of the "facial" close-ups, then later cooked for a crew dinner. See more »

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Neb and Capt. Harding are walking on the beach when they step on top of the giant crab which is covered with sand. In the next shot, the massive crustacean is clawing feverishly at the hapless duo clean and polished...sand-free. See more »

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[first lines]
Confederate soldier: All right, now get down.
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Referenced in Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Toccata and Fugue
in D Minor, BWV 565 (uncredited)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played on organ by Captain Nemo
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Excellent!
9 August 2000 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

My favorite Harryhausen film, and for that matter, one of my favorite movies ever. Even when the excellent stop-motion monsters aren't on screen, the film is fun to watch and well-paced. And when they ARE on screen... whoa! The giant bird is the best. And the Herrmann score is absolutely one of the finest adventure movie soundtracks ever written.

"Contact with my own species has always disappointed me. Solitude gives me a freedom of mind and an independence of action." -Captain Nemo


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