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Mysterious Island (1961)

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During the Civil War a group of Union soldiers and two Confederates escape the stockade using a hot air balloon and end up on a strange Pacific island.

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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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descending into adventure beyond imagination ...a world beyond belief! See more »


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20 December 1961 (USA)  »

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La isla misteriosa  »

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Trivia

The scene with the giant bird was from the original draft of the script, which was to have had prehistoric monsters rather than giant oysters and crabs. See more »

Goofs

While in the cave they find 50 minutes in to the movie, Sgt. Pencroft sings part of the chorus of "fifteen men on the dead man's chest" from Treasure Island. The film opening credits state that the story is set in 1865, yet Treasure Island wasn't published until 1883 so Pencroft could not have known the song. See more »

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[first lines]
Confederate soldier: All right, now get down.
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Referenced in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (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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Highly Enjoyable
2 August 2004 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

This is a nice, satisfying telling of the Verne story, with special effects by Ray Harryhausen and a good score by Bernard Herrman. Escapees from a Civil War prison camp are blown way off course in a balloon they stole. They find themselves on an apparently deserted island somewhere in the Pacific, are joined by two women who were shipwrecked, and eventually come face-to-face with Captain Nemo and the wrecked Nautilus.

They have to deal with pirates, an erupting volcano and Harryhausen's creature threats. These include very large versions of a hungry red crab, an aggressive chicken (or dodo), a bee and an unhappy squid. Some of the creatures turn out to be very good boiled or roasted.

The movie holds up well because of a strong story, good action, and fairly well-defined characters. It features Herbert Lom, in my view an under-rated actor, and Joan Greenwood. By this time Greenwood was taking character parts and doing a lot of stage work. But from the mid-Forties to the mid-Fifties she was, I think, one of the sexiest, smartest actors Britain has ever produced. Her plummy, smoky voice is inimitable.


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