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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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A world beyond imagination! Adventure beyond belief! See more »


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La isla misteriosa  »

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The original concept for the film was that it was going to be shot as a straight survival story without the giant animals. However, the producers felt that concept was too boring and decided to include the giant monsters. See more »

Goofs

When two men are chopping down a tree with stone axes, large flat cuts in the tree trunk are seen which could only have been made by a saw that the men didn't have. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Confederate soldier: All right, now get down.
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Connections

Version of Tainstvennyy ostrov (1941) 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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