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Director:
Writers:
John Prebble (screenplay) &
Daniel B. Ullman (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
20 December 1961 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
adventure! mystery! excitement! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Consistently Entertaining See more (66 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Michael Craig ... Capt. Cyrus Harding

Joan Greenwood ... Lady Mary Fairchild

Michael Callan ... Herbert Brown

Gary Merrill ... Gideon Spilitt

Herbert Lom ... Captain Nemo
Beth Rogan ... Elena Fairchild

Percy Herbert ... Sgt. Pencroft
Dan Jackson ... Cpl. Neb Nugent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Monty ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Cy Endfield 
 
Writing credits
John Prebble (screenplay) &
Daniel B. Ullman (screenplay) (as Daniel Ullman) &
Crane Wilbur (screenplay)

Jules Verne (novel)

Produced by
Charles H. Schneer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
 
Cinematography by
Wilkie Cooper (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Frederick Wilson 
 
Art Direction by
William C. Andrews  (as Bill Andrews)
 
Production Management
Raymond Anzarut .... production supervisor
Robert Sterne .... production manager (as Bob Sterne)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
René Dupont .... assistant director (as Rene Dupont)
 
Art Department
Francisco Prósper .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Peter Handford .... sound recordist
Bob Jones .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Harryhausen .... special visual effects creator
Vic Margutti .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Mills .... camera operator
Egil S. Woxholt .... underwater photography (as Egil Woxholt)
P. Finch .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Maurice Gillett .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Lynda Swarbrick .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bernard Herrmann .... conductor: The London Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Herrmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Bob Gill .... title designer
Marjorie Lavelly .... continuity
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jules Verne's Mysterious Island" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
101 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-8 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:12 | Sweden:11 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #19763) | West Germany:6

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Trivia:
Although produced by different studios, it is obvious that the exterior design of the "Nautilus" submarine as seen in the film was heavily influenced by Harper Goff's "half crocodile/half shark" Nautilus design in Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), especially with respect to the sub's top spar and rounded "eye" windows. In the original Jules Verne novels of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and "Mysterious Island", the Nautilus is described as being rather plain, basically a cigar-shaped steel tube with very little outside detailing.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the fight with the Giant Crab takes place, Cpl. Neb Nugent is snatched up in the crab's claw. On the close-up in two of the shots you can clearly see a crack in the fiberglass of the claw, not to mention on the wider shots it's obvious that Neb is a Plasticine model.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Confederate soldier:All right, now get down.
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Movie Connections:
Version of Tainstvennyy ostrov (1941)See more »
Soundtrack:
Toccata and FugueSee more »

FAQ

Where is this mysterious island located?
Why did Nemo hide from the castaways, then aid them, and finally reveal himself to them?
What is 'Mysterious Island' about?
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43 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Consistently Entertaining, 7 November 2002
Author: Space_Mafune from Newfoundland, Canada

This film starts off with adventure and rarely ever lets up. Starting off with a daring hot air balloon escape by Union prisoners from a Confederate prison camp through a treacherous storm which blows them off course until eventually they land on a mysterious island full of strange giant creatures such as a giant crab, a giant bird and giant bees. These creatures are magnificently brought to life by stop-motion master Ray Harryhausen. This one will appeal mostly to those young in heart and spirit. Herbert Lom is quite good in his role as Captain Nemo, a man trying to find a means of destroying the causes of war. Also has a wonderful score by Bernard Herrmann. Great fun.

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