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Mysterious Island -- Escaping from a Confederate prison camp by balloon, five survivors land on an uncharted island in the Pacific. The island is home to monsters, pirates, and the mad genius, Captain Nemo, who inhabits the mysterious island for his own strange ends.
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Mysterious Island -- Escaping from a Confederate prison camp by balloon, five survivors land on an uncharted island in the Pacific. The island is home to monsters, pirates, and the mad genius, Captain Nemo, who inhabits the mysterious island for his own strange ends.
Mysterious Island -- The fantastic Captain Nemo once again inspires the spirit of adventure in another Jules Verne classic.


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John Prebble (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
20 December 1961 (USA) See more »
adventure! mystery! excitement! See more »
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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  (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)
Maurice Gillett .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Music Department
Bernard Herrmann .... conductor: The London Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Herrmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Bob Gill .... title design
Marjorie Lavelly .... continuity
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Jules Verne's Mysterious Island" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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101 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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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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 »
Continuity: On the surface of the water, you can see the masts of the sunken pirate ship extending above the surface. However, in the underwater shots the ship is fully submerged.See more »
[first lines]
Confederate soldier:All right, now get down.
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36 out of 39 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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