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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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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)
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 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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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 »
Revealing mistakes: While climbing the Volcano for the first time, as the camera pulls out, you can see the surrounding countryside - with a farm house and other homes in the background.See more »
[first lines]
Confederate soldier:All right, now get down.
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26 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Put it back on the big screen, 30 July 2003
Author: solongsuckers from In a Confederate Prison camp

Mysterious Island is a very political movie as it progresses, which is a sign of the times as opposed to the very traditional Journey to the Center of the Earth which was released just two years earlier. While Journey to the Center of the Earth was absolutely magical, Mysterious Island is explosive and dynamic. The magic is on hand, with wondrous shots and music to go along with the island's flora and fauna. The movie is also extremely charismatic. Michael Craig is too good to be true as the lead, Captain Cyrus Harding, but he has a hard edge that gets respect. The supporting players, especially Gary Merrill and Percy Herbert, more then pull their weight. Merrill's role reminds me a little of Dr. Smith from Lost in Space, and Percy Herbert is a gas as Pentcroft. Neb's character is treated like one of the gang, although I believe that Union regiments in the Civil War were either all white or all black so it is somewhat unrealistic. Indeed, how the character's mix together for the good of all is a hallmark of the movie. The strengthening of Michael Callan's character seems to be a major plot point but it gets lost along the way and is moot when Nemo shows up. Beth Rogan is sexy as Elena and the Lady Mary Faichild character ( I can't remember the actresses' name) shoots the movie full of musky, female intensity. The special effects are brilliant and (I hate to keep harping on it) blow away the "movie within a movie" digital nonsense of today. The bees are worth the price of admission alone and the movements of the crab are top notch. When Nemo arrives, the movie gets so political that I feel that I'm back in college. Herbert Lom is a little too snitty for me as Nemo but he's a cool guy and is great in other things so I accept him. The music is absolutely awesome and is one of my favorite musical scores of all time. A grossly underrated movie overall that is clearly meant to manipulate at the end. Along with Journey to the Center of the Earth, this movie would look incredible back on the big screen.

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