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Director:
Writers:
John Prebble (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
20 December 1961 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
adventure! mystery! excitement! See more »
Plot:
During the US Civil War, Union POWs escape in a balloon and end up stranded on a South Pacific island... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Should have won an Oscar for Best Dress. See more (62 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)
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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
 
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Runtime:
101 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 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:
Ray Harryhausen has related the story of watching a cut of the film with composer Bernard Herrmann. In a sequence involving a giant bird, Herrmann told Harryhausen that he was going to score it with "Turkey in the Straw" (he was only kidding).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: After they find the chest from the Nautilus, Mr. Spillit is shown shaving, but just after when they are discussing Captain Nemo, he still has a rather thick beard. Either the blade was very dull or he wasn't really shaving.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

Is "Mysterious Island" available for reading online?
Why did Nemo hide from the castaways, then aid them, and finally reveal himself to them?
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49 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Should have won an Oscar for Best Dress., 14 December 2004
Author: Chromium_5 from Minnesota

Forget the Harryhausen special effects. What really makes this movie great is the dress the main female character wears. It's incredible! We are introduced to the dress like this: our heroes (escaped POWs) are stranded on a desert island filled with gigantic animals. At some point, two women (aunt and niece if I recall) wash onto shore, after surving a ship accident. The aunt decides to make her niece a new dress, because her old one is all torn up. So she constructs a dress out of leather, and HOLY &@$%#!* what a dress! I don't fully understand why she would make a dress like that, being from the conservative 1860's Midwest and all, but it is the most erotic dress I have ever seen. It's so tiny and skintight, it looks like she can't bend over or it would explode into a million pieces. I spent the entire movie leaning forward in rapt attention, because it honestly looks like it is going to tear apart at any moment. Wow!

The rest of the movie is pretty good, too. The special effects are wonderfully fun. The only really annoying thing is the stupidity of the characters. Case in point: after encountering a giant crab and a giant chicken, a guy and the girl (still looking great in that dress!) wander into a cave, and see giant honeycomb. "Hmm, interesting," they say. Then they hear this buzzing sound, and wonder what it is. "What's that buzzing noise?? It's getting closer..." I don't believe it is humanly possible to be that stupid. It's GIANT BEES, you idiots! Get out of there! Oops, too late. Now a colossal bee is cornering you. Didn't see that one coming, huh?

Worth watching for the FX and the dress.

8/10 stars.

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