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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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Fantasy Island 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)

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:
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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Confederate soldier:All right, now get down.
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Soundtrack:
Toccata and FugueSee more »

FAQ

Is "Mysterious Island" based on a book?
Why did Nemo hide from the castaways, then aid them, and finally reveal himself to them?
Is "Mysterious Island" available for reading online?
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Fantasy Island, 7 May 2002
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

This is a splendid adventure story from the Schneer-Harryhausen team, adapted freely from the Jules Verne novel. A group of union soldiers in a Confederate prison hijack a weather balloon during a storm, which, due to some very strange climatic conditions, takes them across the United States and over half the Pacific ocean. Miraculously, they land on an island, where they soon encounter, among other things, a giant crab, bees the size of cows, and a smoking volcano.

The story is too good to give away, and much of the pleasure of the film is the way it unfolds, chapter by chapter, as it were, without seeming episodic or forced. Harryhausen's stop-motion creatures are breathtaking, and movie is overall beautiful to see, very imaginative, managing to walk a fine line between the fantastic and the realistic, with just enough artifice in some of the exterior shots to make it seem larger than life, but not so much as to come off as contrived. Director Cy Enfield deserves his share of credit for keeping the focus on the story, not the effects, and maintaining a deliberate pace. The script could be wittier, though its plainness makes the movie suitable for children.

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