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Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962)

In 1862, the British commission inventor Fergusson to claim uncharted land in West Africa for Britain by flying his giant hot air balloon there.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Donald O'Shay
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Jacques
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Susan Gale
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Fergusson
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Ahmed
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Sir Henry Vining
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Makia (as Barbara Luna)
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Sultan / Auctioneer
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The Prime Minister
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Consul
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Sheik Ageiba
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Slave Captain
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Inspector
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Myanga
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Randolph
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Storyline

Professor Fergusson plans to make aviation history by making his way across Africa by balloon. He plans to claim uncharted territories in West Africa as proof of his inventions worth. Written by Dennis Kytasaari <djk@xnet.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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22 August 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cinco semanas en globo  »

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Budget:

$2,340,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)|

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2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When O'Shay attempts to shoot the lion, the antelope behind him can be seen being grabbed by an animal trainer. See more »

Quotes

Susan Gale: Trafficking in human lives is everybody's concern. Either you are for it or against it.
Ahmed: [timidly] I am for it.
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Connections

Remade as Viaje fantástico en globo (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Five Weeks In A Balloon
Written by Urban Thielmann (uncredited) and Jodi Desmond
Sung by The Brothers Four
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The most enjoyable Jules Verne adaptation.
26 August 2000 | by (The Beach) – See all my reviews

Easily the most enjoyable film version of a Jules Verne story "Five Weeks in a Balloon" never slows down it's pace. Awash with color, humor, adventure, exotic sets, and a balloon that looks like it came from the designer of the "Swiss Family Robinson" treehouse, the film keeps up a brisk pace, tells a simple story, and wraps things up in a timely manner. Other reviews mention the rich cast and still manage to miss major performances by Red Buttons and Peter Lorre (that tells you something about the cast). Irwin Allen at his best.


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