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

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(DeLuxe)|

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Jules Verne wrote his novel first published his novel in 1863, he drew on two topics that were trending at the time - an interest in the dark secrets of Africa and the then current vogue for hot air ballooning. He would revisit these two topics to some degree nine years later in "Around the World in 80 Days". [There was no balloon in the novel of Around the World in Eighty Days, and the only part of Africa in the novel is Egypt with the Suez Canal] See more »

Goofs

Although the teapot was clearly not in Sir Henry's possession when the Arabs captured them at the oasis, by the time they ended up in the prison it mysteriously appeared wrapped up in his jacket. See more »

Quotes

Susan Gale: I was teaching at the Dodoma mission when he
[points at Ahmed]
Susan Gale: raided us.
Ahmed: [nonchalantly] Business is business.
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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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Classic Tongue-in-Cheek Adventure
28 December 2007 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This film is right in line with some of the better soft science adventures from the 50s and 60s that hark back to 19th or early 20th centuries; Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in 80 Days; and touches on the humor and silliness at times of Those Daring Young Men in their Jaunty Jalopies and The Daring Young Men in their Flyings Machines or even How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes and The Great Race. Trying to take full advantage of CinemaScope and the new technologies in Deluxe color, the filmmakers concocted a fun and funny adventure that looks big and beautiful. Not for everyone, I suppose, at times dry and at other times over-silly and contrived, but always fun, and with the added bonus or a memorable theme song performed by The Brothers Four.


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