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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

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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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DISCOVER...! The slave market of Zanzibar! The forbidden city of Timbuktu! The treacherous Simoon of the Sahara! See more »


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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Goofs

The elephant that appears in the jungle is an Asian elephant. See more »

Quotes

Sir Henry Vining: [frisking Ahmed] What have you got there?
Ahmed: Nice medals, huh?
Sir Henry Vining: British campaign medals. Professor, look at these. China, India... Where did you steal these from?
Ahmed: What? I don't steal! I am an *honest* slave trader. Oh, yes, little things, they come my way once in a while...
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Connections

Referenced in Tell It to Groucho: Episode dated 26 April 1962 (1962) 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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Taller Than An Elephant
9 February 2007 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

The title song assures us that, if you fly in a balloon, nothing is impossible. "I'm taller than an elephant and twice as powerful, too." From the first minute you know, "5 Weeks in a Balloon" will be fun with a capital F. Sure, it's easy to analyze this movie and come to the conclusion it's childish and full of clichés. But my point is, grown-ups rarely manage to make movies that really show the world as it is in the imagination of a 10 year old - an admirable quality. While the real Africa is struck by war, starvation and disease, this is the fantasy Africa where rogues were colorful costumes for good looks and the heroes will have a break in the middle of the wilderness, not worrying about the lions around, to sing a song before they go on - because they know, in a dream no-one can actually be harmed. "5 Weeks in a Balloon" may not be Irwin Allen's best movie, but I still like it as much as I did when I watched it for the first time, because only movie theater entertainment at its best can take us away from the real world for an hour and a half to forget all our worries. Can't be grateful enough for that sometimes!


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