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Writers:
Cliff Gould (written by) and
Bernard Gordon (written by)
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Release Date:
14 May 1969 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The most cataclysmic event in man's history! See more »
Plot:
The Dutch East Indies, in the late 19th century. Capt. Hanson of the "Batavia Queen" is preparing to embark on a salvage expedition... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
NewsDesk:
(2 articles)
R.I.P. Geoffrey Holder
 (From Dark Horizons. 6 October 2014, 8:45 PM, PDT)

Oscar Winner Maximillian Schell Dead At Age 83
 (From CinemaRetro. 2 February 2014, 5:33 AM, PST)

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Spectacular special effects in search of a plot... See more (32 total) »

Cast

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Maximilian Schell ... Captain Hanson

Diane Baker ... Laura

Brian Keith ... Connerly
Barbara Werle ... Charley

Sal Mineo ... Leoncavallo

Rossano Brazzi ... Giovanni

John Leyton ... Rigby

J.D. Cannon ... Danzig
Jacqueline Chan ... Toshi (as Jacqui Chan)
Robert Hall ... Guard (also as Rob't Hall)
Victoria Young ... Kiko

Marc Lawrence ... Jacobs
Midori Arimoto ... Midori
Niall MacGinnis ... Harbor Master (as Niall Macginnis)
Joseph Hann ... Kuan

Sumi Haru ... Sumi

Geoffrey Holder ... Sailor
Alan Hoskins ... Jan
Peter B. Kowalski ... Peter (as Peter Kowalski)
John Clark
Leoncito Cayetano
Peter Graves
Mike Brendel
Jerzy Radlowsky (as Jerzy Radlowski)
Larry Hawkins
Mark Slaten
José Jaspe
Martín Díaz (as Martin Diaz)
David Aller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eugène Lourié ... Telegrapher (uncredited)
Nikki Van der Zyl ... Toshi (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Bernard L. Kowalski 
 
Writing credits
Cliff Gould (written by) (as Clifford Newton Gould) and
Bernard Gordon (written by)

Produced by
William R. Forman .... producer
Lester A. Sansom .... associate producer
Philip Yordan .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Frank De Vol  (as De Vol)
 
Cinematography by
Manuel Berenguer (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Walter Hannemann  (as Walter Hanneman)
Warren Low 
Maurice Rootes 
 
Production Design by
Eugène Lourié  (as Eugene Lourie)
 
Art Direction by
Julio Molina (uncredited)
Luis Pérez Espinosa (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Antonio Mateos (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Laure Lourié  (as Laure De Zarate)
 
Makeup Department
Julián Ruiz .... makeup artist (as Julian Ruiz)
 
Production Management
José Manuel M. Herrero .... production manager
Gregorio Sacristán .... production supervisor (as Gregorio Sacristan)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Kowalski .... second unit director (as Francis L. Kowalski)
José María Ochoa .... assistant director (as José Mª Ochoa)
 
Art Department
Julián Mateos .... property master (as Julian Mateos)
José María Alarcón .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Francisco Prósper .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Kenneth Heeley-Ray .... sound editor
Kurt Hernfeld .... sound editor (as Kurt Herrnfeld)
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist (as Gordon McCallum)
Wally Milner .... sound recordist
Donald C. Rogers .... sound (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Basilio Cortijo .... special effects assistant
Eugène Lourié .... special effects sequences director (as Eugene Lourie)
Alex Weldon .... special effects
Francisco Prósper .... miniatures (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Cabrera .... second unit photography
Antonio Luengo .... still photography
Eduardo Noé .... camera operator (as Eduardo Noe)
Egil S. Woxholt .... underwater photography
Donald C. Rogers .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Simminger .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Don Record .... montage designer
 
Music Department
Mack David .... songs: music & lyrics by
 
Other crew
Eva Del Castillo .... script supervisor
Lew Gerard .... script supervisor
John Kirby .... dialogue coach
Don Record .... titles designer
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director (uncredited)
Herbert L. Strock .... adr director (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Volcano" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
131 min | UK:147 min (BBFC submission before censorship)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cameo: [Eugène Lourié]telegrapher.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Laura spots Peter through the telescope, Peter is looking off at an angle as if he is waving and smiling at a second ship that is present.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Movers & Shakers (1985)See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Spectacular special effects in search of a plot..., 10 February 2007
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

If only for its Oscar-nominated special effects simulating the fireworks caused by a very active Krakatoa, the film has enough eye appeal to be worth a look. But it's a pity that with a cast of talented actors aboard ship, the script and characters are so one-dimensional that after awhile one's mind wanders to watching for the next special effects sequence--and there are plenty of them to watch.

KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA almost looks as if it was designed for the 3D camera, with objects being tossed at the camera from above or below and must have looked even more spectacular on the big theater screen. The studio certainly has spared no expense in handsomely photographing this story of a salvage expedition that turns into a search for buried pearls on a shipwreck at the bottom of the sea. It includes a bevy of convicts aboard ship (a plot device that really makes no sense), while Captain MAXIMILIAN SCHELL stays at the helm of his ship steering it into one perilous situation after another and comforting his distraught passengers, including DIANE BAKER as a worried mother whose son is at a convent school near Krakatoa.

BRIAN KEITH, ROSSANO BRAZZI and SAL MINEO have cardboard supporting roles but go through their paces with conviction, never seeming to mind the one-dimensional aspect of their characters. Brazzi makes an ill-fated decision to leave the ship for shore when a tidal wave is about to approach and leaves his son (Mineo) aboard ship with the other characters who survive the storm.

There's virtually no plot to really hook the viewer into caring about the fate of these wooden characters. Even Schell seems much too calm to be amidst such dire situations involving the safety of his ship but manages to look ruggedly handsome in torn shirt as he watches the fireworks that seem to bombard the ship at various intervals throughout.

If the fireworks alone are enough to capture your interest, this is escapist adventure at best--but don't expect a plot that makes much sense. The characters all speak in modern phrases akin to 1969 rather than the late 19th century, an anachronism that gets lost in all the fiery explosions and fireworks of a raging volcano.

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