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The Island at the Top of the World (1974)

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Four turn of the century explorers embark on an airship expedition to the high artic. Where upon they find a lost colony of Vikings.

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A Victorian gentleman hopes to find his long-lost son, who vanished whilst searching for a mysterious Viking community in a volcanic valley somewhere in uncharted Arctic regions. The gentleman puts together an expedition team to go on the search, but when they reach their destination they must escape from some Viking descendants who will kill to keep their existence a secret. Written by Jonathon Dabell <barnabyrudge@hotmail.com>

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La isla del fin del mundo  »

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The picture's source Ian Cameron 1961 novel "The Lost Ones" was set in 1960 whereas this motion picture adaptation was instead set fifty-three years earlier in 1907. See more »

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The Hyperion's propellers are hand cranked men by men on the ground. When the entire ship is viewed at rest the propellers are nowhere near the ground. See more »

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great to look at but the acting is a worry
4 July 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I cannot recall ever seeing this Disney movie in my youth but I caught up with it recently on DVD. Its certainly great to look at with some splendid effects and at times it is really quite exciting. Some effects such as the volcano look a little contrived by todays standards but there are moments that are simply splendid. Highlight is the opening moments in the air ship as well as the splendid scenery. THe look of the Viking Village is splendid. The acting of the leads is pretty awful. Donald Sinden is quite irritating. You feel like pushing the old fool out of the air ship. The character is annoying and he plays it as though he is auditioning for My Fair Lady. As for David Hartman as the Professor it is like watching a block of wood. It is so wooden that he delivers his lines as though he is reading the news. He gives a flat lifeless performance, its really dreadful. David Gwilliam as the lost son sounds like a first term drama student. He delivers lines as though he is taking elocution lessons. Mako normally is superb but in this its little more than a carricature. Its quite incongruous actually. In the first half of the film Mako plays the eskimo as a native who speaks no English but a few reels later he speaks English and there is no explanation as to why. Fortunately Mako went on to other things and was always a dignified presence on the screen. This was not his best performance. I think its due to poor direction and story structure. Best performance comes from Jacques Marin as the Captain who steals the acting honours from everyone. Of course being Disney there is an incredibly cute dog. That little poodle acts better than poor David Hartman. Still its a fun film. If you forgive the acting and enjoy the look of the movie its pleasant viewing.


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