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Writers (WGA):
Jules Verne (novel)
Thomas Baum (teleplay)
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Release Date:
14 September 1999 (USA) See more »
Remake of Jules Verne's classic story finds adventurers seeking a mysterious hidden land. They are joined by the wife of another man, who had previously gone on a similar expedition and disappeared.
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 (Series Cast Summary - 1 of 20)

Treat Williams ... Theodore Lytton (unknown episodes)

Series Directed by
George Miller (1 episode)
Series Writing credits
Thomas Baum (unknown episodes)
Jules Verne (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Connie Collins .... producer (unknown episodes)
Robert Halmi Jr. .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
George Miller .... producer (unknown episodes)
Kris Noble .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
David V. Picker .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Bruce Rowland (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Bruce Phillips (unknown episodes)
John Stokes (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Harry Hitner (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Otello Stolfo (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Bob Hern (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Jill Eden (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Kerri Mazzocco (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Ann-Maree Hurley .... day-check makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Lia Mei .... hair colourist (unknown episodes)
Pam Murphy .... assistant hair stylist / makeup assistant (unknown episodes)
Amanda Rowbottom .... makeup supervisor (unknown episodes)
Dallas Stephens .... assistant hair stylist / makeup assistant (unknown episodes)
Cheryl Williams .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Ann Darrouzet .... production manager: New Zealand (unknown episodes)
Andrew Marshall .... unit manager (unknown episodes)
George Tosi .... post-production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Jenni Tosi .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Connie Collins .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
John Powditch .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Jane Mancini .... set designer (unknown episodes, 1999)
Shane Aumont .... props maker (unknown episodes)
Colin Burchall .... head scenic artist (unknown episodes)
Sophie Buttner .... props maker (unknown episodes)
Adrian Dalton .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Ian Foster .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Chris James .... property master (unknown episodes)
Joe Kiely .... carpenter (unknown episodes)
Marian Murray .... assistant art director (unknown episodes)
John O'Brien .... carpenter (unknown episodes)
Eleanor Philpotts .... art department coordinator (unknown episodes)
Terence Prendergast .... property assistant (unknown episodes)
Jackie Stocks .... property assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Lloyd Carrick .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Ella Fairburn .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
James Harvey .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Malcolm Hughes .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Peter Palankay .... foley artist / sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Kevin Chisnall .... special effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
Clint Ingram .... special effects (unknown episodes)
Matt Sloan .... lead animatronics foreman (unknown episodes)
Julian Summers .... special effects technician (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Davee Ramos-San Diego .... digital artist (unknown episodes, 1999)
Peter McCully .... digital matte artist (unknown episodes)
Catherine Nelson .... digital compositor (unknown episodes)
Bruce Phillips .... visual effects director of photography (unknown episodes)
Chris Schwarze .... visual effects producer: Complete Post (unknown episodes)
Randy Vellacott .... digital matte artist / visual effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Lance Anderson .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Zelie Bullen .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Stuart Campbell .... stunt assistant (unknown episodes)
Dean Caulfield .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Michelle Comerford .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Jonathan Costelloe .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Dar Davies .... stunt assistant (unknown episodes)
Steve McQuillan .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Linda Megier .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Darko Tuscan .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Don Vaughn .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Chris Wilson .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
László Baranyai .... director of photography: second unit (unknown episodes)
Russell Crow .... head rigger (unknown episodes)
Freddo Dirk .... rigging assistant (unknown episodes)
David Elmes .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Tony Hall .... key grip (unknown episodes)
Andrew Jerram .... first assistant camera: underwater second unit (unknown episodes)
Greg Noakes .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
Simon Ozolins .... rigging assistant (unknown episodes)
Harry Panagiotidis .... Steadicam operator (unknown episodes)
Daryl Pearson .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Bruce Phillips .... director of photography: second unit (unknown episodes)
Nicole Seckinger .... rigging assistant (unknown episodes)
David Williamson .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Sharon Jetton .... casting: USA (unknown episodes)
Louise Mitchell .... casting: Australia (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kelly Foreman .... costumer (unknown episodes)
Sean Gundlach .... costumer (unknown episodes)
Sarah Jameson .... costume assistant (unknown episodes)
Nee Petrovic .... costume supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Steve Doyle .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Justin Heitman .... colorist (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Ursula Adeane .... payroll accountant (unknown episodes)
John Baird .... animal wrangler (unknown episodes)
Cheryl Batten .... animal wrangler (unknown episodes)
Jana Blair .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Andrew Calder .... production executive: New Zealand (unknown episodes)
Stuart Campbell .... safety assistant (unknown episodes)
Andrew Clarke .... picture double (unknown episodes)
Wendy Cork .... art finisher (unknown episodes)
Dar Davies .... safety assistant (unknown episodes)
John Fox .... armorer (unknown episodes)
Frank Grlj .... picture double (unknown episodes)
Tina Hennel .... unit assistant (unknown episodes)
Christine Hutchins .... senior production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Ron Kamien .... picture double (unknown episodes)
Paul Kiely .... script supervisor: second unit (unknown episodes)
Jackie Larkins .... picture double (unknown episodes)
Arwen Munro .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Peter Muston .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Paula Orndoff .... executive production assistant (unknown episodes)
Sarah Parker .... picture double: Tushka Bergen (unknown episodes)
Karinda Parkinson .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Kevin Plummer .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Patrick Plummer .... assistant accountant (unknown episodes)
Jo-Anne Robinson .... choreographer (unknown episodes)
Anthony Sharpe .... picture double (unknown episodes)
Don Vaughn .... safety coordinator (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

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180 min (3 parts) | Germany:178 min | USA:188 min (DVD version) | Finland:180 min (4 parts)
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Did You Know?

Helen:He's going to the center of the Earth. You get dizzy on the botton rung of a ladder.
Jonas Lytton:Not the *bottom* rung.
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
What's the deal with all the women?, 12 August 2006
Author: Michael DeZubiria ( from Luoyang, China

I should start off and say that I have no problem with women in the movies, I like to think that no one would have taken the above statement that way. But in the two adaptations of Journey to the Center of the Earth, women have been added to the expedition, this time in spectacular fashion, and to the overall detriment to Verne's story, which was about exploration and discovery and not about romance. But whatever, being what it is, the 1999 version at least had a moderately interesting story, although one which had little to do with the source material.

Sadly, this made for TV movie is packed with cheesy sets, goofy acting, ridiculous caricatures and atrocious special effects. Obviously, they had to make the film with what budget they had available to them, and I imagine they probably did a great job for what they had to work with, but this three hour epic takes great care to follow some parts of Verne's novel, and in other parts, the entire second half, for example, it flies off on a tangent and goes in a totally different direction. I'm all about creativity, but ever since I read JJules Verne's novel I have been dying to see a film adaptation that was at least moderately interested in adapting the actual story to the screen. So far no such luck.

Among the many things that I found disappointing about this movie, and the one that I had most hoped would have been improved upon from the 1959 version, is the subterranean sea and the surrounding environment. There are some fairly impressive special effects shots that show that there is a ceiling of granite over this massive ocean, but then the rest of the movie that takes place in this underground cavern was simply filmed outside, sunshine and all. You literally have to keep reminding yourself that this all takes place underground because it is so obviously not. And the thing that kills me is that if they had altered the color of the light that was lighting everything they could have solved that. It's right there in the book, it was described as a sort of luminescent, soft, electrical glow, I'm picturing something with a greenish tint. All that natural coloring just kills the whole effect.

Then you have the creatures that they ran into in the novel, literally they caught glimpse of some strange looking humanoid creatures and then took off running, but this movie turns them into an entire society of English speaking people, a full on culture of tribal inhabitants, the interaction with whom provides the majority of the conflict in the movie, and thus is where the real point of the novel is lost completely. The story is no longer about journeying to the center of the earth, but is instead about these outsiders arriving out of nowhere into this society, causing some dangerous conflict with the humanoid underground dwellers that live in the woods near them, and the ultimately trying to make everything right.

Oh yeah, and of course everyone in the movie has some love interest, except for the Scottish, ah, tour guide with the mysterious tattoo on his nose. But he's really only there for comic relief and brute force when needed, so that's to be expected. Needless to say, the young subterranean lover that Jonas, the strapping young explorer, meets in this underground kingdom is not the vaguely humanoid kind of creatures that were described in the book, but a stunning redhead who speaks perfect English. Now, it doesn't bother me that they speak English, because there is a sufficient reason given for that. But to have English speaking people on the journey to the center of the earth is a little distracting. As soon as Ralna say something in English you know the rest of the book is out the window. I just really don't think that anything like this is even remotely what Jules Verne had in mind…

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