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Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

PG  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  15 June 2001 (USA)
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A young adventurer named Milo Thatch joins an intrepid group of explorers to find the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis.


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1914: Milo Thatch, grandson of the great Thaddeus Thatch works in the boiler room of a museum. He knows that Atlantis was real, and he can get there if he has the mysterious Shephards journal, which can guide him to Atlantis. But he needs someone to fund a voyage. His employer thinks he's dotty, and refuses to fund any crazy idea. He returns home to his apartment and finds a woman there. She takes him to Preston B. Whitmore, an old friend of his Grandfathers. He gives him the shepherds journal, a submarine and a 5 star crew. They travel through the Atlantic ocean, face a large lobster called the Leviathan, and finally get to Atlantis. But does the Atlantis crew have a lust for discovery, or something else? Written by <>

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Rated PG for action violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 June 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atlantis  »

Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$329,011 (USA) (8 June 2001)


$37,312 (Iceland) (11 January 2002)

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Did You Know?


Tim Curry was considered for the role of the King of Atlantis. See more »


In Whitmore's room, when he's explaining why he's funding the Atlantis trip, he smacks the painting above the mantelpiece with his cane at his head is level with, or above, the mantelpiece. However, in the next shot, his head is at least a foot beneath the mantelpiece. See more »


[first lines]
On Screen Text: [the text that appears on screen] "... in a single day and night of misfortune, the island of Atlantis disappeared into the depths of the sea." - Plato, 360 B.C.
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References Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) See more »


Where the Dream Takes You
Lyrics by Diane Warren
Music by Diane Warren and James Newton Howard
Performed by Mya
Mya appears courtesy of A&M Records
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User Reviews

Why are there so many negative reviews?
9 February 2003 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

I thought that this film was very enjoyable. I watched this film with my wife BEFORE I had my first child. Therefore, I was not watching it as simply family entertainment and I still thoroughly enjoyed it. It seems as though many of the reviews are pointing out that this movie is not earth shattering, there were no unexpected plot changes and that the movie was predictable and boring. If these people were watching this movie expecting to have a religious experience doing so, then they were obviously going to be disappointed. This is simply an animated movie; nothing more. If you want to see this movie simply to sit back and let yourself be entertained, you will not be disappointed. In closing, this is definitely not the best movie Disney has made, but it IS entertaining and I do not understand the bad reputation it has received.

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