Thongs and Octopus accept a job from their landlord: Kidnap a baby. Soon, the baby awakens strong paternal feelings in the two crooks, leading to complications when it comes to handing him over to his possibly crazy gang boss grandfather.
This action movie unfolds with the story of Bei, a salesman at a workout equipment store, who harbors dreams of adventures. It all starts when on one normal dull day, Bei follows his ... See full summary »
Set in 1872, the story focuses on Passepartout, a Chinese thief who steals a valuable jade Buddha and then seeks refuge in the traveling companionship of an eccentric London inventor and adventurer, Phileas Fogg, who has taken on a bet with members of his gentlemen's club that he can make it around the world in a mere 80 days, using a variety of means of transportation, like boats, trains, balloons, elephants, etc. Along the way, Passepartout uses his amazing martial arts abilities to defend Fogg from the many dangers they face.. One major threat to their adventure is a detective that's following them. Why? Just as Fogg and Passeportout left London, a major bank was robbed, with Fogg suspected of using the "around the world" trip as an excuse to escape.. Their path from London and back includes stops in Paris, Turkey, India, China and USA... Written by
John Cleese is the fifth Monty Python member to appear in an adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days. Michael Palin starred in a BBC documentary in 1989 where he attempted to travel the same route as Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg. The doc also featured appearances by Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. Eric Idle starred in a 1989 mini-series of Around the World in 80 Days as Passepartout. See more »
At the "Exposition for Impressionists" in Paris, the Gallery Durand displays "The Starry Night" by Vincent Van Gogh, as well as many pieces from his series "The Olive Trees." None of these paintings were completed, however, until 1889-1890, though the movie is said to be set in 1872. In 1872, Van Gogh would have been only 20, and he did not begin painting until his late-20s. The exposition also displayed several other post impressionist pieces as well as surrealist art. Neither of these styles emerged until after the impressionist period (1870s-1880s). See more »
Well done, Salisbury! I shall name a beef-based entrée after you in your honor.
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cute movie that is better for those who haven't read the book
Very unfaithful adaptation of the Jules Verne novel, yet much more entertaining than the tedious and wildly overrated but relatively faithful David Niven version. The movie is breezy and enjoyable, with some fun fight scenes, although it is completely inconsequential.
I think it would help when watching this movie to have not read the book, because one cannot help but think that the extensive rewriting was not necessary. Passepartout's character could have been expanded for Jackie without so many other changes. Changing Phineas to a bumbling, goofy inventor was clearly done in an attempt to make the movie into another version of the buddy movie that has been Jackie's greatest friend in the U.S., but Coogan is unexceptional in the role and doesn't have a lot of chemistry with Jackie, so they really should have just done the character as written, which could have made for a much smarter movie.
In spite of plot holes and some silliness though, I enjoyed this, at least in that, watch-a-movie-on-TV-on-a-Saturday-morning way.
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