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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

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A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writer:

Earl Felton (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kirk Douglas ... Ned Land
James Mason ... Captain Nemo
Paul Lukas ... Prof. Pierre Aronnax
Peter Lorre ... Conseil
Robert J. Wilke ... First Mate of the Nautilus
Ted de Corsia ... Capt. Farragut
Carleton Young ... John Howard
J.M. Kerrigan ... Old Billy
Percy Helton ... Coach Driver
Ted Cooper Ted Cooper ... Mate on 'Lincoln'
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Storyline

The oceans during the late 1860-92s are no longer safe; many ships have been lost. Sailors have returned to port with stories of a vicious narwhal (a giant whale with a long horn) which sinks their ships. A naturalist, Professor (Pierre) Aronnax, his assistant, Conseil, and a professional whaler, Ned Land, join an US expedition which attempts to unravel the mystery. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1955 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Jules Verne's 20000 Leagues Under the Sea See more »

Filming Locations:

Negril, Jamaica See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$28,200,000
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Boyer was originally considered for the role of Professor Arronax. He had to turn down the role due to prior commitments. See more »

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When Captain Nemo and the Professor return from the mines, the skiff is heading in one direction and the sea moves in the opposite direction. See more »

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Captain Nemo: The natives over there are cannibals. They eat liars with the same enthusiasm as they eat honest men.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'U' rating. All cuts were waived in 1985 when the film was re-rated with a 'U' certificate for home video. See more »

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Soundtracks

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played by Captain Nemo on organ
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This is Truly a Mesmerising Masterpiece
1 July 2004 | by dhsb58See all my reviews

The "Nautilus" is the star of the film.Manned by Captain Nemo (James Mason),this submarine/machine voyages the ocean.

The cast of Actors truly are amazing as they brilliantly help adapt Jules Verne's gripping under-ocean tale. It won an Academy award and so it should have done,as this was a masterpiece to watch.

It was certainly written in the late 19th century to educate victorians of places they could only wish to be.If cinema was around at that time accompanied with the book,this film would go down well.

It has recently also had a DVD release which has features galore.The special effects are also superb for its time.(1953)

The team have certainly done a great job,and with Richard Fleischer at the helm,Walt made himself proud.This was Disney's real hay-day,and i feel this is one of Disney's greatest films. (9.0/10)


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