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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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Walt Disney's Mighty, Magnificent, Memorable 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea! See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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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

The world's first functional replica of Captain Nemo's diving helmet, built by Pat Regan of Vulcania Submarine, Hawaii, is on display in the Florida Keys History of Diving Museum in Islamorada, along with items from the film. He also restored an authentic Disney "Crowntop" crewman's diving helmet to operational condition and dived it in Hawaii, 2008; making it the only piece of 20,000 Leagues diving gear returned to service since 1954. See more »

Goofs

Captain Nemo electrifies the hull of the Nautilus to drive off the squid and the natives. Electricity needs a complete circuit to work. Since the Nautilus is submerged when the squid attacks the sea water would have shorted out the electricity and prevented it from harming the squid. Likewise, since the natives are standing on the hull and are not grounded they would also have not been harmed. See more »

Quotes

Ned Land: [singing] Got a whale of a tale to tell ya, lads, a whale of a tale or two, 'bout the floppin' fish and the girls I've loved on nights like this with the moon above. A whale of a tale and it's all true, I swear by my tattoo. There was Typhoon Tessie; met her on the coast of Java. When we kissed, I bubbled up like molten lava. Then she gave me the scare of my young life. Blow me down and pick me up, she was the captain's wife!
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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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Referenced in Good Eats: Squid Pro Quo (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

A Whale of a Tale
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Al Hoffman
Sung by Kirk Douglas (uncredited)
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Great and Funny Adventure
22 December 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1868, shipping becomes a nightmare, since vessels are vanishing the in the South Seas. The tabloids attribute the disappearances of the ships to an existence of a sea monster. The US government invites Prof. Pierre Arronax (Paul Lukas) and his assistant Conseil (Peter Lorre) to investigate what is really happening and they embark in a ship navigating to the Orient. In the crew, Ned Land (Kirk Douglas) is a happy member. After a long period on the open sea, a submarine, the Nautilaus, commanded by Captain Nemo (James Mason), attacks the steamship. Prof. Arronax, Conseil and Ned are rescued by the submarine, and share the dreams and madness of Captain Nemo. Although being a 1954 film, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" is a great and funny adventure, which has not aged. The adaptation of Julio Verne's novel "on the screen" is a great entertainment recommended for all families. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "20.000 Léguas Submarinas" ("20,000 Leagues Submarines")


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