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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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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 a US expedition which attempts to unravel the mystery. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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When Disney executives saw some underwater scenes their photographers had filmed in the new VistaVision wide-screen format, they decided to make "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and incorporate some of the shots in it. See more »

Goofs

When Prof. Aronnax and Capt. Nemo return to the Nautilus in the dinghy, the horizon is slightly curved, revealing the scene was actually filmed in a big basin. See more »

Quotes

Sailor: [the warship's crew arrives too late to aid another ship after it explodes] I'm thinking she went down with all hands.
Professor Pierre Aronnax, narrator: Poor devils. Not a living soul left. What could have caused such a fearsome explosion?
Sailor: Black powder, and worse, a whole shipload of the stuff.
Ned Land: What could have set it off, though? She must have struck something.
Professor Pierre Aronnax, narrator: Or could it be that something struck the ship?
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Alternate Versions

This film was also released in a "flat" version. This was optically derived from the anamorphic negative. This was for release in small cities where there were no theaters yet equipped for CinemaScope. See more »

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Soundtracks

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
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Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played by Captain Nemo on organ
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under the ocean...
28 September 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Very simply, Richard Fleischer made a gorgeous adaptation of Jules Verne's famous novel. This is an excellent adventure movie told with quite a lot of humor. Fleischer introduced humor in a few sequences and especially in dialogs. But the movie also includes a sadistic side. This sadistic side is epitomized by the captain Nemo himself. You can describe him as a despotic man who's got a grudge against the earth that made him suffer. Moreover, he regards himself as a sort of governor of the ocean. In this way, Jules Verne's novel introduces a reflection about man and the extension of his power thanks to the machine (the Nautilus).

Of course, the movie is supported by a dazzling performance. James Mason is an unforgettable captain Nemo. As for Kirk Douglas, well he said once: "I've made a career of playing sons of bitches". It's probably true if you study his character of Ned Land. But in parallel, Douglas makes his character funny and likeable. Then, Paul Lukas and especially Peter Lorre are outstanding.

No matter that the movie was launched in 1954, the special effects aren't antiquated. Thanks to them, the movie could keep a certain charm and nowadays, it lets itself watch with pleasure.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1955 (USA) 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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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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