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Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can circumnavigate the globe in eighty days.

Directors:

Michael Anderson, John Farrow (uncredited)

Writers:

James Poe (screenplay), John Farrow (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Niven ... Phileas Fogg
Cantinflas ... Passepartout
Shirley MacLaine ... Princess Aouda
Robert Newton ... Inspector Fix
Charles Boyer ... Monsieur Gasse - Thomas Cook Paris Clerk
Joe E. Brown ... Fort Kearney Station Master
Martine Carol ... Girl in Paris Railroad Station
John Carradine ... Col. Stamp Proctor - San Francisco Politico
Charles Coburn ... Steamship Company Hong Kong Clerk
Ronald Colman ... Great Indian Peninsular Railway Official
Melville Cooper ... Mr. Talley - Steward R.M.S 'Mongolia'
Noël Coward ... Roland Hesketh-Baggott - London Employment Agency Manager (as Noel Coward)
Finlay Currie ... Andrew Stuart
Reginald Denny ... Bombay Police Inspector
Andy Devine ... First Mate of the 'S. S. Henrietta'
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Storyline

When this movie is made in 1956, one can circumnavigate the globe in a little less than two days. When Jules Verne wrote the story "Around the World in Eighty Days" in 1872, he predicted that one day man could accomplish the task in eighty hours, but which most considered folly to do in eighty days in current times... that is except for people like Englishman Phileas Fogg, a regimented man who believed all it would take is exacting work, the skills he possesses. He just has to make sure a train's schedule meets the required sailing schedule which meets the required coach schedule and so on. As such, he takes up what ends up being the highly publicized £20,000 wager from his fellow members at the London Reform Club to do so, losing the bet which would ruin him financially. Along for the ride is Fogg's new, loyal and devoted valet, the recently arrived Latin immigrant, Passepartout, who possesses unusual skills which could be major assets, but whose all consuming thoughts on the ... Written by Huggo

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See everything in the World worth seeing! Do everything in the World worth doing! See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

17 October 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Michael Todd's Around the World in 80 Days See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$42,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Michael Todd Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(35 mm) | (with entr'acte and exit music) | (video) | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Mag-optical) (35 mm prints) (1956)| Mono (optical) (35 mm prints) (re-release prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo (Perspecta Sound encoding) (35 mm magnetic prints) (1956)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

John Wayne was considered for the role of the cavalry officer, but he turned it down. See more »

Goofs

When the train stops after the Native American raid, the train station sign says "Fort Kearney", and the station manager mentions a local train that will run to Omaha. In 1872, the sign should have read "Kearney Junction." Fort Kearny (correct spelling) was shut down in 1871. A postal error added a second "e" to Kearny, Nebraska, and the spelling has been Kearney ever since. See more »

Quotes

Passepartout: Is that necessary?
Mr. Fix: It's not necessary. Mandatory.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits. The film begins with 'Edward R. Murrow (I)' narrating a prologue showing the history of flight. Then, the actual story begins with no opening credits whatsoever. See more »

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The greatest supporting cast in the history of film
28 September 2005 | by Scaramouche2004See all my reviews

Michael Todd's screen adaptation of Jules Verne's classic novel is a masterpiece.

Beautifully shot in over 100 different locations around the world, it is one of the few novels which actually benefits from big screen treatment. No longer do we have to imagine these fine exotic places in our minds, they are presented here in full cinematic and Technicolour brilliance.

The great David Niven plays the quintessential English gentleman to the hilt as Philias Fogg, the well to do bachelor who after calmly announcing that it was possible, accepts a £20,000 wager from his fellow Reform Club members to travel round the world in 80 days.

In tow on this mammoth voyage are newly appointed man servant Passepartout played by Mexican entertainer Cantinflas, a rather miscast Shirley MacLaine as Aouda a recently rescued Indian Princess and the lovable and ever watchable Robert Newton as Mr. Fix the detective who is convinced Fogg is a master criminal who left Britain having just robbed the Bank of England.

Yet what adds flavour to an already wonderful story and fascinating movie, is that no matter what corner of the globe our intrepid Fogg appears, he is helped, hindered, slowed down, befriended and attacked by a myriad of world renowned movie stars. Never before or since has a film boasted so many top named stars in cameo appearances.

Robert Morley, Ronald Squire, Finlay Currie, Basil Sydney, Noel Coward, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, Harcourt Williams, Martine Carol, Fernandel, Charles Boyer, Evelyn Keyes, Gilbert Roland, Cesar Romero, Alan Mowbray, Cedric Hardwicke, Melville Cooper, Reginald Denny, Ronald Colman, Charles Coburn, Peter Lorre, George Raft, Red Skelton, Marlene Dietrich, John Carradine, Frank Sinatra, Buster Keaton, Tim McCoy, Joe E. Brown, Andy Devine, Edmund Lowe, Victor McLaglen, Jack Oakie, Beatrice Lillie, John Mills, Glynis Johns and Hermione Gingold all come along for this bizarre journey.

Now thats what I call a cast list.

Niven is as always a joy to watch as the seemingly unstoppable and resourceful Fogg, so much so that the film can be forgiven its epic length.

However, I do feel as though a good half an hour could have been trimmed had Todd decided to tone down some of Cantinflas' over long routines. We know what a fantastic and talented performer he was, there was no real need to hammer the point home with a nigh on 15 minute bull fight sequence, Japanese circus tricks and stunt horse riding.

However despite this one criticism, the film is legend, the story is legend and was fully deserving of the five Oscar's it was awarded, including Best Picture of 1956.

In fact I feel certain that if Philias Fogg had a film like this on DVD, he would have much preferred to stay at home and watch it. I know I certainly would.


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