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Vynález zkázy (1958)

An evil millionaire named Artigas plans to use a super-explosive device to conquer the world from his headquarters inside an enormous volcano.

Director:

Karel Zeman

Writers:

Frantisek Hrubín (scenario), Jules Verne (novel) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lubor Tokos ... Simon Hart
Arnost Navrátil Arnost Navrátil ... Profesor Roch
Miroslav Holub ... Artigas (as Miloslav Holub)
Frantisek Slégr Frantisek Slégr ... Kapitán pirátu
Václav Kyzlink Václav Kyzlink ... Ing. Serke
Jana Zatloukalová Jana Zatloukalová ... Jana
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hugh Downs ... Himself - Announcer (voice)
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Storyline

An evil millionaire named Artigas plans to use a super-explosive device to conquer the world from his headquarters inside an enormous volcano.

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Fantastic Pedal Blimps Fly The Skies! - Four-Footed Machines In Incredible Sea Battle! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

August 1958 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fabulous World of Jules Verne See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The American version in English is titled "The Fabulous World of Jules Verne" and has added footage at the beginning were Hugh Downs introduces the movie and its Mysti-Mation effects. Sometimes the part with Hugh Downs is cut out when shown on television. See more »

Goofs

This movie is obviously set in the late 19th century - the 1890s. The steamship Savannah in the opening of the film crossed the Atlantic in 1819 - a good 70 years before the story takes place. See more »

Crazy Credits

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Hats Off, Gentlemen. A Genius!
31 December 2011 | by cstotlar-1See all my reviews

This is even better than Jules Verne (albeit some minor Verne works) with not only the stories and some of the dialogue but period engravings surrounding live actors, animation magic to boot and uncountable other technical tours de force. It is rather cool, perhaps, with the characters rather distant from the viewers but they take second place to the virtuoso special effects. And what effects they are! The drawings are so real they pop off the screen and the music is absolutely wonderful - full Twentieth Century in this case. This is rather like the most elaborate of magic shows: we are willing to sit back and be amused - and amazed. Bravo Karel Zeman and bravo to the whole team! Curtis Stotlar


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