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Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

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An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.

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Henry Levin

Writers:

Walter Reisch (screenplay), Charles Brackett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pat Boone ... Alec McEwan
James Mason ... Sir Oliver S. Lindenbrook
Arlene Dahl ... Carla Göteborg
Diane Baker ... Jenny Lindenbrook
Thayer David ... Count Saknussemm
Peter Ronson Peter Ronson ... Hans Belker
Robert Adler ... Groom
Alan Napier ... Dean
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Prof. Lindenbrook leads his intrepid party on an expedition to the center of the earth, via a volcano in Iceland, encountering all manner of prehistoric monsters and life-threatening hazards on the way. Written by Mark Hockley <markh@centurione.com>

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A fabulous world below the world See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swedish | French | Italian | Russian

Release Date:

14 January 1960 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,440,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,000,000
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4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)| Dolby SR (re-issue)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The professor's name in the original novel (French language) was Otto Lidenbrock, a German. In the movie it was changed to Oliver Lindenbrook, a Scotsman. The name of his assistant Axel was Caledonized into Alec. (This was done because of historical hindsight, as 19th-century Scots had become known as the best field geologists, with Germans preferring lab-bound geology.) A more drastic change had already been made with the first (anonymous) English translation of the novel when the Professor's surname became Hartwig and Axel became an English student named Henry Lawson. See more »

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The fabled Atlantis was not a lost city, but a lost continent. See more »

Quotes

Laird of Glendarick: Sir Oliver, in the name of the whole student body, in gratitude for the knowledge you have imparted to us...
Sir Oliver Lindenbrook: That's enough obituary prose. An inkwell I presume. A very handsome thing. Hellish to dust.
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Version of Journey to the Center of the Earth (1967) See more »

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My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose
By Robert Burns
Set to music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Sung by Pat Boone
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Adventure and danger at the centre of the Earth
20 January 2005 | by Chris GaskinSee all my reviews

This is the first and best version of this story. Journey To the Center of the Earth has been made several times since this 1959 release.

A group of four explorers consisting of Professor Lindenbrook, his nephew, a woman and an Iclantic, Hans plus his pet duck Gertrude go on an expedition to the centre of the Earth via an extinct volcano in Iceland.They encounter all sorts of dangers and sights on the way including a large boulder that nearly crushes them, a forest of giant mushrooms, the lost city of Atlantis, an underground ocean and some prehistoric monsters including Dimetrodons and a giant red lizard, which attacks the party as they are making their escape. They get back to the surface in an ancient large dish like object via a volcano! Pat Boone is thrown off course when they reach the surface and ends up in the grounds of a monastery naked and uses a sheep to cover up his private parts! This shocked the nuns of course.

The Dimetrodons are enlarged lizards with fins attached but look good. The music score by Bernard Herrmann is excellent as it is in all his movies i've seen.

The cast is excellent too and includes James Mason (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), Pat Boone (who also sings), Arlene Dahl, Peter Ronson as Hans and Diane Baker.

I have seen this movie several times and is an excellent way to spend a couple of hours one afternoon or evening.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5.


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