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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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Based on Jules Verne's fantastic stories of strange adventure... See more »


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Country:

USA

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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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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 "Dimetrodons" in the movie were played by a large type of lizard called a rhinoceros iguana. It is about 3-6 ft. long and is kept as a pet in many places. Dimetrodon in real life was a type of Synapsid reptile. It reached about 12 feet in size, and lived in Western North America. See more »

Goofs

The "Count" pleads with the enraged Hans in English although they are both Icelandic, and the Count already knows that Hans speaks no English. See more »

Quotes

Sir Oliver Lindenbrook: [after finding crumbling loaves of ancient bread] Stale bread. We must speak to the baker.
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Alternate Versions

In some European versions of the film, for example the Spanish dubbing, the "Prof of Geology's Song" was re-dubbed into the "Gaudeamus Igitur" song. See more »

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My Heart's in the Highlands
(uncredited)
Written by Robert Burns
Sung by Pat Boone
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Grand fantasy film-making, fun for all ages.
27 August 2002 | by haristasSee all my reviews

I can attest to the feelings expressed by the last couple commentators about 1959's "Journey To The Center Of The Earth." This is a wonderful family film from the bygone Eisenhower-era of the 1950s. Even though I've been watching it on TV since I was a kid in the sixties, I'd only seen pan&scan versions, and it wasn't until I got it letterboxed on laserdisc that I finally saw what a big-screen entertainment this movie was meant to be. It has wonderful scope and a score by Bernard Herrmann that takes you right down into the bowels of the earth. Listen to it and you'll notice what I mean, as the movie progresses the music keeps going into a lower and lower register. Five organs were used, including one meant for a Cathedral. (The complete original recordings of the score are available on CD from Varese Sarabande.) This movie also has the great James Mason in it, so you know it's got to be good. Sure it's long in the telling and takes a while to get you down that extinct volcano in Iceland, but it's fun all the way with great special effects work by L.B. Abbott and matte paintings by Emil Kosa Jr. The only way to watch this movie is in wide-screen and it's long past due that 20th Century Fox puts this out on DVD in a letterboxed anamorphic transfer. Let's hope that they do it soon.


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