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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.

Director:

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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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A fabulous world below the world See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Sound Mix:

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

Fox gave the green light to this big-budget CinemaScope production partially on the basis of the success of the recent Jules Verne adaptations, Walt Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) and Mike Todd's Around the World in 80 Days (1956). As with those earlier films, the heavy cost proved to be a good investment, resulting in a big hit at the box office. See more »

Goofs

At 1:00hr 40secs the group is climbing down with Carla in front. The professor tells Alec to take a note while Carla is suddenly behind Alec at the end of the line. See more »

Quotes

Sir Oliver Lindenbrook: A dimetrodon!
Count Saknussemm: If I had my gun, we'd have fresh meat for dinner.
Sir Oliver Lindenbrook: That's what he's saying. He's a flesh eater.
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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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Version of Journey to the Center of the Earth (1988) 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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Fun family fifties fantasy flick
13 March 2006 | by johno-21See all my reviews

I first saw this on TV as a kid in the early 60's and it became a TV staple being shown on network prime time before it went to the Saturday afternoon or late night route. Even as a kid I found this highly implausible and accepted it as escapist fantasy. It's a fun movie and is truly a classic. Director Henry Levin's most ambitious assignment as a director to go up against popular Disney fantasy films of the time, capture the imagination of Jules Verne and make it palatable enough for an adult audience. The unlikely cast of dramatic veteran James Mason, singer Pat Boone, beautiful Diane Baker, sexy Arlene Dahl and Iceland born jock Peter Ronson come together surprisingly well. Veteran screenwriter Charles Brackett who wrote for the screen such classics as Sunset Boulevard, Ninotchka, The Lost Weekend, Niagra and The Bishops Wife adapts the Jules Verne novel. Nominated for three Academy Awards for Art Direction, Special Effects and Sound. This movie is probably more fun to people like me who grew up with it from the time when it was made but it's still a good movie and I've seen it many times as an adult. It would be nice to see in it's Technicolor big screen splendor. I would give it an 8.0 out of 10.


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