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Atlantis: The Lost Continent (1961)

Approved | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | 3 May 1961 (USA)
A Greek Fisherman brings an Atlantean Princess back to her homeland which is the mythical city of Atlantis. He is enslaved for his trouble. The King is being manipulated by an evil sorcerer... See full summary »

Director:

George Pal

Writers:

Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay), Gerald Hargreaves (play) (as Sir Gerald Hargreaves)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sal Ponti ... Demetrios (as Anthony Hall)
Joyce Taylor ... Princess Antillia
John Dall ... Zaren
William Smith ... Captain of the Guard (as Bill Smith)
Edward Platt ... Azor the High Priest
Frank DeKova ... Sonoy the Astrologer (as Frank De Kova)
Berry Kroeger ... Surgeon
Edgar Stehli Edgar Stehli ... King Kronas
Wolfe Barzell ... Petros, Demetrios' Father
Jay Novello ... Xandros the Greek Slave
Paul Frees ... Narrator / multiple voices (voice)
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Storyline

A Greek Fisherman brings an Atlantean Princess back to her homeland which is the mythical city of Atlantis. He is enslaved for his trouble. The King is being manipulated by an evil sorcerer who is bent on using a natural resource of Atlantis to take over the world. The Atlanteans, or rather the slaves of Atlantis, are forced to mine a crystalline material which absorbs the suns rays. These crystals can then be used for warmth. The misuse of science has created weapons out of the crystals that can fire a heat ray to destroy whatever it touches. Written by <harold.lind@airtouch.com>

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atlantis, terre engloutie See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

George Pal Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Laser device on temple steps in final sequence was reused in Man from UNCLE TV movie. See more »

Goofs

Zarin and the priest struggle near the end and the crystal starts shooting randomly. It strikes Zarin and turns him into a skeleton. The skull has the cutting line around it and a metal hook holding it together. See more »

Quotes

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Narrator: When Columbus discovered America, a series of mysteries arose to confound the scholars of Europe. Here are two continents, completely isolated from each other, yet they simultaneously developed similar cultures. For example, the Mayans measured time on the same principle as the Gregorian calendar of Europe. They used the same signs of the zodiac, the same decimal and mathematical system. They valued silver and gold, using both for jewelry and barter. Another mystery was the banana ...
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Crazy Credits

For once in his life, Paul Frees gets an on-screen credit for a voice-over job, the narration in the opening and closing sequences. Strangely, he is billed not in the cast list, but in the technical credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. See more »

Connections

Edited from Quo Vadis (1951) See more »

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Overlooked, hard to find and not too bad.
1 July 2003 | by TSMChicagoSee all my reviews

I agree that this is not one of George Pal's stronger efforts, but it does have merit. The sinking of Atlantis at the conclusion still looks good today even though some of the shots of the burning city were taken from "Quo Vadis."

Near the end of the film Russell Garcia's music repeats an easily remembered motif from his "Time Machine" score.

Edward Platt's performance as High Priest Azor is one of the best in the film although I kept expecting someone to call him "Chief."

The writing is a little stiff as it always seems to be in these ancient times epics. The only real awkward moment is the bizarre chant the slaves recite as they twist the giant drill in order to speed the eruption of the volcano.

Very colorful sets and costumes along with the usual amount of special effects mayhem you would anticipate from George Pal. The lead f/x man was A. Arnold Gillespie who worked on "The Wizard of Oz" and "Gone With the Wind." The miniature sets and explosions are especially good.

An overlooked, above average spectacle from one of the best showmen working in Hollywood at the time.


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