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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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SIGHTS NEVER BEFORE SEEN - Adventure never before experienced!

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Details

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

Another budget shortcut was utilized in the volcano eruption scene. Not only were the fire and lava shots stock footage, but they were also used in Pal's, "The Time Machine" the year before. See more »

Goofs

After the rescue of Antilla, Demetrios asks her from where she came. She answers that her land is "beyond the Columns of Hercules". But in time of Atlantis (9000b.C) Hercules hasn't done this job or even has been born (1500 to 1200 BCE). See more »

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[first lines]
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

References Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

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If you hook a princess--throw her back.
2 June 2004 | by lemon993See all my reviews

Here's a flicker that scared the bejesus out of me as a child. I had trouble understanding the overlapping of modern science with the ancient world. A Vernesque-style atomic submarine blew me away. And that solar laser--which vaporizes enemies of the state--defies logic. I hear there were scenes of men in flying machines that were cut. Why? One scene that was not cut involved a mad scientist experimenting with turning men into swine. Strange and scary stuff. And the costume designer went berserk with HIS creations. Watching the film recently I discovered my utter contempt for the lead female role. I felt sorry for the poor fisherman who saves the ungrateful princess from certain death. He, however, has only himself to blame. The princess whines, schemes and disparages his occupation right from the start AND in front of his father. And that's only the beginning. Later on, she has no problem casting him into slavery. Enough about her. The soundtrack is very rare because it is out of print--and costs a royal fortune. I just touched the surface with this well made and imaginative film. Look for it on cable somewhere--or visit Atlantis on your next vacation.


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