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Atlantis: The Lost Continent (1961)

Approved | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | 3 May 1961 (USA)
Welcome to Atlantis, where royal guardsmen wear uniforms that could easily be from the wardrobe of Ming the Merciless and some unfortunate slaves are turned into bovine-headed beasts.

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 ... 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!

Genres:

Adventure | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Trivia

The special effects model of the Atlantean submarine has been part of the collection owned by Forrest J. Ackerman for many years. See more »

Goofs

The triangular pit of fire and water loses an acute angle during close ups of the fight. A flat wall replaces the 60 degree corner. 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

Featured in 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) See more »

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Fantasy or Allegory?
24 October 2001 | by de_niro_2001See all my reviews

I thought this film would be a bit of a turkey but it turned out to be very entertaining. There are echoes of the same director's The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds in it. It combines sci-fi with Greek mythology very well. Although it is very much a fantasy film the pre-title sequence where the narrator talks about the things in the Old World and the New whose similarity which must be more than coincidental is quite thought provoking and you wonder what the real reason was for there being cave paintings of elephants in America and paintings of witches being similar on both sides of the Atlantic. It was made in the early sixties and it seems also to be making a statement about nuclear power with one crystal being used for lighting and heat and another being used for destruction. That scene seems to be a veiled warning about controlling our technology and not letting it run away. The rulers of Atlantis seem also to be a metaphor for the Nazis with their ideas of racial superiority and their desire to conquer the world together with their use of slave labour. A good film for all the family.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atlantis: The Lost Continent See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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