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Mysterious Island (1961)

Approved | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 20 December 1961 (USA)
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During the Civil War a group of Union soldiers and two Confederates escape the stockade using a hot air balloon and end up on a strange Pacific island.

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Complete credited cast:
... Capt. Cyrus Harding
... Lady Mary Fairchild
... Herbert Brown
... Gideon Spilitt
... Captain Nemo
... Elena Fairchild
... Sgt. Pencroft
Dan Jackson ... Cpl. Neb Nugent
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During the US Civil War, Union POWs escape in a balloon and end up stranded on a South Pacific island, inhabited by giant plants and animals. They must use their ingenuity to survive the dangers, and to devise a way to return home. Sequel to '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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Jules Verne's Mysterious Island  »

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Trivia

The armature for the crab is covered with the shell of a real crab instead of the usual latex. Ray Harryhausen bought three crabs for the production, having one humanely killed by a museum employee as boiling it would have changed the color of the shell. The other two were used for close-ups of the crabs' mandibles, which would otherwise have required a huge amount of time to properly animate. These crabs subsequently served as a dinner entrée for Harryhausen and producer Charles H. Schneer. See more »

Goofs

Elena's slippers come and go when she is on land and in the water. One scene when escaping from the Nautilus, she clearly has the slippers on as she prepares to go in the water, the next cutaway has her in the water doing the breast stroke barefoot and no slippers in sight. Then she has the slippers when she is back on land. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Confederate soldier: All right, now get down.
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Opening credits prologue: THE SIEGE OF RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 1865 See more »

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Soundtracks

Toccata and Fugue
in D Minor, BWV 565 (uncredited)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played on organ by Captain Nemo
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Consistently Entertaining
7 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film starts off with adventure and rarely ever lets up. Starting off with a daring hot air balloon escape by Union prisoners from a Confederate prison camp through a treacherous storm which blows them off course until eventually they land on a mysterious island full of strange giant creatures such as a giant crab, a giant bird and giant bees. These creatures are magnificently brought to life by stop-motion master Ray Harryhausen. This one will appeal mostly to those young in heart and spirit. Herbert Lom is quite good in his role as Captain Nemo, a man trying to find a means of destroying the causes of war. Also has a wonderful score by Bernard Herrmann. Great fun.


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