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The Return of Captain Nemo (1978)

After a century of being in suspended animation, the mysterious submarine commander is revived in modern times for new adventures.

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Alex March, Paul Stader
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
José Ferrer ... Captain Nemo
Burgess Meredith ... Prof. Waldo Cunningham
Mel Ferrer ... Dr. Robert Cook
Horst Buchholz ... King Tibor
Tom Hallick ... Tom Franklin
Burr DeBenning ... Jim Porter
Lynda Day George ... Kate
Warren Stevens ... Miller
Med Flory ... Tor
Anthony McHugh Anthony McHugh ... Radio Operator
Randolph Roberts ... Helmsman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Angarola ... Trog
Art Balinger
Harvey Fisher Harvey Fisher
Anthony Geary ... Bork
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Storyline

Two US Navy divers discover the Nautilus trapped underwater, with Captain Nemo in suspended animation inside for the last century. Once Nemo is revived, the government makes a deal with him to refit his ship with a few modern technologies in exchange for his helping to defeat Professor Cunningham, a mad genius threatening to destroy Washington with a missile from his own submarine unless he is paid a billion dollars. Later, Nemo continues and completes his search for the sunken city of Atlantis, delayed 100 years by his long time in stasis. Written by Anonymous

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His goal was Atlantis - but first he must conquer the menace of the depths!

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Sci-Fi

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Trivia

The villain's submarine was modified from a Space: 1999 (1975) Eagle play-set. The toy was made by Mattel in 1976, two years before the film. The engine section, side cargo doors, command capsule and framework superstructure from the Eagle are all visible on the modified submarine. See more »

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Captain Nemo: [the villains have over-ridden Nautilus's guidance system] Someone has taken control of my nuclear submarine!
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Connections

Edited from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) See more »

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THE AMAZING CAPTAIN NEMO {Condensed Theatrical Version Of TV Mini-Series THE RETURN OF CAPTAIN NEMO} (Alex March, 1978) **
2 November 2007 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

I know this film was shown on local TV when I was a kid, but I can't remember whether I watched it or not; seeing it now, considering how utterly forgettable it is, I still don't know – so I counted it as a first viewing! There have been several films featuring the title character, a creation of visionary French author Jules Verne; these include: 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954; with James Mason in the role), MASTER OF THE WORLD (1961; Vincent Price), MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (1961; Herbert Lom), CAPTAIN NEMO AND THE UNDERWATER CITY (1969; Robert Ryan) and THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND OF CAPTAIN NEMO (1973; Omar Sharif).

This version stars Academy Award winner Jose' Ferrer. However, even if the premise itself isn't half-bad – awakened from suspended animation in his submarine, "The Nautilus", and finding himself in modern times, Nemo adopts all his ingenuity to aid the U.S. Navy in defeating megalomaniac scientist Burgess Meredith – it emerges as easily his most infantile adventure yet! For instance: five seconds into the film, Meredith's assistant – donning a steel mask – rants that "The World Shall Be Ours!"); equally hilarious are the zealous gesticulations of the similarly decked-out midget, whose task it is to fire The Professor's all-important "Delta Beam" - and how about those android-type minions aboard Meredith's vessel who never seem to do much of anything?!

Ferrer manages to maintain his dignity throughout, but Meredith is an embarrassment (in what is virtually a retread of his Penguin characterization from the 1960s BATMAN TV series and film) where the budget was so tight – mostly invested in bland production design and shoddy special effects, no doubt, and both evidently influenced by STAR WARS (1977) – that, apparently, they couldn't even afford him a decent costume (he looks positively idiotic wearing a tie in a sub)! The supporting cast includes Mel Ferrer (playing a saboteur in the vein of Joan Fontaine from another Irwin Allen production, VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA [1961], and who engages in a swashbuckling routine with his namesake inside the engine-room of "The Nautilus"), Lynda Day George (unsurprisingly, she's the only female character around) and Horst Buchholz (as the King Of Atlantis – for whatever reason, Nemo is obsessed with locating the famed Lost Continent).

By the way, having been reduced from a three-part mini-series for theatrical exhibition, the film obviously feels choppy – though one is still able to discern where one episode ended and another began.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Amazing Captain Nemo See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(3 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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