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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.


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




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


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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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 »


Captain Nemo: [the villains have over-ridden Nautilus's guidance system] Someone has taken control of my nuclear submarine!
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Edited from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) See more »

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Jules Verne was also a biographer
8 July 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This short lived television series based on a cryogenically frozen Captain Nemo coming to life in the latter part of the 20th century and and putting his Nautilus at the disposal of the USA whom he sees as the good guys. Of course it helps that Naval Intelligence undersea branch in the persons of Tom Hallick and Burr DeBenning discover him and thaw him out. They serve as first and second mates on detached duty from the navy.

His Nautilus even beats our nuclear submarines, but it isn't the Russians who have a better boat. It's arch villain Burgess Meredith as a mad scientist who wants to rule the world with a half human, half robot crew that wants that.

This film is compilation of three episodes of the television series. While it was done it must have been a hoot for both Jose Ferrer and Burgess Meredith. These guys were just loving trying to top the other in outrageous displays of ham acting. They make it a joy to watch this most inferior science fiction film.

Best line in the film was when Hallick says Captain Nemo was a figure of fiction, Ferrer says that Jules Verne was a biographer as well as a science fiction writer. From there get set for some ham a la mode.

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Release Date:

8 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Amazing Captain Nemo See more »

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(3 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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