An adventurer, Passepartout, ends up accompanying time-obsessed English gentleman, Phileas Fogg, on a daring mission to journey around the world. Fogg has wagered with members of his London club that he can traverse the world in 80 days. Along the way, they encounter many interesting 19th Century figures and have many exciting and suspenseful situations in their voyage around the world.Written by
The French balloon man who calls the main characters insane as they jump into the basket is a cameo appearance by Sir Richard Branson. As well as being the boss of the Virgin Group, he is also famed for his sometimes life-threatening ballooning record attempts. See more »
On the paddle-ship on the Atlantic, the paddles are turning and some of the sails are also unfurled. However if the wind was having any effect it would have to be going faster than the ship. In that case the smoke from the smokestack should be blown forward, in the direction of travel. In fact it is shown going sideways or even backwards; this implies that the sails are actually causing a drag on the ship, slowing it down. See more »
Monique La Roche:
[dedication on a painting]
I travelled the world for inspiration, and found it in a man who lives what he dreams.
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Some commercial television prints cut out the Arnold Schwarzenegger cameo sequence. See more »
cute movie that is better for those who haven't read the book
Very unfaithful adaptation of the Jules Verne novel, yet much more entertaining than the tedious and wildly overrated but relatively faithful David Niven version. The movie is breezy and enjoyable, with some fun fight scenes, although it is completely inconsequential.
I think it would help when watching this movie to have not read the book, because one cannot help but think that the extensive rewriting was not necessary. Passepartout's character could have been expanded for Jackie without so many other changes. Changing Phineas to a bumbling, goofy inventor was clearly done in an attempt to make the movie into another version of the buddy movie that has been Jackie's greatest friend in the U.S., but Coogan is unexceptional in the role and doesn't have a lot of chemistry with Jackie, so they really should have just done the character as written, which could have made for a much smarter movie.
In spite of plot holes and some silliness though, I enjoyed this, at least in that, watch-a-movie-on-TV-on-a-Saturday-morning way.
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