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Fogg and his French manservant Passepartout face many obstacles. The boat to France is waiting for actress Sarah Bernhardt, France is in a chaotic state after the fall of Napoleon III and deadly Thuggee cult awaits in India.
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... Phileas Fogg
Eric Idle ... Jean Passepartout
Julia Nickson ... Princess Aouda
Peter Ustinov ... Detective Wilbur Fix
Jack Klugman ... Capt. Bunsby
Roddy McDowall ... McBaines
Darren McGavin ... Benjamin Mudge
Robert Morley ... Wentworth
Stephen Nichols ... Jesse James
Lee Remick ... Sarah Bernhardt
Jill St. John ... Woman Mistaken for Princess Aouda
Robert Wagner ... Alfred Bennett
Arielle Dombasle ... Lucette
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Italian Chief of Police
Henry Gibson ... Train Conductor
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Storyline

Based on Jules Verne's classic about 19th century aristocrat Phileas Fogg's bet that he can circumnavigate the earth in a mere 80 days - and vows to leave that night, taking only some necessary cash in a carpet bag and his newly-hired manservant, Jean Passepartout. Written by Anonymous

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TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1989 (USA) See more »

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(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In the bar in Paris, the woman wanting to sit next to Fogg describes him as "tres belle" (very good-looking). "Belle" is the feminine form of the word, As Fogg is a man, she should have said "beau". See more »

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Episode 1
29 May 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

There were two versions of Around the World in 80 Days that were broadcast in 1989. Both starring ex-Monty Pythons. Unfortunately I remember the Michael Palin version which was a travel documentary made by the BBC.

This all star three part television series comes across as a bit cheesy and a bit hammy. It is also overlong, filled with plenty of padding.

Pierce Brosnan plays Phileas Fogg. Eric Idle is the French manservant, formerly employed by Napoleon III. The story starts with a robbery at the Bank of England, with Fogg identified by a bank employee as the robber.

At the same time at the Reform Club. A conversation in technological advances in travel leads to a wager that Fogg could go round the world in eighty days or less.

As Fogg sets off the Bank of England dispatch various private detective to catch him, one of them is Wilbur Fix (Peter Ustinov) who is right on his tail as Fogg heads to France which is in revolutionary chaos. Gets a hot air balloon to Italy and then sets sail to India from the Suez canal.

The first episode could had done with a brisk pace and needed to chop 30 minutes off the running time. It spends too long in France and then with balloon ride over the Alps with some dodgy green screen work.

There is always a comedic element to this type of story but it really is not that funny despite the best efforts of Idle.


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