20000 Leagues Under the Sea

Film

Fantasy films

 

Time Out says

Still one of Disney's most ambitious live action adaptations, only marginally vulgarising Jules Verne's original and notable for some staggering designs, including the beautiful 'Nautilus' submarine itself, with its lush Victorian interior. It was the first Disney film to use very big stars, with Mason contributing a thoroughly sympathetic performance as the anguished Captain Nemo, and Lorre as one of his foils. Time hasn't been quite so kind to Kirk Douglas' role as a lusty harpooner, who looks as though he was inserted to reassure American audiences in the face of what might seem to be a sternly anti-colonial plot. Otherwise this is one of the great movie adventures, fully deserving its canonisation in Disney World, where an elaborate underwater ride attempts - with mixed success - to duplicate some of the film's major thrills.
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Release details

UK release:

1954

Duration:

126 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Cast:

Robert J Wilke, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas, James Mason, Kirk Douglas, Carleton Young

Music:

Paul Smith

Art Director:

John Meehan

Editor:

Elmo Williams

Cinematography:

Franz Planer

Screenwriter:

Earl Felton

Producer:

Walt Disney

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