Mysterious Island

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Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion animation effects are the best thing about this version of the oft-filmed Jules Verne yarn. Craig leads a gang of Union soldiers who flee a Confederate jail by balloon, only to be washed up on the isolated isle where Lom's Capt Nemo has been experimenting to solve the world's food crisis (hence the giant hen, huge bees and over-sized crabs which test the plucky escapees). Scripted by several hands, but Bernard Herrmann's score a decided plus.

By: TJ

Release details

Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Cyril Endfield
Screenwriter: John Prebble, Daniel B Ullman, Crane Wilbur
Cast: Joan Greenwood
Michael Craig
Herbert Lom
Michael Callan
Gary Merrill
Percy Herbert
Dan Jackson
Nigel Green
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