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Mysterious Island (1961)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 20 December 1961 (USA)
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During the Civil War a group of Union soldiers and two Confederates escape the stockade using a hot air balloon and end up on a strange Pacific island.

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Cy Endfield

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John Prebble (screenplay), Daniel B. Ullman (screenplay) (as Daniel Ullman) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Craig ... Capt. Cyrus Harding
Joan Greenwood ... Lady Mary Fairchild
Michael Callan ... Herbert Brown
Gary Merrill ... Gideon Spilitt
Herbert Lom ... Captain Nemo
Beth Rogan ... Elena Fairchild
Percy Herbert ... Sgt. Pencroft
Dan Jackson Dan Jackson ... Cpl. Neb Nugent
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Storyline

During the US Civil War, Union POWs escape in a balloon and end up stranded on a South Pacific island, inhabited by giant plants and animals. They must use their ingenuity to survive the dangers, and to devise a way to return home. Sequel to '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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You are plunged into prehistoric adventure amid monstrous flora and fauna as an epic of excitement erupts before your startled eyes! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jules Verne's Mysterious Island See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Ameran Films See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The original novel does not contain any reference to giant or extinct animals or plants. Film makers decided to include this to make the movie more exciting, appearing ever since as the most recognizable and persistent aspect of every subsequent adaptation of this Jules Verne work. Interestingly, extinct fauna features predominantly in another Verne novel, Journey to the Center of the Earth. See more »

Goofs

A long view of the balloon's basket did not show any bags of ballast hanging over the side, however when the Union soldiers got near the balloon to enter the basket, the ballast is plainly visible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Confederate soldier: All right, now get down.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: THE SIEGE OF RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 1865 See more »

Connections

Followed by Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Toccata and Fugue
in D Minor, BWV 565 (uncredited)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played on organ by Captain Nemo
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They don't make 'em like this anymore....and that's a shame!
20 May 2006 | by garrardSee all my reviews

While most critics, and fans alike, consider Harryhausen's "Jason and the Argonauts" (released two years later) to be the apex of the special effects master's career, "Mysterious Island" stands as one of his best, also. Loosely based on the Jules Verne 19th century novel, the film boasts some memorable special effects wizardry: an awesome escape from a Confederate prison via balloon, the giant crab, the prehistoric "chicken," the bees, and a cool Nautilus - closely resembling Disney's version from "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." The cast is good, beginning with Michael Craig as the leader of the band of island dwellers. Gary Merrill, who at once was the husband of legend Bette Davis, as well as her co-star in "All About Eve," is effective as the war correspondent that serves as the voice of reason among the band, along with being the group's cook. Herbert Lom does a great "Nemo," significantly different from James Mason's interpretation in the Disney classic. English actress Joan Greenwood is appropriately aristocratic as "Lady Fairchild." But, it is Harryhausen's effects, along with Bernard Herrmann's brilliant score, that elevate this to one of the best fantasies of the 60's.

Filmed at a brisk pace, the story never lets up, keeping the viewer captivated until the thrilling conclusion.


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