Mysterious Island

Mysterious Island

Cy Endfield (1961)

96min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Based on Jules Verne's sequel to 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, this enjoyable British production blends Sinbad-style giant monster thrills, pirates, volcanic eruptions and, of course, Captain Nemo (not James Mason this time, but Herbert Lom). The menagerie of monsters from stop-frame animation maestro Ray Harryhausen provides most of the film's highlights, as oversized bees and colossal crabs threaten the lives of Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood and their companions. Although the rather colourless cast doesn't do much to raise excitement levels, Harryhausen's fine work and Bernard Herrmann's atmospheric score make this fantasy island worth an excursion.

Summary

Soldiers escaping the American Civil War take flight in a giant observation balloon and land far away on a strange uncharted island, where they encounter giant creatures, cut-throat pirates, two shipwrecked Englishwomen - and the mysterious Captain Nemo. Sci-fi adventure based on Jules Verne's novel, starring Michael Craig, Herbert Lom, Joan Greenwood and Michael Callan, with special effects by Ray Harryhausen.

Cast & Crew

Capt Cyrus Harding Michael Craig
Capt Nemo Herbert Lom
Lady Mary Fairchild Joan Greenwood
Herbert Brown Michael Callan
Elena Beth Rogan
Gideon Spilett Gary Merrill
Sgt Pencroft Percy Herbert
Cpl Neb Nugent Dan Jackson
Director Cy Endfield
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
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