20,000 Leagues under the Sea

20,000 Leagues under the Sea

Richard Fleischer (1954)

U Certificate


Our Score
James Mason is marvellous as submariner Captain Nemo in this beautifully designed (Oscars for art direction and special effects) and fabulously cast cinema retelling of Jules Verne's fantasy saga. Also on board the Nautilus is Kirk Douglas, who gives a bravura performance as harpoonist Ned Land, even using his own voice for the song A Whale of a Tale. Peter Lorre adds comic relief, while Paul Lukas and, especially, the underrated Robert J Wilke bring dignity to the proceedings. Director Richard Fleischer makes the most of the action sequences, notably a sensational battle with a giant squid. This is a treat for grown-ups and children alike.


A Victorian scientist investigating the mysterious sinking of whaling ships in the Pacific falls overboard during an attack on his vessel. Along with a veteran mariner and a diver, he is picked up and taken captive by Captain Nemo and whisked away on a series of adventures in his futuristic submarine. Disney fantasy, based on Jules Verne's novel, starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre.

Cast & Crew

Ned Land Kirk Douglas
Captain Nemo James Mason
Professor Aronnax Paul Lukas
Conseil Peter Lorre
Mate on the Nautilus Robert J Wilke
John Howard Carleton Young
Captain Farragut Ted De Corsia
Diver Percy Helton
Shipping agent Eddie Marr
Casey Moore Fred Graham
Billy J M Kerrigan
Director Richard Fleischer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama Children's