Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Days

Michael Anderson (1956)

174min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
An epic very much of its time, this vastly entertaining star-studded travelogue was put together (with some difficulty) by the great showman Michael Todd. The charismatic producer - best known today for marrying Elizabeth Taylor and then tragically dying not long afterwards in a plane crash - was awarded the best picture Oscar for his considerable pains. The cast, led by the ultra-urbane David Niven, couldn't be bettered, nor could the use of worldwide locations - 13 countries in all. And for those who find the movie's length a little daunting, Todd persuaded 46 guest stars to appear in supporting roles, and spotting them is a delight - they are then lovingly listed by titles maestro Saul Bass in a beautifully animated end-credits sequence.

Summary

Victorian gentleman Phileas Fogg wagers he and his loyal valet Passepartout can circumnavigate the globe in only 80 days. Oscar-winning period adventure, based on Jules Verne's novel, starring David Niven, Cantinflas and Shirley MacLaine, with cameo appearances by stars including Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich, Frank Sinatra, Buster Keaton and John Gielgud.

Cast & Crew

Phileas Fogg David Niven
Passepartout Cantinflas
Princess Aouda Shirley MacLaine
Inspector Fix Robert Newton
Hesketh-Baggott Noël Coward
Fallentin Trevor Howard
Ralph Robert Morley
Monsieur Gasse Charles Boyer
Sporting lady Hermione Gingold
Dance hall girl, Barbary Coast saloon Marlene Dietrich
Steward Peter Lorre
Cabby John Mills
Bouncer, Barbary Coast saloon George Raft
Pianist, Barbary Coast saloon Frank Sinatra
Colonel Proctor Stamp John Carradine
Train conductor Buster Keaton
Foster John Gielgud
Railway official Ronald Colman
Narrator Edward R Murrow
Tourist Martine Carol
French coachman Fernandel
Flirt Evelyn Keyes
Achmed Abdullah Gilbert Roland
Achmed Abdullah's henchman Cesar Romero
Sir Francis Gromarty Cedric Hardwicke
Steamship company clerk Charles Coburn
Drunk in Barbary Coast saloon Red Skelton
Stationmaster Joe E Brown
First Mate of the Henrietta Andy Devine
Helmsman of the Henrietta Victor McLaglen
Revivalist Beatrice Lillie
Sporting lady's companion Glynis Johns
Director Michael Anderson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
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