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Mysterious Island

  • Drama
  • 1961
  • Cy Endfield
  • 96 mins
  • U

Summary

Fantasy adventure based on the novel by Jules Verne, starring Michael Craig. A group of soldiers make a daring escape from prison by balloon and end up on an island inhabited by giant creatures and the mysterious Captain Nemo.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Captain Cyrus HardingMichael Craig
Lady Mary FairchildJoan Greenwood
Herbert BrownMichael Callan
Gideon SpilettGary Merrill
Captain NemoHerbert Lom
ElenaBeth Rogan
Sergeant PencroftPercy Herbert
NebDan Jackson

Crew

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DirectorCy Endfield

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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