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Around the World in 80 Days

  • Action
  • Comedy
  • 2004
  • Frank Coraci
  • 115 mins
  • PG

Summary

Period comedy adventure starring Steve Coogan and Jackie Chan. Victorian inventor Phileas Fogg is challenged to circumnavigate the globe in eighty days by Lord Kelvin, head of the Royal Academy of Science. Accompanying Fogg on his journey are Passepartout, a man skilled in martial arts and bent on restoring a stolen Jade Buddha to his Chinese village, and French artist Monique.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Jackie Chan returns to the Victorian England setting of Shanghai Knights for this comedic take on Jules Verne's much-loved adventure. The film follows the exploits of inventor Phileas Fogg (Steve Coogan) and his valet, Passepartout (Chan), as they endeavour to circumnavigate the globe in record time to win a wager set by the villainous Lord Kelvin (Jim Broadbent), the head of the Royal Academy of Science. Chan delivers his trademark martial arts rough and tumble along the way, but a redundant subplot involving a stolen jade Buddha only serves to slow the action down. The broad comedy is perhaps more suited to Chan's pratfalls than Coogan's wit, but their travels provide enough eye candy and big-name cameos (including Owen and Luke Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help pass the time on this otherwise laboured journey.

Credits

Cast

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Passepartout / Lao XingJackie Chan
Phileas FoggSteve Coogan
Monique La RocheCécile de France
Lord KelvinJim Broadbent
Queen VictoriaKathy Bates
Prince HapiArnold Schwarzenegger
Grizzled sergeantJohn Cleese
Wilbur WrightOwen Wilson
Orville WrightLuke Wilson
Inspector FixEwen Bremner
Colonel KitchenerIan McNeice
Steamer captainMark Addy
San Francisco HoboRob Schneider
General FangKaren Mok
Balloon manRichard Branson
Sleeping French womanMacy Gray
Wong Fei HungSammo Hung

Crew

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DirectorFrank Coraci

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment
Released on
2004-07-09
Languages
English | German | Hindi | French | Turkish
Guidance
Some violence and swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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