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Around the World in 80 Days

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 1956
  • Michael Anderson
  • 174 mins
  • U

Summary

Adventure, based on the classic Jules Verne novel, starring David Niven and an all-star cast. Reform Club member Phileas Fogg makes a wager with his fellow clubmen that he can go round the world in 80 days. Accompanied by his servant Passepartout, Fogg begins his momentous voyage.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Phileas FoggDavid Niven
PassepartoutCantinflas
Princess AoudaShirley MacLaine
Inspector FixRobert Newton
Hesketh-BaggottNoël Coward
FallentinTrevor Howard
RalphRobert Morley
Monsieur GasseCharles Boyer
Sporting ladyHermione Gingold
Dance hall girl, Barbary Coast saloonMarlene Dietrich
StewardPeter Lorre
CabbyJohn Mills
Bouncer, Barbary Coast saloonGeorge Raft
Pianist, Barbary Coast saloonFrank Sinatra
Colonel Proctor StampJohn Carradine
Train conductorBuster Keaton
FosterJohn Gielgud
Railway officialRonald Colman
NarratorEdward R Murrow
TouristMartine Carol
French coachmanFernandel
FlirtEvelyn Keyes
Achmed AbdullahGilbert Roland
Achmed Abdullah's henchmanCesar Romero
Sir Francis GromartyCedric Hardwicke
Steamship company clerkCharles Coburn
Drunk in Barbary Coast saloonRed Skelton
StationmasterJoe E Brown
First Mate of the <em>Henrietta</em>Andy Devine
Helmsman of the <em>Henrietta</em>Victor McLaglen
RevivalistBeatrice Lillie
Sporting lady's companionGlynis Johns

Crew

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DirectorMichael Anderson

Details

Theatrical distributor
United Artists Corp. Ltd
Languages
English | French | Spanish
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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