20,000 Leagues Under the Sea


Action / Adventure / Drama / Family / Fantasy / Sci-Fi

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 89%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 74%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 24444


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Kirk Douglas as Ned Land
Charles Grodin as Drummer Boy
James Mason as Captain Nemo
Peter Lorre as Conseil
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Reviewed by HotToastyRag 9 / 10

Fantastic classic--much better than Spartacus!

Ladies, get out your handkerchiefs! No, you won't be crying, but you'll definitely be mopping up your drool while watching the curly-haired, bright-eyed, cleft-chinned, gorgeous, grinning, charming, singing sailor-also known as Kirk Douglas in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Out of all the extremely yummy roles he's had, this one might be the yummiest. As always, he's a likable bad boy, but thankfully-or regretfully, depending on how bad you like him to be-he's much more a scoundrel than an actual villain. In the story, he, Paul Lukas, and Peter Lorre come across a mysterious submarine that's been the demise of many sea ships. When the captain invites them aboard, Paul is anxious to learn more of the futuristic vessel, Kirk is suspicious and wants to escape, and Peter agrees with whoever he's talking to at the moment.

Those of you out there who prefer your men to be a little smarter and full of emotional depth, you're in luck. James Mason plays the famous Captain Nemo, and he has plenty of swoon-worthy scenes as he wallows in pain, memories, and conflicted emotions. The characters and story of Jules Verne's classic are immortalized by the cast in this second film version; the first was a silent film that no one really remembers. Even though there have been countless remakes and spin-offs of Captain Nemo, his submarine, and the Mysterious Island, Disney's original is the best. Even today, the special effects used in 1954 are pretty exciting, and the Captain Nemo's sustainable creations are an inspiration.

The film won two very deserving Oscars, for Art Direction and Special Effects. If you haven't seen this version yet, or have never experienced the story, this is a great one to rent. It's exciting, adorable, and even has a trained seal in the supporting cast! But seriously, the acting is great and the production values stand the test of time. James Mason fans will find a gem in this film-it's no wonder that Hollywood cast him in Journey to the Center of the Earth in 1959! And I know Spartacus is the go-to Kirk Douglas classic, but I liked this movie infinitely better. It has a much more original story, is less upsetting, and has just as much eye candy and shirtless scenes. What else is there?

Reviewed by mark-rojinsky 10 / 10

Classic adventure film from 1954

A legendary adventure film from 1954, notable for its sense of pure enterprise, adventurism and amazing designs. Kirk Douglas's Nietzschean performance as the sailor Ned Land is imbued with an absurd sense of flair and power. In appearance he sports curly blond hair, fiery green/blue eyes and wears a red-and-white striped t-shirt. The fight scene with the giant squid is one of the great bravura set-pieces in cinema history when Douglas harpoons the monster with an almost Alexandrian prowess. This scene conjures so many multidimensional classical things and psychological depths - the kraken, Cyclops (Douglas confronted Polyphemus as Odysseus in Ulisse (1954)), the Loch Ness Monster. Douglas would revisit a Jules Verne based adventure film in 1970-1971 with the ambitious The Light at the Edge of the World also starring Yul Brynner, Renato Salvatore, Fernando Rey, Samantha Eggar and directed by Oxford-educated Englishman, Kevin Billington in Spain. Huddersfield-born (this reviewer lives in the industrial Yorkshire town), Cambridge-educated James Mason is convincing in the anti-colonial stakes as the anguished Captain Nemo. In appearance bearded and swarthy - he looks like a mid-Victorian Russian Orthodox priest clad in a dark-blue maritime uniform. Time Out refers to the - 'Nautilus submarine with its beautiful lush Victorian interior....' In conclusion 20.000 Leagues under the Sea is one of my favourite adventure films on a par with The Darwin Adventure (1971-1972), The Voyage of Charles Darwin (1978) and Nostromo (1996).

Reviewed by lasttimeisaw 7 / 10

Disney's first-ever CinemaScope juggernaut

Disney's first-ever CinemaScope juggernaut, a handsome adaptation of Jules Verne's classic novel, directed by journeyman Richard Fleischer and won 2 Oscars for its cutting edge special effects and jaw-dropping art direction.

The time is in the latter half of 19th century, a trio of outsiders, Prof. Pierre Aronnax (Lukas), his assistant Conseil (Lorre) and an adept harpooner Ned Land (Douglas), after an amidships attack from a "sea monster" destroying their ship, fetches up on the said monster, it turns out to be an iron vessel named the Nautilus, which can submerge under the water (a proto-submarine), commanded by Captain Nemo (Mason). They are held as hostages but Captain Nemo exhibits great willingness to introduce the feather-in-his-cup to Prof. Aronnax, who is utterly astonished and eager to persuade the former to contribute his discovery to benefit the whole world, but Captain has his own concerns.

Captain Nemo is a cynical character, a tormented soul, ailed by past terror, he has no faith in humans, after finding his peace in the claustrophobic hull, he adopts a whole self-sustaining mechanism to live completely under the sea with his loyal crew members, the ocean is his treasure trove (although the source of the vessel's propulsion has never been clarified, nuclear energy is tangentially alluded to). Wafting around 20,000 leagues under is no solution to appease his conscience or quench his deep-dish sorrow, that is why he implements those attacks to demolish ships loaded with weaponry or its raw materials, he indeed is a righteously hero, trying to pre-empt war-wrought casualties at the expense of those who are on the assaulted ships, it is a relentless move based on contingency, radical, even somewhat unethical, but it serves as a potent reminder that there is no win-win solution in warfare, it is atrocity in any case, whose corner are you fighting for? Professor Aronnax or Captain Nemo?

The film is a sensation to watch not just for its visual innovation (one can find more pleasure in Czech artisan Karel Zeman's THE DEADLY INVENTION if technicalities is your cuppa), the epic squid battle alone is worth your ticket; what one finds engaging, or even refreshing is the story's pervading pessimistic outlook, which is definitely not something one expects from a Disney production, plus James Mason's poignant impersonation of a man plagued by an existential crisis, everything evokes pathos and to some degree, nihilism in the film's unfolding up to the finale, Ned Land is a trouble-maker, and Douglas is overtly concerned with his macho image which only leads to his own disservice (even that hooky ditty WHALE OF A TALE is of little avail at that point); Prof. Aronnax is pedantic, credulous and indecisive, whereas Conseil is a wavering coward who only redemption is his allegiance to Prof. Aronnax. None of the three is worth our sympathy, yet they are the sole survivors, what a disgrace in an otherwise stunning achievement.

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