20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

1954

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

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 89%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 74%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 24978

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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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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Nazi_Fighter_David 8 / 10

Douglas' song neatly sums up the whole Disney venture...

The film begins in 1868 as news of a mysterious and puzzling phenomenon sweeps the nautical world... Tales of vessels being swiftly destroyed by this apparition reach the public mind... American government and an armed frigate is sent to destroy the mysterious 'thing', most of the time phosphorescent, and infinitely larger and more rapid in its movements than a whale...

But the monster sinks the frigate and only three survivors find themselves aboard 'a floating island' which inflamed their minds... The three survivors were: a roguish sailor (Kirk Douglas), an oceanic professor (Paul Lukas), and his assistant, Conseil (Peter Lorre).

The three men also find that their host, the enigmatic Captain Nemo (James Mason), is a cultured, hospitable gentleman whose big ambition is to destroy the world, which he despises... His splendid ship, the futuristic Nautilus, is a technological, self-sustaining wonder, enabling its crew to investigate worlds hundreds of fathoms beneath the surface...

In their involuntary roles as prisoner-guests, the trio is invited to tour the wonders of the deep... and the walk freely on the bottom of the sea...

Although the professor and Conseil are content to remain aboard to take advantage of the knowledge gained, the 'prince of harpooners' was eager to escape and get back to his own way of life... Douglas makes his great escape when the Nautilus stops at a lonely island but savage cannibals chase him back to the safety of Nemo's ship...

Seizing every opportunity to get away, Douglas inserts notes containing the location of Nemo's secret island, in bottles and tosses them hopefully into the sea... One of the notes finds its way to the Navy...

'20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' deserves acclaim for its futuristic insight... It is the finest visualization so far of a Jules Verne fantasy...

According to Verne, the Nautilus gathered all the treasures of nature and art, with the artistic confusion which distinguishes a painter's studio...

Kirk Douglas is at his best as the extravagant harpooner, occasionally violent and very passionate when contradicted...

With his uniquely expressive voice, James Mason is brilliant as the dark genius, who put himself beyond the pale of human laws, defying all attempts made against him...

Paul Lukas looks like a very curious intruder, absolutely astounded to pass his time in this mystic garden of the deep, on board the land of marvels...

Peter Lorre is quite funny as the true, devoted servant, who despite his name, never giving advice, even when asked for it...

At one point in the picture Douglas sings "Whale of a Tale," which neatly sums up the whole Disney venture..

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).

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