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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea / 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea


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  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea  / 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
 
Average Rating
7.38 /10
 
Starring
Kirk Douglas (top centre), James Mason (left), Paul Lukas
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Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Written by: Earl Felton

 
 
 
Released: 1954
   
Genre: ACTION
ADVENTURE
SCIENCE FICTION
FAMILY
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: C
   
Length: 127
 
 


 
Victorian scientists are kidnapped at sea by Captain Nemo (James Mason) and his submarine.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Most critics recognized this immediately as one of the best live-action Disney adventures (it was the first put out by the Disney offshoot, Buena Vista); it is one of those rare family films which don't patronise their adult audience. Kirk Douglasís performance strikes some as charismatic, others (including me) as tiresomely narcissistic; but there's no question that James Mason makes a superb Captain Nemo. The submarine is a lovely piece of set design, with luxurious Victorian interiors; Academy Awards went to John Meehan and Emile Kuri for Best Art Direction and Set Decoration. Even the most blase child should be enthralled by the fight with the giant squid (the visual effects team also won an Oscar). Elmo Williams was also nominated for his film editing.


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