20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

20000leagues20“I am not what is called a civilized man, Professor. I have done with society for reasons that seem good to me. Therefore, I do not obey its laws. ” – Captain Nemo

Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 times (cable and video in the 80’s and 11 Jun 2015)

Brief Synopsis – While searching for a sea monster in the Pacific Ocean, a professor, his apprentice and a sailor encounter a mysterious underwater craft captained by a very intelligent but dangerous man

My Take on it – How many of us were amazed and wondered as kids reading about the seemingly prophetic novels of Jules Verne who was able to tell wondrous tales about far reaching journeys that we only thoughts our imaginations could take us to.

This is a great adaptation of the novel that really gives us a better understanding of the Nautilus and its crew and captain.

Stars Kirk Douglas and James Mason are both very good here as the two main characters who engage each other in moral and philosophical debates with regard to the way society is run.

My biggest nit-pik is the fact that the special effects seem extremely dated and unrealistic and subsequently detracts from the enjoyment of the movie. I believe that even back them, they should have made this with animation because that would have solved the look and feel of the pretty weak effects.

Bottom Line – Very good adaptation of Verne’s work to the screen. Douglas and Mason are both very good here. Might have been even better as an animated movie because the effects don’t seem today to be realistic enough. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Richard Fleischer was surprised at being considered for the director’s chair for this film, as he was the son of Disney’s biggest competitor, Max Fleischer. He approached Walt Disney to inquire if Disney knew who he was. Disney told him that he was well aware of who he was and hired him because he thought he was the best man for the job. Richard Fleischer also asked his father if he minded having his son working for his rival but Max Fleischer made no objection and even asked Richard to tell Disney that he thought he had made an excellent choice for his director! (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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