Around the World in 80 Days (2004, USA/GBR/EIR/GER) C-120m. SCOPE ** D: Frank Coraci. Starring Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Cécile De France, Jim Broadbent, Ian McNeice, Richard Branson, Macy Gray, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maggie Q, Sammo Hung, Rob Schneider, Frank Coraci, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, John Keogh, Mark Addy, John Cleese, Kathy Bates. Engaging remake of the Jules Verne adventure about inventor Phileas Fogg (Coogan) and his agile but bumbling valet Passepartout (Chan), who accept a wager to travel around the world in 80 days (all that at the turn of the century!). Juvenile humor well-balanced by trademark Chan-action. A diverting view. Was a major disappointment at the box-office, though.

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