20000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954, USA) C-127m. SCOPE *** D: Richard Fleischer. Starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre, Robert J. Wilke, Charles Grodin. Classic adventure based on the story by Jules Verne. Professor Lukas and his assistant Lorre travel the seas in search of mysterious sea monster that sinks entire ships. Then it turns out that it's actually a submarine navigated by eccentric Captain Nemo (Mason), who is at odds with civilization. When they board his submarine along with sailor Douglas, they are in for the ride of their lives. Rollicking entertainment, produced on a grand scale by Walt Disney. This was the studio's first feature in CinemaScope. Screenplay by Earl Felton. Oscar winner for Best Art Direction and Best Effects. Grodin's first film. Filmed before twice and several times since.

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