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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Movie Review Summary

Actors: James Mason, Kirk Douglas, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre

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For its first feature in Cinemascope, Disney Studios chose the Jules Verne classic, with Richard Fleischer (Fantastic Voyage, Tora! Tora! Tora!) directing, and undistinguished writer Earl Felton doing the script. In 1868, a mysterious sea monster, or maybe a narwhal, appears to be ramming and sinking ships all over the Pacific. Professor Pierre Arronax (Lukas) joins a Navy expedition to investigate the matter, with his assistant Conseil (Lorre) and a crack harpoonist named Ned Land (Douglas) along. They discover the "monster" is a marvelous submarine commanded by the brilliant but bitter Captain Nemo. This 1954 movie won Oscars for art direction and effects (the distinctive design of the Nautilus and a decent battle with a giant squid are among the memorable sights), and features uneven acting with a mediocre but earnest script. Mason largely rises to the occasion of embodying the slightly mad Nemo, Douglas is a hunky cartoon, and the others don't get to do much. For music, Douglas sings a silly sea chanty and Mason plays a bit of Bach's familiar Toccata and Fugue on a shipboard pipe organ. The film manages to avoid most of the usual Disney hokiness, save for a rather charming seal named Esmeralda.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Water adventure?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French

Setting

Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   submarining Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   Pacific Island

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Kind of violence:    -   guns    -   ocean ship battles Unusual forms of death    -   drowned    -   perforation--bullets Lot of special effects?    -   Yes If this is a kid's movie...    -   Ages 10-15 Is this movie based on a    -   book

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