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Around The World In 80 Days 1956

4.3 out of 5 stars (95) IMDb 6.8/10

Razzle-dazzle showman Michael Todd hocked everything he had to make this spectacular presentation of Jules Verne's 1872 novel Around the World in 80 Days, the second film to be lensed in the wide-screen Todd-AO production. Nearly as fascinating as the finished product are the many in-production anecdotes concerning Todd's efforts to pull the wool over the eyes of local authorities in order to c...

Starring:
David Niven, Cantinflas
Runtime:
3 hours, 1 minute

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Genres Drama, Action & Adventure
Director Michael Anderson, John Farrow
Starring David Niven, Cantinflas
Supporting actors Finlay Currie, Robert Morley, Ronald Squire, Basil Sydney, Noël Coward, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, Harcourt Williams, Martine Carol, Fernandel, Charles Boyer, Evelyn Keyes, José Greco, Luis Miguel Dominguín, Gilbert Roland, Cesar Romero, Alan Mowbray, Robert Newton
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
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I had original in VCR and changed to DVD.This gives a big improvement in both picture and sound and a far more compact package,plus many special features, which were not on VCR.
I personally rate this version with David Niven etc as far superior to other versions issued later.
I recommend this as an excellent,all round entertaining film, which is suitable for all family viewing.
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Based on the wonderful writing from Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days is just shy of three hours, this was my first ever visit to the film and my reaction is mainly positive, tho tempered with a small sense of unfulfillment.

Phileas Fogg takes a wager from his fellow London club members that he can't circle the globe in 80 days, this it should be noted is 1872 where transport was not of the fast and dynamic variety. Fogg and his trusty servant Passepartout, set off on a journey that brings many adventures, and many humorous scrapes. They meet a wonderful array of characters and travel on many forms of transport, it is in short a magical journey.

The production here from Mike Todd is gargantuan, the sets are incredible, the multiple locations befit the multi cast of actors that grace the film {have fun playing spot the star in this one}. The costumes and the score are spot on, while Lionel Lindon's cinematography rightly won the gold award because it's lush and cloaks the delightful story with a number of treats for the eyes. David Niven is perfect as Fogg, whilst Cantinflas as Passepartout is perfect foil for Fogg's staid stiff upper lippery.

Yet in spite of it's obvious beauty the film is a touch overlong, some scenes are padded far too much when surely a shorter take would of made it's mark more than enough? I was surprised by the ending being so short and sweet, yes, sure it's fitting, but after sitting thru just under 3 hours of film you are not being unreasonable to expect a grand fanfare type of ending. Still, it doesn't take away from this being a good cinematic achievement. As to if it stands up to repeat viewings? I'll have to see on that one..... 7.5/10
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Mike Todd's Around the World in 80 Days has a reputation as (alongside De Mille's the Greatest Show On earth) the most resented or downright disliked Best Picture Oscar winner of the classic era, and a first viewing in its impressively restored Scope version after years of seeing cut fullframe TV prints does tend to magnify its flaws: it feels as if every scene is dragged out beyond its natural life, as if producer Mike Todd and writer S.J. Perelman never heard that brevity is the soul of wit. Much of the film is played out in surprisingly static long takes (as opposed to the kind of invisibly impressive long takes that practically edit the film through movement that original director and co-writer John Farrow could have bought to the film), there's not a huge amount of imagination on display in the script, the locations are rarely used in terribly interesting ways and it really is hard to see quite why it was such an all-encompassing award winner in its day (Avatar may well suffer the same revisionist fate once the novelty of the format has worn away and left only the film itself in its wake).

Yet for all that, it's hard to really dislike it.
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I was a very young boy when my father took me to see it and it has left me an everlasting impression. I've seen this film over and over again during the years, each time with the same pleasure, discovering new facets and details. One has no words to present the great David Niven, unique in his genre and the one and only Phileas Fogg. I possess the three versions of this film. One could say, this one is the original, a trip around the world, oldfashioned and romantic. The one with Pierce Brosnan is more adventurous and a pleasure to watch. Brosnan, as are many English actors, is a gentleman and a very convincing Fogg' I loved his character. The third one with Jackie Chan is completely different, tailored for Jackie Chan and his monkey tours. Different, imaginative and very pleasant. Three films, three epochs, three convincing ways of interpreting Jules Verne history.
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This is a bit dated by now, but still not a bad film to watch. It seems like more of a travelogue than anything else, at this point. Frankly, at three hours and being a mid-50s film, I thought it might be too slow in too many spots but that was not the case. Only the bullfighting scene went on too long. The rest kept my interest.
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Five Oscar winner film from 1956, the only one ever produced by Michael Todd, third husband of Elizabeth Taylor, who died soon afterwrds at 48. Nice box with two DVDs in English and French, with subtitles in Spanish as well. A pleasant panoramic view of the world's cultures, where the real protagonist is Passpartout, while Phileas Fogg embodies English pleghm in front of every and all adversity and unforseen circumstances. Surely some scenes appear rather improbable (in the book and in the film) but we should keep in mind that Verne was writing in the XIX century and the film was made in the 1950s technology, no CGI here! But the movie flows well and leads the viewer by the hand around the world for a lively and at times even sparkling journey.

Of course, it is highly advisable to read the book as well.
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