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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disneys' Underwater Epic
Even 50 years after it was released, Disneys' 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is still the best screenplay based on the Jules Verne novel.
The story is well known:- A sea monster attacking shipping in the 1860s is hunted by a U.S. warship and is revealed as being an advanced submarine boat. Three survivors from an attack on the warship, a French professor (Paul Lukas),...
Published on 21 April 2004 by David Hobson

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3.0 out of 5 stars however the film dosent strike a gold star but its not a bad buy
a nautical adventure involving some meglamaniactic character on some sort of global campaign of domination or destruction.ie captain nemo.
despite some cheesy effects the film is enjoyable to watch. it has topical undertones such as the joys of living with nature rather than evil nature disrespecting mankind.
however the film...
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Disney Classic!, 21 Nov 2000
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James Mason is fabulous as Captain Nemo and really steals the movie from it's intended star Kirk Douglas. Made in lush technicolor,it really is worth watching and some scenes are brilliant such as James Mason being attacked by a giant octopus!!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pleased, 4 Feb 2010
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Mr. I. Pickup (portsmouth uk) - See all my reviews
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I had known this item from a long time ago so i knew what to expect and i was not disappoionted
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2.0 out of 5 stars Slow paced and disappointing, 17 Oct 2012
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As a 64-year-old, I love films from the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s, and always view them having regard to when they were made. I was looking forward to watching this one, remembering the giant squid scenes from TV viewings many years ago. However, I'm sorry to say that the film now strikes me as very tame fare.

It's Disney at its worst and is quite boring at times. I couldn't even be bothered to watch it to the end and it's now destined for a charity bag - unusual for me, as I am a self-confessed hoarder ! Good luck to those who enjoy it for nostalgic reasons.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good film, 25 Dec 2009
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R. Kramp (Parow East South Africa) - See all my reviews
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I reckon this film gives a fairly good depiction of the Jules Verne novel. Older films often do.
Jules Verne gave good descriptions of undersea life, which is like another world. That was even before it was began to be explored. The film also does somewhat. Perhaps one can also get some good ideas for nice seafood recipes.
There are people similar, or were similar, to Nemo in real life, with a dislike of humanity. And, sometimes escaping from humanity. Nemo in Latin means Nobody. He probably, at least in this film, also considered himself a nobody - having low self-esteem. Thus, contributing towards it. Nemo also didn't want humanity using the Nautilus technology for destructive purposes, but he was. There probably is technology held back from humanity, which humanity would abuse. The Nautilus, in any case, would be a good pleasure submarine - even today. It could just get upgraded. I was wondering if that metal rowing boat would work. The end of the film has a good saying, and is still relevant.
I reckon that Kirk Douglas was a good actor. I knew someone who didn't like him, due to the big dimple on his chin.
The Whale of a Tale is a good song.
There should be an extended version of this film. That's the modern trend of improving them. This time having a section on Atlantis. (Atlantis is said to have been a continent, with a civilisation more advanced than currently. It turned bad, decadent, corrupt, evil, and so on. It thus submerged.) They don't show any faces, and have same sounding voices. It could e.g. just be looking out the window, as in an animated version. I think it was an important part of the book left out. All other film versions tend to have it.
I like to sometimes watch films with German, or Dutch in this case, subtitles. Can pick up some of the language. Another good advantage, is usually giving amounts in Metric - the system I'm familiar with. Pity that films don't have optinal Metric subtitles.
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0 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poor, poor, poor,, 16 Dec 2011
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After reading & enjoying the book I thought I would check out the film to see how they had portrayed all the many great parts - they weren't here!!!! - its so sad to think anyone who hasnt read the book will assume this is all there is to the story & not bother - I waited for all the many good parts of the story they could have included...until the credits rolled. There's no clapping seal in the book even the one major part they included they didnt do right!! the islanders trying to attack the boat was far from the superb way it was portrayed in the book..And the sweet boy servant played by that short man actor resembles something out of frankenstein, this should have been a classy epic of a film, those who agree with me are probably too disappointed/gobsmacked to bother a review...if you like this claptrap goodluck with it
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