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20000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)


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20000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Overview

Production co: Walt Disney Productions

127 min (USA) 23 December 1954 (USA)

Library synopsis: [En] This is one of Disney’s best action films. James Mason gives a wonderfully measured performance as the cultured yet fanatical Nemo who uses his ’submersible’, the Nautilus, to sink the warships of all nations in a frenzied attempt to end warfare on Earth, giving the film a topical edge which climazes in the mushroom cloud that hangs over Nemo’s island base when it is deastroyed in the finale.  Written by Phil Hardy

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Cult stars: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre

Cult relevance index: 7.6 / 10

Note: Academy Awards, , 1955, Won, Oscar, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color, John Meehan, Emile Kuri; Best Effects, Special Effects (Walt Disney Studios). Nominated, Oscar, Best Film Editing, Elmo Williams. | Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, , 2004, Nominated, Saturn Award, Best DVD Classic Film Release.  |  National Board of Review, , 1954, Won, NBR Award, Top Ten Films.  |  Walt Disney briefly considered actor Ralph Richardson for the role of Captain Nemo.  |  This was the first new full-length Disney film released by Buena Vista, Disney’s new in-house distributor.  |  Until the late 1960s, many of the sets representing the interior of the Nautilus were used as an attraction at Disneyland.  |  Gregory Peck auditioned for the role of Captain Nemo.  |  Average Shot Length (ASL) = 9 seconds.  |  Peter Lorre claimed that the giant squid got the role that was usually reserved for him.  |  Version of 20000 lieues sous les mers (1907) (Short), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916), The Mysterious Island (1929), Mysterious Island (1961)20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1973).  |  Followed by, Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969).

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Essential inner links and references

Dell Movie Classic [USA / 1956 - Nr. 614] (cm)  | Amarcord [Italy / A. 2 - Nr. 5 - November-December 1996] (mg)  |  Amarcord [Italy / A. 2 - Nr. 6 - January-February 1997] (mg)  |  The Aurum Film Encyclopedia – Science Fiction [UK / 1995] (bk)  |  Mad Doctors, Monsters and Mummies [UK / 1991] (bk)  |  L’Ecran Fantastique [France / Nr. 12 - 1980] (mg)  |  L’Ecran Fantastique [France / Nr. 4 - 1978] (mg)  |  L’Ecran Fantastique [France / Nr. 5 - 1978] (mg)  |  L’Ecran Fantastique [France / Nr. 7 - 1978] (mg)  |  L’Ecran Fantastique [France / Nr. 8 - 1979] (mg)  | L ’Ecran Fantastique [France / Nr. 9 - 1979] (mg)  |  Monster Memories [USA / Nr. 1 - January 1993] (mg)  |  Mad Movies [France / Nr. 12 - March 1976] (fz)

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Release dateUSA 23 December 1954 | Brazil 27 December 1954 | Argentina 6 January 1955 | Italy 12 September 1955 | Sweden 16 September 1955 | France 1 July 1955 (Paris) | Denmark 1 October 1955 | Norway 6 October 1955 | Belgium 7 October 1955 | France 7 October 1955 | Finland 21 October 1955 | Hong Kong 24 November 1955 | Japan 18 December 1955 | Australia 22 December 1955 | West Germany 20 January 1956 | Austria 27 January 1956 | Turkey October 1956 | USA 1963 (re-release) | East Germany 7 January 1966 | USA 1971 (re-release) | Japan 3 November 1973 (re-release) | France 20 October 1976 (re-release) | Finland 22 October 1976 (re-release) | Australia 21 August 1981 (re-release)
Also known as20000 Leagues Under the Sea USA (original title) | 20.000 leguas de viaje submarino Argentina / Peru / Spain | 20.000 Meilen unter dem Meer Austria / West Germany | 20.000 lieues sous les mers Belgium (French title) / France | En världsomsegling under havet Finland (Swedish title) / Sweden | Jules Verne's 20000 Leagues Under the Sea UK (complete title) / USA (complete title) | 20 000 mil podmorskiej zeglugi Poland | 20 hiliades levges ypo tin thalassan Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title) | 20,000 Milja pod morem Yugoslavia (informal literal title) (Serbian title) | 20.000 Léguas Submarinas Brazil | 20.000 levges kato apo ti thalassa Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title) | 20.000 llegües de viatge submarí Spain (Catalan title) | 20.000 mijlen onder de zee Belgium (Flemish title) | 20000 Meilen unter dem Meer West Germany | 20000 leghe sotto i mari Italy | Denizler altinda 20.000 fersah Turkey (Turkish title) | En verdensomseiling under havet Norway | En verdensomsejling under havet Denmark | Némó kapitány Hungary | Sukelluslaivalla maapallon ympäri Finland | Twintigduizend mijlen onder de zee Belgium (Flemish title) | Vingt mille lieues sous la mer France | Vingt-mille lieues sous les mers Belgium (French title) | Vinte Mil Léguas Submarinas Portugal | Walt Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea USA (poster title)
Filming locations20th Century Fox Studios - 10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA (backlot studio water tank) | Corona, California, USA | Jamaica | Lyford Cay, New Providence Island, Bahamas | Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas | New Providence Island, Bahamas | Red Rock Canyon State Park - Highway 14, Cantil, California, USA | South Ocean, New Providence Island, Bahamas (underwater scenes) | Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA (studio) | Walt Disney Studios, Burbank, California, USA
Box office/businessSpain - Gross: € 170.080,27 (recalculed) | Admissions: 1.663.371 || Budget: $5,000,000 (estimated) | Rentals: $11,000,000 (USA), $8,000,000 (USA) (initial release) | Filming Dates: 11 January 1954 - 19 June 1954 | Copyright Holder: Copyright MCMLIV Walt Disney Productions. All Rights Reserved
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Distribution companyBuena Vista Film Distribution Company (1954) (USA) (theatrical) (as Buena Vista Film Distribution Co. Inc.) | Dear (Italy) (theatrical) | Suomi-Filmi (1955) (Finland) (theatrical)| Buena Vista Film Distribution Company (1963) (USA) (theatrical) (re-release) | Buena Vista Pictures (1955) (France) (theatrical) | Daiei Motion Picture Company (1955) (Japan) (theatrical) | Kinosto (1976) (Finland) (theatrical) | Abril Vídeo (Brazil) (VHS) | Arcade Movie Company (2000) (Netherlands) (VHS) | Buena Vista Home Entertainment (BVHE) (2003) (USA) (DVD) | Buena Vista Home Entertainment (2003) (Canada) (DVD) | Buena Vista Home Entertainment (2004) (Netherlands) (DVD) | National Broadcasting Company (NBC) (1976) (USA) (TV) (broadcast premiere) TV3 (1991) (Finland) (TV) | Walt Disney Home Video (1993) (USA) (video) (laserdisc) | Walt Disney Home Video (1997) (USA) (VHS) (pan/scan)
RuntimeUA: 127 min | Spain: 122 min | France: 124 min
Technical specificationsSound Mix: 4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) | Color: Color (Technicolor) | Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1 | Laboratory: Technicolor | Film negative format (mm/video inches): 35 mm (anamorphic) | Cinematographic process: CinemaScope (uncredited) | Printed film format: 35 mm ("flat" version), 35 mm (anamorphic version)

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