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Mysterious Island (1961)


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Mysterious Island (1961)

Overview

Production co: Ameran Films, Columbia Pictures Corporation

101 min (UK)  December 1961 (USA)

Library synopsis: [En] This is the best known, but by no means the best, of the numerous versions of Jeles Verne’s novel L’Ile Mystérieuse. The plot has a group of prisoners, escape from a Confederate prison by balloon, which collapse gently into the sea. They are eventually washed up on the shores of the mysterious island, where they immediately plunge into Ray Harryhausen’s special effects, which are undoubtedly the best thing in the movie. Written by Phil Hardy

Director:

Cult stars: Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill, Herbert Lom

Cult relevance index: 7.7 / 10

Note: Ray Harryhausen has related the story of watching a cut of the film with composer Bernard Herrmann.  |  The armature for the crab is covered with the shell of a real crab instead of the usual latex.  |  The scenes on the island were actually filmed on the coast of Spain.  |  Originally, there was going to be a scene featuring a man-eating plant, but it was never shot.  |  The opening scenes at the Confederate prison camp were shot in England and the exteriors were shot at Shepperton Square.  |  A real Brown crab was disemboweled, dismembered, cleaned and fitted with an internal armature for Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion animation of the giant crab.  |  References King Kong (1933).  |  Version of Tainstvennyy ostrov (1941), based on the same book; Mysterious Island (1951).  |  Follows 20000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) |  Followed by Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969).
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Essential inner links and references

Star Ciné Cosmos [France / A. 2 - Nr. 12 - 10 March 1962] (pn)  |  Dell Movie Classic [USA / 1961 - Nr. 1213] (cm)  | Amarcord [Italy / A. 2 - Nr. 10 - September-October 1997] (mg)  |  La Espada Magica [Spain / 2006](bk)  |  Vampir [West Germany / Nr. 7 - May 1974] (fz)  | 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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CertificationAustralia:PG / Iceland:12 / Netherlands:12 / Argentina:Atp / Finland:K-8 / Sweden:11 / UK:U / USA:Unrated / West Germany:6
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Release dateUSA August 1961 | Denmark 19 December 1961 | USA 20 December 1961 | Argentina 21 December 1961 | West Germany 22 December 1961 | Sweden 26 December 1961 | Finland 5 January 1962 | Italy 23 February 1962 (Palermo) (Imperia, Lux) | Greece 30 September 2005
Also known asMysterious Island UK (original title) | L'île mystérieuse Belgium (poster title) (French title) / France | La isla misteriosa Argentina / Spain | Den hemlighetsfulla ön Sweden | Den hemmelighedsfulde ø Denmark | Die geheimnisvolle Insel West Germany | Esrarengiz ada Turkey (Turkish title) | Het geheimzinnig eiland Belgium (poster title) (Flemish title) | I mystiriodis nisos Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title) | Jules Verne's Mysterious Island UK (complete title) | L'isola misteriosa Italy | Rejtelmes sziget Hungary | Salaperäinen saari Finland
Filming locationsBenidorm, Alicante, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain | Costa Brava, Girona, Cataluña, Spain | Sa Conca Beach, S'Agaró, Castell-Paltja d'Aro, Girona, Cataluña, Spain | Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK (studio)
Box office/businessSpain - Gross: € 73.448,68 (recalculed) | Admissions: 631.209
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Distribution companyColumbia Pictures (1961) (USA) (theatrical) | Columbia Pictures Corporation (1961) (UK) (theatrical) | Ceiad (Italy) | Sony Pictures (France) (theatrical) | Chamartins Producciones y Distribuciones (Spain) (theatrical) | RCA/Columbia Pictures Video Ltd. (1990) (UK) (VHS) | Pioneer Entertainment (1992) (USA) (video) (laserdisc) | Columbia TriStar Home Video (1995) (USA) (video) (laserdisc) | Columbia TriStar Home Video (2002) (UK) (DVD) | Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) (1965) (USA) (TV) (broadcast premiere) | Columbia TriStar Films de Argentina (2003) (Argentina) (all media) (re-release) | Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (2002) (Netherlands) (DVD) | Columbia TriStar Home Video (USA) (VHS) | Emerald (2011) (Argentina) (DVD) | LK-TEL (2003) (Argentina) (DVD) | RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video (USA) (video) (laserdisc) | Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2000) (USA) (DVD) (widescreen) | Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2004) (USA) (DVD)
RuntimeUSA / UK / Italy / Spain: 101 min | France: 97 min
Technical specifications Sound Mix: Mono (Westrex Recording System) | Color: Color (Eastmancolor) | Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1 | Film negative format (mm/video inches): 35 mm | Cinematographic process: Spherical (credited as Superdynamation) | Printed film format: 35 mm

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