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Mysterious Island(1961)

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  • Play It Again Sam !

    • Liaus Horatius
    • 7/30/12

    I LUV this version of" Mysterious Island" ! It's the BEST!!!But I missed most of this showing and especially the BIG CHICKEN!Ple-EESE!!! Show it again.....

  • THE SEQUEL TO 20,000 LEAGUES

    • Michael Steven
    • 7/29/12

    This film is based on the 1874 Jules Verne novel.In truth,it is considered a CROSSOVER SEQUEL to 20,000 Leagues & In Search of the Castaways.The first full length version of this tale,was made in 1929 at MGM.It starred Lionel Barrymore.It's always been my belief that the 1961 version of Mysterious Island,was compatable with the 1954 Walt Disney version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.Both films are outstanding!Ray Harryhausen & Charles Schneer both agreed that Jason & the Argonauts,was their favorite production.YET....for some reason,Mysterious Island seems to hit a positive nerve for most Harryhausen fans.Myself included.The animation is AWESOME!!Todays CGI,can't hold a candle to this film.Bernard Herrman's score is an asset to this film,as it was in 20th Century-Fox's Journey to the Center of the Earth.The animation is sparse,& I think that's what makes this production special.The actors make the rest of the story,BELIEVEABLE!In the original story,it was about survival on an uncharted island,with a LITTLE help from Captain Nemo.Herbert Lom's portrayal of Captain Nemo is my favorite scene in the movie.A little grim,& dissapointed in his fellow man's inability to accept positive change for ALL mankind.In the novel,Nemo is VERY old,& near death.He gives his treasure to the castaways,& asks for mercy,for all the men he killed.The Nautilus is scuttled,& becomes Nemo's tomb.In this film,The Nautilus is destroyed,along with Nemo.It stays fairly close to the novel.Take a look at this when you can.If you're a Jules Verne fan as I am,you won't be dissapointed.

  • Good movie, great film score

    • Rich
    • 7/26/12

    I first viewed Mysterious Island in a real theater, not a multi-plex. Nothing like a really big screen for movie presentations. While I enjoyed the film right from the opening credits, I was even more impressed with Bernard Herrmann's score. I much later purchased a CD of this Herrman composition (others by him, too).I give it 4 stars for story, special effects, and acting. Five stars for film score.If you view the coming TCM presentation, turn up the sound and appreciate the music as well as the film.

  • Exotic, imaginative and thought provoking.

    • Nick Cannella
    • 1/27/07

    Exemplary sci-fi of this era - Jules Verne classic.Got to see this one(Jan.29th)-on big screen.

  • Movie Magic

    • Bob Galvin-Oliphant
    • 7/8/06

    When I saw this movie on a big theatre screen 45 years ago as a boy, it was pure magic, and fueled my love of islands and adventure. For 1961, the special effects are good. An entertaining fantasy escape film, for children and the young at heart.

  • Big Giant Bugs

    • Ryan
    • 7/8/06

    This film, while the filmaking is good, and the color and picture are good, is the most outrageous and played up film ever! I don't care who the writer is, this is NOT a good film, shame on TCM for playing it! It looks like a godzilla re-make with a rooster.

  • Finest Jules Verne adaptaion, ever!

    • Bruce
    • 4/6/06

    Ray Harryhausen's finest film.Bernard Herrmann's greatest adventure score.Fine acting, direction and script.Superior to most others in this genre.

  • Fun Adventure

    • Bob Galvin-Oliphant
    • 2/21/06

    This is a fun adventure movie from Cy Endfield, who also directed "Sands of the Kalahari" and "Universal Soldier". Exciting opening scene of escape.

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