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Journey to the Center of the Earth
A fun adaptation of Jules Vern's classic story. An expedition headed by Mason goes deep into the Earth to find it's secrets. Although campy with cheesy special effects, and told too slowly, it's still entertaining and enjoyable. A fun sci-fi adventure. I give it a 3.5/5.
One of my FAVORITES!
I was 8 or 9 when I first saw this movie and remember being so afraid of the giant lizard. I was amazed by the special effects (at that time)! It is one movie that I can watch and watch and watch again and never get tired of seeing. Not many movies that I can say that about. The only thing I don't like about it is the sad demise of Gertrude.
Benny Makes the Movie!
- Bill Sisson
Sure it's silly and old fashioned, but it certainly grabbed my attention (along with Mysterious Island and Jason & the Argonauts) when I was a kid. The true star is the score by Bernard Herrmann, with an orchestration only he could have imagined--several pipe organs, at least eight harps, and probably every professional French horn player available in either London or Hollywood, wherever the music was recorded.
Can't Understand Pat Boone In This Pic,But He's OK
- Pat Buffoon
Loved James Mason's work.Good film,such mushrooms,one makes you larger.
I can't believe that this film is so cheesy! The sets are cheap, the dialogue is astoundingly bad, the plot is plodding and there isn't one thing to like about it. It may have Mason but the rest are B-list actors without a shred of credibility between them. It's hard to imagine James Mason, of all people, took this role. He must have needed the money! This film was released the same year as "Ben Hur" and the contrast in special effects is so marked that you will fall down laughing at how bad this film really is! Jules Verne must have been spinning in his grave when it was released!
IT SAVED FOX
- Michael Steven
Pat Boone once said that this film saved 20th Century Fox.LET'S SEE.....the film was released on Dec.16,1959,made $5 MILLION for the studio,had a good cast,fun & exciting to watch.I'd say it was a good movie. The film is of course based on the classic Jules Verne novel.I finally got around to reading it in 1992,with visions of this film rolling around.A good portion of the film was shot at Carlsbad Caverns,to simulate the interior of the earth,& you know something,it really works.The film,believe it or not,was nominated for 3 Academy Awards.Didn't win any,BUT SO WHAT! James Mason,Pat Boone,Arlene Dahl,Peter Ronson,Gertrude,& Thayer David,make a journey like this a shared experience to be enjoyed by one & all. This was the first time this story was adapted for film.It went on to be filmed 3 additional times,was made into a Saturday morning cartoon,was made into a mini-series,Rick Wakeman,the keyboardist from YES-made a musical on this subject & was a BIG hit on both sides of the Atlantic.He also made a follow up entitled "RETURN TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH."Which was nothing more than another retelling of the story.LASTLY..........the mountain in which the explorers used to enter the interior of the earth,SNEFFELS JOKULL in Iceland.It's real & it does exist & it's NOT some dinky little mountain,either.Sure,the movie doesn't go completely by the book but it doesn't have to.
- Bob Galvin-Oliphant
An entertaining adaptation of the Jules Verne fantasy adventure classic. The great James Mason leads a good cast including Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl, Diane Baker, Peter Ronson and Thayer David. Rather silly fun with giant mushrooms, dinosaurs, molten lava, etc. This movie isn't quite worthy of the talents of James Mason, but he was rarely given a really good part.