Academy Awards 1954 -
Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color)
Academy Awards 1954 -
Best Special Effects
Entertainment Weekly - 05/16/2003
"...The Disney studio's first American-made live-action spectacle remains one of its best..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Climb aboard the Nautilus...and into a strange undersea world of spellbinding adventure! Kirk Douglas, Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre star as shipwrecked survivors taken captive by the mysterious Captain Nemo, brilliantly portrayed by James Mason. Wavering between genius and madness, Nemo has launched a deadly crusade across the seven seas. But can the captive crew expose his evil plan before he destroys the world? Disney's brilliant Academy Award-winning adaptation of Jules Verne's gripping tale makes 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea a truly mesmerizing masterpiece!
Walt Disney's fun, live-action adaptation of Jules Verne's classic science-fiction story features some of the best special effects produced in the 1950s. Captain Nemo, the commander of a futuristic submarine called the Nautilus, rescues the survivors of a shipwreck and takes them on an incredible journey far below the ocean's surface. They encounter numerous wonders of the sea, including an enormous squid which attacks the ship in the film's most unforgettable sequence. Academy Awards: Best Special Effects, Best Art/Set Direction.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
Climb aboard the Nautilus ... and into a strange undersea world of spellbinding adventure! Kirk Douglas, Paul Lukas, and Peter Lorre star as shipwrecked survivors taken captive by the mysterious Captain Nemo, brilliantly portrayed by James Mason. Wavering between genius and madness, Nemo has launched a deadly crusade across the seven seas. But can the captive crew expose his evil plan before he destroys the world' Disney's brilliant Academy Award(R)-winning (1955, Best Art Direction and Best Special Effects) adaptation of Jules Verne's gripping tale makes 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA a truly mesmerizing masterpiece!
Essential Cinema |
High Seas |
Theatrical Release |
The film is 127 minutes, the supplemental material 69 minutes.
Color by Technicolor; shot in CinemaScope.
Additional credits: Joseph S. Dubin (orchestrations), Ralph Hammeras (special effects photography), Til Gabbani (underwater photography), Lou Hippe (makeup/hairstylist), Norman Martien (costumer), James Havens (2nd unit director), Tom Connors Jr. & Russ Haverick (assistant directors).
A fine Disney production
Movie Lover: Hanley Harding from
Sunny Isles Beach, FL US -- November, 5, 2005
Although this movie gets hokey at times, thanks to Kirk Douglas' somewhat buffoonish portrayal of captured whaling harpoonist Ned Land and James Mason's somewhat stiltily-portrayed Captain Nemo, it is, none-the-less a powerful depiction of one brilliant man's violent revenge against the hated governments which have murdered his family in their brutal attempts to steal the secret of nuclear-electric energy from Nemo. Nemo -- along with his hand-picked and loyal-unto-death crew of political fugitives from all nations -- have used Nemo's brilliant ideas to create the magnificent and much-feared submarine Nautilus, with which they constantly roam the seas, sinking all warships by ripping through their wooden hulls at ferocious speed with the powerful iron-hulled Nautilus. But Ned Land only dreams of his eventual freedom, and does everything he can to escape. This is high adventure for the whole family.