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Mysterious Island (1961)
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Mysterious Island (1961) During the US Civil War, Union POWs escape in a balloon and end up stranded on a South Pacific island, inhabited by giant plants and animals. They must use their ingenuity to survive the dangers, and to devise a way to return home. Sequel to '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' .

Movie Tagline:
adventure! mystery! excitement!

Title: Mysterious Island
Release Date: August , 1961
Runtime: 101 mins
Genre: Adventure
All Genres: Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Languages: English
Country: UK, USA
Colors: Color
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Buried.com Rating: 7.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With M

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Cy Endfield

Michael Craig ...Capt. Cyrus Harding
Joan Greenwood ...Lady Mary Fairchild
Michael Callan ...Herbert Brown
Gary Merrill ...Gideon Spilitt
Herbert Lom ...Captain Nemo
Beth Rogan ...Elena Fairchild
Percy Herbert ...Sgt. Pencroft
Dan Jackson ...Cpl. Neb Nugent
Harry Monty ...

Charles H. Schneer

John Prebble
Daniel B. Ullman
Crane Wilbur
Jules Verne

Bernard Herrmann

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Toccata and Fugue"

More Movie Taglines:
  • adventure! mystery! excitement!
  • A world beyond imagination! Adventure beyond belief!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Neb Nugent: Captain... what language is this? Captain Cyrus Harding: It's Latin. "Mihi libertas necessest." Lady Mary Fairchild: "I must have liberty."
  • [after the men finish eating the giant crab] Gideon Spilitt: That's the best crab I ever cooked. Captain Cyrus Harding: We'd be more impressed, Mr. Spilitt, if you'd put it in the pot by yourself.
  • [finding an unconscious Elena on the shore] Herbert Brown: She's beautiful. Captain Cyrus Harding: Better than that, she's alive.
  • Herbert Brown: I ran away from a battle. I've been running ever since. I got caught running away. Sgt. Pencroft: Son, your whole Union Army's been running from mine for the last three years. Now we're running away from you. You needn't feel special about it.
  • Gideon Spilitt: Captain, why don't we turn this island into a democracy and elect a leader? One who won't keep escaping to places which need escaping from. Captain Cyrus Harding: Because all of us here are still at war, and I just happen to be the ranking officer.
Movie Trivia:
  • Producer Charles H. Schneer claimed that he chose this story after reading an article stating that Jules Verne's "Mysterious Island" was the most-looked-at book at public libraries.
  • 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. Additional live crabs were used for some of the "facial" close-ups, then later cooked for a crew dinner.
  • The opening scenes at the Confederate prison camp were shot in England and the exteriors were shot at Shepperton Square.
  • Originally, there was going to be a scene featuring a man-eating plant, but it was never shot.
  • The scene with the giant bird was from the original draft of the script, which was to have had prehistoric monsters rather than giant oysters and crabs.
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