20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
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The cast is solid: Patrick Dempsey makes a wholesome, handsome Pierre Arronax, Bryan Brown as the driven sailor Ned Land, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is excellent as Cabe Attucks (nice to see this fine actor in a role far different than the one he played on the TV series 'Oz'), John Bach is the arrogant father Thierry Arronax, and Mia Sara serves up the beefed up role of Mara nicely. But the submarine mysterious ship Nautilus surfaces or sinks at the hands of Captain Nemo and while Michael Caine isn't the embodiment of evil we so often see, he finds the soul of the driven scientist whose goal is to protect the 'surface' he has forsaken to scuttle the seas in search of ways to stop future earthquakes topside.
Originally made as a mini-series for television in 1997, the movie for sails along, holding our attention and fascination for the full three hours, not only because we care about the characters, but also because we are treated to some spectacular underwater sequences and a Nautilus that is as elegant a vessel as Verne described. And yes, Captain Nemo still plays the pipe organ as part of the musical score.Read more ›
I don't understand all the negative reviews. I'm probably going to get attacked for this, but I actually like this better than the Disney movie, which I watched again not long after this aired. The Disney movie feels to me like a travelogue and has minimal story. This version has a better story and a more climactic ending. There's more happening. It's darker, edgier. There's more character development, and a couple new characters (Nemo's daughter, played by Mia Sara), which may make some people mad but I thought it added to the story. One of the criticisms I've heard people make of Jules Verne is that he wasn't very good at writing women. All the same themes and ideas are here, some of them are just presented in a different way. The special effects aren't as good as I remembered, they look kind of cheap, but halfway through the movie you stop noticing because you're drawn into the story.
Anyway, give it a chance. You may be pleasantly surprised.
The main fans of this video in my household are my son (age 7) and my daughter (age 4).
Based on their enthusasim for this video, I will be ordering a copy from amozon.com!
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I grew up on James Mason's portrayal of Captain Nemo in the Disney version. I never thought it would ever be bested and for many it never will. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Dellman
Best movie adaptation I've seen of the original Jules Verne novel.Published 5 months ago by J. Sasser
All the versions are great,,,, but mr. Caine says it all being in the film . The adventure is fantastic.Published 7 months ago by Paul burns
I loved this movie and would recommend it to everyone. It became one of
my favorite movies of all time. The musical scene where fun. The songs
where were very catchy. Read more
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