20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
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This 1954 Disney version of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea represented the studio's costliest and most elaborate American-filmed effort to date. Kirk Douglas plays a trouble-shooting 19th century seaman, trying to discover why so many whaling ships have been disappearing of late. Teaming with scientist Paul Lukas and diver Peter Lorre, Douglas sets sail to investigate--and is promptly captured by the megalomaniac Captain Nemo (James Mason), who skippers a lavish, scientifically advanced submarine. The film's special effects, including a giant squid, were impressive… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Walt Disney's production of 20000 Leagues under the Sea is very special kind of picture, combining photographic ingenuity, imaginative story telling and fiscal daring."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"As fabulous and fantastic as anything he has ever done in cartoons is Walt Disney's 'live action' movie made from Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Bring on the David Fincher-helmed remake."
‑ Rob Humanick, Suite101.com
"A breathtaking piece of entertainment, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is amongst the finest live-action films to come out of Disney Studios."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"This is one of Disney's best, and one of the all-time adventure greats. And that, I swear by my tattoo."
‑ David Cornelius, eFilmCritic.com
"Grandly entertaining."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The talky 20,000 Leagues probably won't thrill kids fresh from The Matrix, but they may be interested to know that the Verne film was the effects marvel of its day."
‑ Glenn Abel, Hollywood Reporter
"A classic action-adventure for older kids."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"Far superior to the majority of genre efforts from the period (or any period, for that matter), with production design and technical effects that have dated hardly at all."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"20,000 Leagues is a sublime story of isolation, of disparate masculine seclusion, akin to those found in such films as Jaws and The Thing."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"This is one of the great movie adventures, fully deserving its canonisation in Disney World."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A good one that could have been better with a little less Kirk Douglas and more scientific things to gawk at in wonder."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"James Mason's portrayal of Captain Nemo is a hard-edged, dramatic performance, with no winking nods or cartoonish layers. You could transport Mason whole into a much darker movie with R-rated violence, and he would fit like a glove."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"One of the best Disney live action films and a classic fantasy-adventure."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"...a vision of beauty and excitement for the eye and ear. It's still fun to watch after all these years."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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