Around the World in 80 Days
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Razzle-dazzle showman Michael Todd hocked everything he had to make this spectacular presentation of Jules Verne's 1872 novel Around the World in 80 Days, the second film to be lensed in the wide-screen Todd-AO production. Nearly as fascinating as the finished product are the many in-production anecdotes concerning Todd's efforts to pull the wool over the eyes of local authorities in order to cadge the film's round-the-world location shots--not to mention the wheeling and dealing to convince over forty top celebrities to appear in cameo roles. David Niven heads the huge cast as… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The wonder is that this Polyphemus of productions does not simply collapse of its own overweight; but, thanks principally to Showman Todd, the picture skips along with an amazing lightness."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Is the whole thing too exhausting? It's a question of how much you can take. We not only took it but found it most amusing."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"It is by far too long and has lost a significant amount of its wonder, but spending a rainy Sunday afternoon with Verne's adventure seeking story is a surprisingly easy, diverting experience."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Quickflix
"Thanks to its grand scale and great central performances by Niven and Cantinflas, the original fantastic voyage still holds up very respectably."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"An amusing trip around the world in a style befitting Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days lives up to its hype as a massive, glossy epic."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"With a smash lineup of stars in major and minor parts, Todd has turned out a surefire hit."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"An interminable travelogue interspersed with sketches in which star-spotting affords some relief."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"An epic very much of its time, this vastly entertaining star-studded travelogue was put together (with some difficulty) by the great showman Michael Todd."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"Just goes to show you what dreck can win the Oscar if you got the money and know how to promote your product."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This is the worst film to win the Best Picture Oscar."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Proof that you can buy an Academy Award."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The movie has not aged well. To its credit, it is benign and charming, with an intoxicating musical score, compelling cinematography and a continually advancing locale."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"Michael Anderson's direction couldn't be more unimaginative and flat. A movie like this should be swimming in creative whimsy, and a sense of wonder. There's nothing of that sort here."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"Everything about this big, beautiful movie smacks of authenticity, excitement, and massive showmanship."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The most magnificent travelogue disguised as adventure spectacle ever made. Or is it the other way around?"
‑ Steve Crum,
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