Mysterious Island
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Filmed at least nine times over the last nine decades, Jules Verne's Mysterious Island received its most popular picturization in the hands of producer Charles Schneer, director Cy Endfield and special-effects maestro Ray Harryhausen. During the Civil War, several P.O.W.s led by Gary Merrill escape from a southern stockade in a huge observation balloon. Buffeted about by a violent storm, the balloon lands on an unchartered island somewhere near New Zealand. The fugitives soon discover that this is no ordinary desert isle, especially after being attacked by a giant-sized crab. Joined by a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A peppy film, helped along considerably by the inherent eye candy that comes along with setting a film in the Pacific... Harryhausen at his best."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Still fun, but dated special effects."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Watchable only because of the terrific stop-motion animation of Ray Harryhausen."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Harryhausen's special effects plus a Hermmann score, unbeatable."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Joan Greenwood's regally unflappable Lady Mary Fairchild proves again ... that her voice distills Victoria's Empire to the creamy consistency of warm butterscotch pudding."
‑ Mark Bourne,
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