20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 1, 1954
DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: One of Disney's finest live-action adventures, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea brings Jules Verne's classic sci-fi tale to vivid life, and features an awesome giant squid.

Variety Staff

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Rob Humanick

Bring on the David Fincher-helmed remake.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Grandly entertaining.

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Glenn Abel
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

A classic action-adventure for older kids.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

This is one of the great movie adventures, fully deserving its canonisation in Disney World.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A good one that could have been better with a little less Kirk Douglas and more scientific things to gawk at in wonder.

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Probably the best adaptation of Jules Verne's classic undersea tale ever made, with probably the best casting and performance of 'Captain Nemo'… More
Cassandra Maples
Disney`s version of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA is rightly remembered for the classic scene featuring the giant squid (which was an inspiration for Michael… More
Aj V
I love Douglas and I love Lorre, it's always cool to see actors you love, but this movie was also exciting and fun, I really liked it.
Tim Salmons
Excellent effects for its time and a pretty dark tone for the film.
Conner Rainwater
The ultimate Jules Verne experience. Everything from the film-making to the acting is perfect. It brings the very demented and fantastical elements of… More
Wahida K
Great Classic