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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Rating:G
Genre:Classic
Release Date:January 1, 1954
Running time:127 minutes
Cast:Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, James Mason, Paul Lukas
Director:Richard Fleischer
Producer:Walt Disney
Writer:Jules Verne/ Earl Felton
Distributor:Disney

Description: 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 enough in 1954 to win an Academy Award.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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