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Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

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An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.

Director:

Henry Levin

Writers:

Walter Reisch (screenplay), Charles Brackett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pat Boone ... Alec McEwan
James Mason ... Sir Oliver S. Lindenbrook
Arlene Dahl ... Carla Göteborg
Diane Baker ... Jenny Lindenbrook
Thayer David ... Count Saknussemm
Peter Ronson ... Hans Belker
Robert Adler ... Groom
Alan Napier ... Dean
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Storyline

Prof. Lindenbrook leads his intrepid party on an expedition to the center of the earth, via a volcano in Iceland, encountering all manner of prehistoric monsters and life-threatening hazards on the way. Written by Mark Hockley <markh@centurione.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A fabulous world below the world See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swedish | French | Italian | Russian

Release Date:

December 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,440,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,000,000
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)| Dolby SR (re-issue)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The framed picture of a ship on the wall of Carla's equipment room is the "Sovereign of the Seas',a large British warship built in 1637. See more »

Goofs

When Goetabaug gets in the carriage and leaves the volcano, tracks from the wheels are visible. The tracks end, as if the carriage had backed into its position. See more »

Quotes

Sir Oliver Lindenbrook: [after finding crumbling loaves of ancient bread] Stale bread. We must speak to the baker.
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Alternate Versions

There's a 35 mm copy on the "Filmoteca Española" in Madrid, Spain with some differences:
  • The song "My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose" is cut. Even the dialogues before the song stars: "You know how I've felt since that day you entered the classroom and brought your uncle the galoshes he forgot. You looked like spring itself." The funny thing is that they kept a few shots o Pat Boone singing, but you can only hear the piano, there's no sound coming of his mouth.
  • There's an alternate ending. Alec and the rest of the students sings the "Gaudeamus Igitur" song and there's and additional shot. The camera starts from Lindenbrook and Carla Göteborg and it opens to Alec and the rest of the students singing.
  • All the end credits are in orange color, not white.
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Connections

Edited into Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

The Professor of Geology's Song
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Stunning from the beginning to the end
20 January 2001 | by Tobbe-16See all my reviews

This movie is one of the best examples I can think of for how one can stun the audience just by making the right use of the essence of cinema: pictures. They vary between being threatening, funny, amazing, beautiful and bizarre but all are highly imaginative. In fact, this movie is one of the most imaginative ever made, imagination being a quality that has disappeared almost completely from Hollywood over the last 40 years. It drags you into the world of its superb settings just the way for example "King Kong" did in 1933. This is just the kind of movie cinema was meant for, up from the days of its beginning (see for example "Le Voyage Dans La Lune" by Georges Méliès, 1902). "Journey To The Center Of The Earth" is pure cinema at its best.


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