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Near Burma, bandits kidnap the local prince along with Fogg, Passepartout and their new companion, Princess Aouda. In Hong Kong, Fogg and Auoda lose track of Passepartout, but sneaky detective Fix joins them. Japan's next.


Buzz Kulik


John Gay (written for television by), Jules Verne (novel)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... Phileas Fogg
Eric Idle ... Jean Passepartout
Julia Nickson ... Princess Aouda
Peter Ustinov ... Detective Wilbur Fix
Jack Klugman ... Capt. Bunsby
Roddy McDowall ... McBaines
Darren McGavin ... Benjamin Mudge
Robert Morley ... Wentworth
Stephen Nichols ... Jesse James
Lee Remick ... Sarah Bernhardt
Jill St. John ... Woman mistaken for Princess Aouda
Robert Wagner ... Alfred Bennett
Arielle Dombasle ... Lucette
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Italian Chief of Police
Henry Gibson ... Train Conductor


Based on Jules Verne's classic about 19th century aristocrat Phileas Fogg's bet that he can circumnavigate the earth in a mere 80 days - and vows to leave that night, taking only some necessary cash in a carpet bag and his newly-hired manservant. Written by Anonymous

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17 April 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Episode 2
30 May 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Episode 2 felt like 80 days!

It starts off neatly enough. Episode 1 finished in India, as local villagers tried to burn alive a human sacrifice. Passepartout rescues the woman who turns out to be a princess and Fogg feels duty bound to protect her so takes her to Calcutta and then off to Burma.

In Burma they get kidnapped by bandits but the Princess Aouda helps them to be released by pleading with the local prince.

On to Honk Kong and Passepartout gets lost but Wilbur Fix joins Fogg as he has always been on their tail even if he always just misses them. Fix actually gets to like Fogg as they make their way to Japan on a ship.

Well the guest appearances liven things up a bit. John Hillerman was wonderful. Amazing to think a Texan cornered the market in playing an Englishman. Robert Wagner and Jill St John were fun for their brief appearance.

However I found Eric Idle to be incomprehensible at times, some of the foreign characters were just lazy stereotypes. The pace was leaden and India and Burma based scenes looked rather unauthentic. It looked like Thailand, which is where the Indian set scenes were filmed.

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