Journey to the Center of the Earth

1959

Action / Adventure / Family / Fantasy / Romance / Sci-Fi

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 81%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 68%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 12656

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James Mason as Sir Oliver S. Lindenbrook
Diane Baker as Jenny Lindenbrook
Alan Napier as Dean
Pat Boone as Alexander 'Alec' McKuen
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by johno-21 8 / 10

Fun family fifties fantasy flick

I first saw this on TV as a kid in the early 60's and it became a TV staple being shown on network prime time before it went to the Saturday afternoon or late night route. Even as a kid I found this highly implausible and accepted it as escapist fantasy. It's a fun movie and is truly a classic. Director Henry Levin's most ambitious assignment as a director to go up against popular Disney fantasy films of the time, capture the imagination of Jules Verne and make it palatable enough for an adult audience. The unlikely cast of dramatic veteran James Mason, singer Pat Boone, beautiful Diane Baker, sexy Arlene Dahl and Iceland born jock Peter Ronson come together surprisingly well. Veteran screenwriter Charles Brackett who wrote for the screen such classics as Sunset Boulevard, Ninotchka, The Lost Weekend, Niagra and The Bishops Wife adapts the Jules Verne novel. Nominated for three Academy Awards for Art Direction, Special Effects and Sound. This movie is probably more fun to people like me who grew up with it from the time when it was made but it's still a good movie and I've seen it many times as an adult. It would be nice to see in it's Technicolor big screen splendor. I would give it an 8.0 out of 10.

Reviewed by Lechuguilla 8 / 10

Great Adventure Despite Bloated Script

The great James Mason is superb as a geology professor who heads a party of five (four people and one duck) on a perilous journey into the depths of the earth. While the film's screenplay may have been a true cinematic rendering of the source novel by Jules Verne, I could have wished for a film with more subterranean adventure and less prefatory fluff.

The film's first 45 minute segment sets up the film's premise, but it takes place totally above ground, and could have been condensed to 10 or 15 minutes. There's lots of professorial bantering; a youthful Pat Boone croons his sweetheart; and he and the professor duel against adversaries in an unnecessary subplot.

But once the explorers finally get underground, the viewer is in for an absorbing cinematic experience, despite a bloated script that has the cast chattering incessantly. Cinematography and special effects effectively convey the physical surroundings as a forbidding, downward trending labyrinth characteristic of a giant cave.

The sets are elaborate and imaginative, though the "mushroom forest" is a tad too "magical"; I kept waiting for Dorothy, Toto, and the cowardly lion to drop by and say hello from the set of the Emerald City.

From start to finish the film has good acting, and there's plenty of humor. And the sound effects and grim music are terrific. The organ music, in particular, lends a strikingly Gothic touch to the nether world look of the sunken city.

Despite a too talky script, this 1959 film deserves to be watched multiple times by kids of all ages for its timeless adventure and sense of discovery.

Reviewed by Chris Gaskin 10 / 10

Stunning from the beginning to the end

This is the first and best version of this story. Journey To the Center of the Earth has been made several times since this 1959 release.

A group of four explorers consisting of Professor Lindenbrook, his nephew, a woman and an Iclantic, Hans plus his pet duck Gertrude go on an expedition to the centre of the Earth via an extinct volcano in Iceland.They encounter all sorts of dangers and sights on the way including a large boulder that nearly crushes them, a forest of giant mushrooms, the lost city of Atlantis, an underground ocean and some prehistoric monsters including Dimetrodons and a giant red lizard, which attacks the party as they are making their escape. They get back to the surface in an ancient large dish like object via a volcano! Pat Boone is thrown off course when they reach the surface and ends up in the grounds of a monastery naked and uses a sheep to cover up his private parts! This shocked the nuns of course.

The Dimetrodons are enlarged lizards with fins attached but look good. The music score by Bernard Herrmann is excellent as it is in all his movies i've seen.

The cast is excellent too and includes James Mason (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), Pat Boone (who also sings), Arlene Dahl, Peter Ronson as Hans and Diane Baker.

I have seen this movie several times and is an excellent way to spend a couple of hours one afternoon or evening.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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