20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Kirk Douglas stars as Ned Land and James Mason as Captain Nemo in this Walt Disney live-action adaptation of the classic Jules Verne underwater adventure. Sent to investigate a rash of shipwrecks, Ned encounters the nefarious Nemo's submarine. An ambitious production at the time, the film nabbed two Academy Awards, for special effects and art direction. Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre and a frightening giant squid co-star in Richard Fleischer's epic.
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- Richard Fleischer
- This movie is
- 1955 Academy Award®
- Best Visual Effects
- Best Art Direction Color
- Best Film Editing nominee
GGeneral audiences. All ages admitted.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.55:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentaries; animated short.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is Disney's version of the classic 19th century Jules Verne novel of the same name. Some old stereotypes come through in scenes where island natives are portrayed as primitive and brutal. There are no female characters with speaking roles in this film, either. Lots of punching among sailors, and some perilous scenes with a giant squid might frighten younger viewers.
- Sexual Content
- As we see in the first scene, when two dolled up gals are hanging on his arms, Mr. Land is good with the ladies. He sings songs about women whom he wants to kiss. He talks about "native" women on an island who are longing for his touch.
- Fisticuffs are pretty common among these sailors. Some fighting gets pretty extreme, though there is no blood. Cannon fire and ship collisions sinks ships. "Cannibals" are electrocuted and ridiculed while they dance in agony.
- "Hell" is as strong as it gets.
- Social Behavior
- Some mixed messages about justice and the value of human life. Captain Nemo wants to destroy slave ships because he was once a slave, but he kills everyone on board as a consequence. He is viewed as a madman, but his evil genius is also admired. Electrocution of natives is played for comic effect.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Men smoke cigars in many scenes. Mr. Land says that in a case of bad luck, there is "nothing to do ... but get drunk." This he does, with the resident seal as his drinking buddy. He then is very moody and throws a glass against the wall.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it