20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

1954 G 2h 7m DVD

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

1954 G 2h 7m DVD
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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.
Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre, Robert J. Wilke, Ted de Corsia, Carleton Young, J.M. Kerrigan
Richard Fleischer
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.55:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
age 9+

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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