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      Mysterious Island

      1961 1h 41m Sci-Fi List
      81% Tomatometer 16 Reviews 64% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings After using a hot air balloon to escape from a Confederate prison camp, Capt. Harding (Michael Craig), Cpl. Neb Nugent (Dan Jackson) and Sgt. Pencroft (Percy Herbert) crash into the ocean and are later washed up on the beach of a strange island. The men soon run afoul of the local wildlife, which include giant crabs and prehistoric creatures. To make matters worse, the island's central volcano begins to erupt, threatening to take the whole island down with it. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Chris Hunneysett Daily Mirror (UK) {A} still very watchable film, one of the superior adaptations of Verne's book Rated: 4/5 Aug 30, 2021 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com Director Cy Endfield takes the reigns on this big budget spectacle which tends to suffer from a bout of sequel-itis as regards the bombastic fervor of gigantic, menacing creatures taking precedence over characterization or narrative energy. Rated: 2.5/5 Oct 14, 2020 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins Amusingly, human pirates provide grimmer antagonists than the colossal flora and fauna, though a detracting element of the film is an overabundance of players. Rated: 6/10 Aug 27, 2020 Full Review Nathanael Hood The Retro Set ...a wonderful piece of sci-fi/fantasy with solid acting, a crackerjack script, and otherwise timeless Harryhausen wonder. Rated: 7/10 Dec 28, 2018 Full Review Matt Brunson Creative Loafing Allows Ray Harryhausen to showcase some superb stop-motion animation effects and the great Bernard Herrmann (Citizen Kane, Psycho, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) to add another smashing score to his resume. Rated: 3/4 Jan 9, 2016 Full Review Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy A peppy film, helped along considerably by the inherent eye candy that comes along with setting a film in the Pacific... Harryhausen at his best. Rated: 7/10 Feb 13, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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      j F The special effects were over the top. I just couldn't take the movie seriously, they were so baaaad! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/01/24 Full Review Bill M Love this movie. I liked as a kid. It's nostalgic to me. I like the old shows. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/10/24 Full Review Blobbo X Gilligan's Island with monsters. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/30/23 Full Review Rick R very entertaining. The music was particularly interesting. good story. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/13/23 Full Review dave s After all of the low-budget monster movies released in the 50s, Mysterious Island is actually a pleasant surprise. Based on the Jules Verne novel, it tells the story of a group of Union soldiers who escape via balloon from a Confederate prisoner of war camp in 1865 Virginia. Before you know it, they've drifted across America and a good part of the Pacific before they land on…well…a mysterious island. Alongside a great score by the legendary Bernard Herrmann and fantastic special effects from the equally legendary Ray Harryhausen, our castaways find themselves battling giant crabs, chickens and honey bees in their struggle for survival. Despite the implausibility of the whole thing, a bunch of slow parts, and the presence of an echoey and annoying voiceover, it is surprisingly well-made and entertaining and most certainly superior to other films from the genre during the time period. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Robert H Great clean cut family movie. Music Bernard Hermann, special effects Ray Harryhausen. and story is great. Can't beat it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/09/22 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis After using a hot air balloon to escape from a Confederate prison camp, Capt. Harding (Michael Craig), Cpl. Neb Nugent (Dan Jackson) and Sgt. Pencroft (Percy Herbert) crash into the ocean and are later washed up on the beach of a strange island. The men soon run afoul of the local wildlife, which include giant crabs and prehistoric creatures. To make matters worse, the island's central volcano begins to erupt, threatening to take the whole island down with it.
      Director
      Charles De Latour
      Producer
      Charles H. Schneer
      Production Co
      Columbia
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 16, 2012
      Runtime
      1h 41m
      Sound Mix
      Stereo
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