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Captain Nemo and the Underwater City

Entry updated 8 January 2017. Tagged: Film.

Film (1969). Omnia/MGM. Directed by James Hill. Written by Pip and Jane Baker, R Wright Campbell, based on the character created by Jules Verne. Cast includes Chuck Connors, Nanette Newman, Luciana Paluzzi and Robert Ryan. 106 minutes. Colour.

Towards the end of the nineteenth century a ship sinks in a violent storm. A few survivors find themselves on board a mysterious underwater vessel, the Nautilus, under the command of the legendary Captain Nemo. They are taken to Nemo's underwater city (likably Victorian in design), where his oxygen-creator transmutes rocks into gold as a side-effect (see Transmutation). A morality tale about greed ensues. This UK film is distinctly inferior to Disney's 20,000 Leagues under the Sea (1954). [PN/JB]


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