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Journey to the Center of the Earth
Journey to the Center of the Earth 1959
1959 movie poster
Directed by Henry Levin
Produced by Charles Brackett
Written by screenplay by
Charles Brackett &
Walter Reisch

from the novel by
Jules Verne

Starring Pat Boone
James Mason
Arlene Dahl
Diane Baker
Peter Ronson
Thayer David
Music by Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography Leo Tover
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) December 16, 1959
Running time 132 min
Country USA
Language English
All Movie Guide profile
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Journey to the Center of the Earth is a 1959 adventure film adapted by Charles Brackett from the novel by Jules Verne. It stars Pat Boone, James Mason, Arlene Dahl, Peter Ronson, Diane Baker, Thayer David, and Alan Napier. It was directed by Henry Levin.

This film is also known as Trip to the Center of the Earth.

Overview

An Edinburgh professor is intriqued by a strange rock given to him by one of his pupils. Uncovering its secret leads him and a few other hardy individuals to a dangerous journey that may have no return.

The film is more notable not for what it contains, but for what it contains because of when it was made. When special effects were still largely unheard of in Hollywood, this movie contains such believable scenery, creatures and locations that it would be hard to top it even today.

It was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Effects, Special Effects and Best Sound. It won a second place Golden Laurel award for Top Action Drama in 1960.

Plot

Professor Oliver Lindenbrook (Mason) is given a piece of volcanic rock that is much heavier than it should be. After finding a plumb bob inside and reading its cryptic inscription, he and his admiring student, Alec, discern that a previous explorer had actually found a passage to the center of the Earth and sent the plumb up as a signal. Through various transcripts and notes left by the explorer, the two discern where the entrance to the passage is.

Before they can start their journey, they discover a Professor Goetaborg, whom they asked for some help, has usurped their mission and has made plans to make the discovery before them. Finding him dead before he can start his mission, they find his lodgings filled with everything they need to mount their own expedition. Coerced into taking Goetaborg's recent widow, they start their search and are soon journeying to the heart of the Earth itself. Template:Endspoiler Strange terrain, a deranged rival scientist, breathtaking scenery and dinosaurs embellish the rest of their journey. Even coming upon the sunken city of Atlantis, the group is faced with one ominous question: How will they return to the surface?

Cast

Actor/Actress Role
James Mason Sir Oliver Lindenbrook
Pat Boone Alec McEwen
Arlene Dahl Carla Goetaborg
Peter Ronson Hans Belker
Thayer David Count Saknussem
Robert Adler Groom
Alan Napier Dean
Diane Baker Jenny
Ivan Triesault Professor Goetaborg
Alex Finlayson Professor Boyle

See also

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