Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Days

DVD - 2004
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Phileas Fogg travels across two oceans, five seas and through sixteen countries as part of a wager to circumnavigate the world in 80 days. Set in 1872.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2004
Edition: Two-disc special ed
ISBN: 9780790784229
Branch Call Number: DVD ARO
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (182 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Around the world in eighty days


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Aug 19, 2017

I first watched this film when I was a kid. Now this film is definitely dated. It is too long, and can be shortened to enhance the flow of the story. I have to say I like the plot in the book better. Still, it is a reasonably enjoyable film to watch.

Dec 14, 2014

Eccentric London businessman Phileas Fogg wagers a sizable bet with his fellow Reform Club members that he can traverse the entire globe in 80 days, quite a feat for 1872. Accompanied by one small suitcase, a satchel full of cash and his multi-talented manservant Passepartout, Phileas begins a journey that will take him soaring over the Alps in a balloon, trekking through an Asian jungle on the back of an elephant, and traversing the American Wild West by steam locomotive. Along the way he and Passepartout will also manage to rescue a doomed princess and fight savage Indians. But forces are afoot to ensure that Fogg fails in his quest; for the stuffed shirts back at the Reform club are not above a little international sabotage in order to protect their investment while a tenacious private investigator is determined to implicate Phileas in a most ingenious crime. Jules Verne’s fantastical story is reduced here to a series of mildly engaging skits separated by prolonged travelogue footage obviously meant to wow audiences with the film’s then brand new 70mm widescreen format. Of course many of the supposedly exotic locales were actually filmed on American sound stages with painted extras giving them that precious “Hollywood Postcard” appearance, but the cinematography is still lovely to look at and the dozens of surprise celebrity cameos (a term coined by producer Michael Todd) will keep movie buffs on their toes. A big ambitious film filled with colourful flourishes and charming period details which nevertheless fails to rise above light entertainment.

Red_Sox May 07, 2013

One might find this long on the 3 hour time. I for one never looked at the clock once. Some fine actor/Actresses with bit parts like a young Shirley MacLaine as an India princess, Frank Sinatra as a piano player and Sir John Gielgud as a fired butler. Has all the great touches like snow being grabbed over the alps to cool Champaign or great visual costumes of Spain. This movie version everyone should watch at least once. You just can't beat that technicolor in HD some times.

Apr 30, 2013

This is a 1956 adventure film starring David Niven and Cantinflas, directed by Michael Anderson.
The story is based on the novel written by the French writer Jules Verne, first published in 1873.
Around 1872, an English gentleman Phileas Fogg (David Niven) claims he can circumnavigate the world in eighty days.
He makes a £20,000 wager (equal to £1,324,289 today) with several skeptical fellow members of the Reform Club, that he can arrive back within 80 days before exactly 8:45 pm.
Together with his resourceful valet, Passepartout (Cantinflas), Fogg sets out on his journey from Paris via a hot air balloon.
Meanwhile, suspicion grows that Fogg has stolen £55,000 (equal to £3,641,794 today) from the Bank of England so Police Inspector Fix (Robert Newton) is sent out by Scotland Yard to trail and arrest Fogg.
Hopscotching around the globe, Fogg pauses in Spain, where Passepartout engages in a comic bullfight.
In India, Fogg and Passepartout rescue young widow Princess Aouda (Shirley MacLaine) from being forced into a funeral pyre with her late husband.
In Japan, Passepartout visits Kamakura and sees the giant statue of Amida Buddha, which is the real McCoy.
Although it looks alike, Mount Fuji-yama looks somewhat different to the eyes of a Japanese.
Then the threesome visit San Francisco, and the Wild West.
Only hours short of winning his wager, Fogg is arrested upon returning to London, by the diligent yet misguided Inspector Fix.
The film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
It's really funny.
You wouldn't be disappointed.

Oct 13, 2010

Charming adaptation of the Jules Verne novel. My only complaint is that the bullfighting scene is too long.

nadian Jun 17, 2008

Amusing movie, a little long but still interesting.

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