Box art for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

  • Rated G

action & adventure, children & family, sci-fi & fantasy

Based on the Jules Verne novel, experience the fantastic exploits of Captain Nemo, a genius turned bitter who wages war from his nuclear -powered submarine against a country he perceives as evil.

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: As fabulous and fantastic as anything he has ever done in cartoons is Walt Disney's 'live action' movie made from Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

- Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Saturday, March 25, 2006


- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Grandly entertaining.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Audience Reviews

5 stars

The ultimate Jules Verne experience. Everything from the film-making to the acting is perfect. It brings the very demented and fantastical elements of Verne's novel into reality. Kirk Douglas and James Mason are a great team and deliver some great dynamics. The story is not a word for word translation, but it captures the tone perfectly and I almost think it is the best it can possibly be on screen.

- ythelastman89, Tuesday, June 1, 2010

4 stars

Disney`s version of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA is rightly remembered for the classic scene featuring the giant squid (which was an inspiration for Michael Crichton Sphere novel) , but it should be remembered for more than that . Captain Nemo is a wonderfully written anti-hero who`s what would be described nowadays as an environmentalist , but don`t dare confuse him with being some sort of yogurt knitting tree hugger because this is a man waging a violent crusade against warmongers and anyone else he sees fit to exterminate . It`s a really intriguing character study and Nemo is played superbly by James Mason . Compare Mason`s performance as Nemo to that of Steven Seagal`s role as ecowarrior Forrest Taft in ON DEADLY GROUND . Done so ? A laughable contrast isn`t it . Kirk Douglas may disappoint as Ned Land but his real function is to act as a physical square jawed hero alongside the academic and somewhat ambigious Professor Arronnax. I also appreciated the fact that Disney resisted the temptation to invent a child character in order to make the film appeal to children more by way of audience identification , nor is there any sort of mawkish sentiment or frivolity that`s spoiled many a Disney film . In fact this is such an exciting thoughtful adventure if it wasn`t for the presence of a seal I wouldn`t have believed it was a Disney film . Did I mention there`s a great battle with a giant squid ?

- matertenebraum, Tuesday, December 29, 2009

4 stars

Great Classic

- ScoopOnline, Tuesday, December 8, 2009