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Atlantis: The Lost Continent (1961)

Approved | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | 3 May 1961 (USA)
A Greek Fisherman brings an Atlantean Princess back to her homeland which is the mythical city of Atlantis. He is enslaved for his trouble. The King is being manipulated by an evil sorcerer... See full summary »

Director:

George Pal

Writers:

Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay), Gerald Hargreaves (play) (as Sir Gerald Hargreaves)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sal Ponti ... Demetrios (as Anthony Hall)
Joyce Taylor ... Princess Antillia
John Dall ... Zaren
William Smith ... Captain of the Guard (as Bill Smith)
Edward Platt ... Azor the High Priest
Frank DeKova ... Sonoy the Astrologer (as Frank De Kova)
Berry Kroeger ... Surgeon
Edgar Stehli ... King Kronas
Wolfe Barzell ... Petros, Demetrios' Father
Jay Novello ... Xandros the Greek Slave
Paul Frees ... Narrator / multiple voices (voice)
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Storyline

A Greek Fisherman brings an Atlantean Princess back to her homeland which is the mythical city of Atlantis. He is enslaved for his trouble. The King is being manipulated by an evil sorcerer who is bent on using a natural resource of Atlantis to take over the world. The Atlanteans, or rather the slaves of Atlantis, are forced to mine a crystalline material which absorbs the suns rays. These crystals can then be used for warmth. The misuse of science has created weapons out of the crystals that can fire a heat ray to destroy whatever it touches. Written by <harold.lind@airtouch.com>

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SIGHTS NEVER BEFORE SEEN - Adventure never before experienced!

Genres:

Adventure | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Trivia

George Pal was unhappy with the script but was forced to begin production before it had been polished due to an impending writers' strike. The strike occurred during production, which stopped any rewrites. See more »

Goofs

When the crystal's beam hits most objects there is an explosion and the object is obliterated. When the beam hits Zarin he is merely vaporized, leaving his skeleton intact. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: When Columbus discovered America, a series of mysteries arose to confound the scholars of Europe. Here are two continents, completely isolated from each other, yet they simultaneously developed similar cultures. For example, the Mayans measured time on the same principle as the Gregorian calendar of Europe. They used the same signs of the zodiac, the same decimal and mathematical system. They valued silver and gold, using both for jewelry and barter. Another mystery was the banana ...
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Crazy Credits

For once in his life, Paul Frees gets an on-screen credit for a voice-over job, the narration in the opening and closing sequences. Strangely, he is billed not in the cast list, but in the technical credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. See more »

Connections

References Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

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A fun movie
26 March 2000 | by hammjpSee all my reviews

I first saw this film when I was a child. My friends and I were enamored of it, and played "Atlantis" for weeks after. Watching the movie with adult eyes, however, reveals that it is not George Pal's best work. Even so, it continues to have sentimental value for me and I do watch it occasionally. I still believe it to be a "fun" movie, real Saturday Matinee, popcorn and juju beads, sticky floor fun. Just turn off the brain, drop your expectations, and enjoy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atlantis: The Lost Continent See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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