Journey to the Center of the Earth
Journey to the Center of the Earth (also called Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth) is a 1959 American science fiction adventure film in color by De Luxe, distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film, produced by Charles Brackett and directed by Henry Levin, stars James Mason, Pat Boone, and Arlene Dahl. Bernard Herrmann wrote the film score, and the film's storyline was adapted by Charles Brackett from the 1864 novel of the same name by Jules Verne.
In 1880 Edinburgh, Scotland, Professor Sir Oliver Lindenbrook (James Mason), a geologist at the University of Edinburgh, is given a piece of volcanic rock by his admiring student, Alec McEwan (Pat Boone). Finding the rock unusually heavy, Lindenbrook, mostly due to carelessness by his lab assistant, Mr. Paisley (Ben Wright), discovers a plumb bob inside bearing a cryptic inscription. Lindenbrook and Alec discover that it was left by a scientist named Arne Saknussemm, who had, almost 300 years earlier, found a passage to the center of the Earth by descending into Snæfellsjökull, a volcano in western Iceland. After translating the message, Lindenbrook immediately sets off with Alec to follow in the Icelandic pioneer's footsteps.
|author||Charles Brackett Walter Reisch|
|genre||adventure science fiction|
|keywords||atlantis bury caiman lizard center of the earth dimetrodon \'\'dimetrodons\'\ goatee hotel room iceland icelander kill mark megalosaurus murder national hero pétur ronson plumb bob potassium cyanide rhinoceros iguana rock ruhmkorff lamps snæfellsjökull sunken city trail blazing university of edinburgh volcanic rock wed|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Color Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing Academy Award for Best Special Effects|
|productionCompany||Cooga Mooga Film Productions, Inc. Joseph M. Schenck Enterprises, Inc.|
|publisher||20th Century Fox|
|recordedAt||Edinburgh Malibu New Mexico|
|theme||science fiction adventure|