20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
The scene where James Mason as Captain Nemo gets shot in the back -- and starts what turns out to be a fifteen minute death sequence -- is worth the price of the DVD alone. Really, Mason gives Pauley Shore a run for his bad acting money.
At the time this film was made in 1954, it had the highest budget of all time. Much of that had to do with the difficult underwater shoots, the actual model made of the deck of the Nautilus, and the incredible amount of makeup used to fill in the dimple in Kirk Douglas's chin.
This is, of course, is the story of Captain Nemo and his submarine, which is long and hard and full of seamen. People think that the Nautilus is actually a monster, but when it attacks and sinks a ship, three of that ship's crew find out otherwise. There's Professor Arronax (Paul Lukas), his assistant Conseil (Peter Lorre) and ship's mate Ned Land (Douglas). After being taken aboard by Capt. Nemo, Ned spends the entirety of the movie trying to get away while the Professor tries to learn everything he can about Nemo.
I definitely have to side with Ned on this one.
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