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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 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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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atlantis, terre engloutie See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

George Pal Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When a preview of this film was shown, a questionnaire was distributed among the viewers asking what scene they liked. One person answered, "The scene where Robert Taylor saved Deborah Kerr from the fire." This was in reference to the fact that much of the stock footage used in the film came from Quo Vadis (1951). See more »

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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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Atlantis the Lost Continent
2 January 2006 | by mhrabovsky1-1See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film as a 14 year old in 1961 at a Saturday afternoon matinée...my brother and I were supposed to go to a Detroit Tiger baseball game but it was rained out...what to do? We went to see this movie and I have always remembered it and loved it. Back in the late 50s, early 60s Hollywood was putting out a lot of science fiction fantasy films, like "Seventh Voyage of Sinbad", "Jack the Giant Killer", "Mysterious Island" and all of the sword and sandal Hercules movies with Steve Reeves and other musclemen. What could you not like about this film as a kid? A beautiful princess, a submarine in the shape of a fish, giant monsters fighting our hero in a fire/water pit, animal men with bull heads and horns, a giant sea monster Neptune showing our hero and his princess through the pillars of Hercules on their way to Atlantis and plenty of evil sorcerers and villains. A good love story to boot with our hero Demetrious winning the love of his lady Antillia and getting out of Atlantis just before the submerging and destruction of the mythical land. Edward Platt who was on the TV show "Get Smart" as the chief in a role as a minister/prophet who foretells the doom of the fabled continent. I fell in love with Joyce Taylor, the princess Antillia way back then....only problem is that our hero, played by Anthony Hall looked like he could have used some time in the gym training with Steve Reeves. On the very thin side for a hero to fight giants and evil rulers. Great science fiction stuff for the 60s.


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