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The Lost Continent (1968)

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On their way to South America, the passengers and crew of an old freighter face many challenges. The captain has taken on illegal cargo - a dangerous consignment of phosphorous that will ... See full summary »

Directors:

Michael Carreras, Leslie Norman (uncredited)

Writers:

Michael Carreras (screenplay) (as Michael Nash), Dennis Wheatley (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Porter ... Capt. Lansen
Hildegard Knef ... Eva Peters
Suzanna Leigh ... Unity Webster
Tony Beckley ... Harry Tyler
Nigel Stock ... Dr. Webster
Neil McCallum Neil McCallum ... First Officer Hemmings
Ben Carruthers ... Ricaldi (as Benito Carruthers)
Jimmy Hanley ... Patrick, the Bartender
James Cossins ... Nick, Chief Engineer
Dana Gillespie ... Sarah
Victor Maddern ... Mate
Reg Lye ... Helmsman
Norman Eshley ... Jonathan, the Prisoner
Michael Ripper ... Sea Lawyer
Donald Sumpter ... Sparks, the Radioman
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Storyline

On their way to South America, the passengers and crew of an old freighter face many challenges. The captain has taken on illegal cargo - a dangerous consignment of phosphorous that will explode if it comes into contact with water - something that worries the crew but less so for the passengers who all seem to have good reasons to continue their trip. When the ship takes on water some of the crew mutiny and eventually abandon ship. For those who stay aboard, they soon find themselves trapped in a huge bed of living seaweed and find a several centuries old Spanish galleon that has been trapped for all of that time - now manned by the descendants of the original crew. They will have to them if they are to survive. Written by garykmcd

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ship | seaweed | water | galleon | escape | See All (67) »

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A living hell that time forgot! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lost Island See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the first interior boat scene, the Doctor is reading "Uncharted Seas" by Dennis Wheatley, the book on which the film is based. See more »

Goofs

Much is made of the importance of the buoyancy balloons when crossing the seaweed. Yet they are not large enough to do much good, they don't float upwards, or need to be tied down when not in use, and near the end of the film they are not needed anyway. See more »

Quotes

[facing down the Grand Inquisitor]
Capt. Lansen: We're getting out. Now we can noisily, or we can go quietly. The choice is up to you.
The Grand Inquistor: Where are you going? You're trapped here like the rest of us. There's no escape.
Capt. Lansen: How do you know? Have you ever tried?
The Grand Inquistor: Our ancestors tried.
Capt. Lansen: I'm not talking about them, I'm talking about you.
The Grand Inquistor: It's God's will!
Capt. Lansen: It's your will, because you want it this way! You do it in the name of God through this child here because you haven't got the guts to do your own dirty work!
The Grand Inquistor: You speak ...
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Alternate Versions

Most of the extra 9 minutes that was cut from the US version is not 'adult material' but exposition. Obviously, Warner wanted a release than ran less than 90m as well as the G rating. For example, an entire scene was removed in which the mutinous crew tell the first officer that there are explosives on board the ship (as the first officer later tells the captain that the crew know about the explosives the scene was doubtless considered superfluous). However, there was some mild sex and gore cut (a close shot of the dead radio operator for example). See more »

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Referenced in Quiet Days in Clichy (1970) See more »

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Wonderful Visuals
24 September 2002 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

In terms of plot, this movie is often ventures into territory at times strange and bizarre, at times silly and outrageous and at times (especially in the opening half)-suspenseful! The whole sequence where they wind up lost at sea keeps the viewer glued to the screen.

The second half however ventures into the outrageous and bizarre territory. Complete with crazy FX scenes featuring giant monsters which are done on the cheap but aren't soon forgotten. The actors/actresses continually play their roles straight throughout the film and are quite competent which helps slightly. But overall the second half proves a disappointing mess of a movie.

At the same time, the main reason to watch this film however is its haunting visuals of the "lost continent" seen in the second half-Paul Beeson is credited for the cinematography.


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