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Around The World In Eighty Days: Special Edition

3

Eighty days, 175 minutes, 13 countries, 44 star cameos, five Oscars and one mighty adventure. It's a whopper, all right, but this epic 1956 adap of Jules Verne's 1870 classic holds up better as an epitaph to the outrageous tenacity of showman-producer Michael Todd than as rollicking entertainment.

With David Niven a perfectly debonair Phileas Fogg and legendary Mexican comic Cantinflas as his sidekick, many of the set-pieces (bullfighting in Spain, battling Sioux savages in the Wild West, rescuing Shirley MacLaine in India) are corkers. Still, 80 days isn't exactly easy on the arse, and the globetrotting plot leaves it all feeling rather like a vintage travel advert. Luckily, you can always play Spot The Star, with everyone from Marlene Dietrich to Frank Sinatra to Buster Keaton studding the scenery.

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: July 1st 2004