20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Released 1997


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Michael Anderson
In 1867, Professor Aronnax, renowned marine biologist, is summoned by the Navy to identify the mysterious sea creature that disabled the steamship Nova Scotia in the North Atlantic. He agrees to undertake an expedition. His daughter, Sophie, also a marine biologist, disguised as a man, comes as her father's assistant. On ship, she becomes smitten with harpoonist Ned Land. At night, the shimmering green sea beast is spotted. When Ned tries to spear it, the monster rams their ship. Aronnax, Sophie and Ned are thrown overboard. Floundering, they cling to a huge hull which rises from the deeps. The "sea beast" is a sleek futuristic submarine, commanded by Captain Nemo. He invites them aboard, but warns if they enter the Nautilus, they will not be free to leave. The submarine is a marvel of technology, with electricity harnessed for use on board. Nemo provides his guests diving suits equipped with oxygen for exploration of the dazzling undersea world. Aronnax learns Nemo was destined to be the king to lead his people into the modern scientific world, but was forced from his land by enemies. Now, he is hoping to halt shipping between the United States and Europe as a way of regaining his throne. Ned makes several escape attempts, but Sophie and her father find the opportunities for scientific study too great to leave. The Nautilus sinks a British battleship that provokes Nemo, killing two of his crew. When the Nautilus ventures into the Caribbean, it is attacked by a giant squid. Nemo has only a half-day of oxygen and the tentacled creature holds the submarine in a death grip. Divers sent to destroy it are killed. In desperation, Nemo promises to release his hostages if Ned kills the powerful squid with his harpoon. Ned is successful and Nemo, keeping his word, sets them free on a nearby island and returns to the deep.moreless

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