Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Critic Consensus: It's undeniably shallow, but its cheerful lack of pretense -- as well as its grand scale and star-stuffed cast -- help make Around the World in 80 Days charmingly light-hearted entertainment.
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as Princess Aouda
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as Monsieur Casse
as Station Master
as Col. Proctor Stamp
as Railway Official
as Whist Partner
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as First Mate
as Sporting Lady
as Sir Francis Gromarty
as Captain of S.S. Henr...
as Bouncer at Barbary C...
as Achmed Abdullah
as Saloon Pianist
as Club Member
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as Train fireman
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Critic Reviews for Around the World in 80 Days
The wonder is that this Polyphemus of productions does not simply collapse of its own overweight; but, thanks principally to Showman Todd, the picture skips along with an amazing lightness.
With a smash lineup of stars in major and minor parts, Todd has turned out a surefire hit.
Is the whole thing too exhausting? It's a question of how much you can take. We not only took it but found it most amusing.
An interminable travelogue interspersed with sketches in which star-spotting affords some relief.
The movie has not aged well. To its credit, it is benign and charming, with an intoxicating musical score, compelling cinematography and a continually advancing locale.
Audience Reviews for Around the World in 80 Days
There's no other way to say it. Around the World in 80s Days is nothing more than a bland travelogue. What must've seemed like a grandiose marvel in 1956 doesn't translate to the modern era. Our technologically advanced age makes this once epic period piece seem like an old dated relic. It still has value. Anthropologists should study this as a faded artifact of a bygone era. How this film won the Academy Award for Best Picture must certainly be one of the great anomalies in the Academy's illustrious history. Now reflect on the fact that it beat The King and I, The Ten Commandments and Giant and the win seems even more egregious. But the accolades didn't stop there. It snagged 5 Academy Awards out of its 8 nominations. The mind boggles. The only one it seems remotely worthy of consideration was for Best Cinematography and I would still argue it was up against stiffer competition. David Niven and Cantinflas make an entertaining duo. I liked them and the cinematography is pleasant. Oh and then there's that animated end credits sequence titled "Who was seen in what scene...and who did what" created by Saul Bass. The whimsical cartoon is most delightful thing in the whole production.
How this won Best Picture (beating out Giant, Friendly Persuasion, The Ten Commandments, and The King and I, and The Searchers (which wasn't even nominated) is beyond me. This is a big, epic adaptation of the classic Jules Verne story of an archetypical Englishman who makes a bet he can travel across the entire world in only 80 days. As an event, sure, yeah, this was probably quite a fun spectacle to see back in 1956. Today though, this is just an overlong, kinda boring cameo fest with rather blah acting, and little sense of real adventure and excitement.
I guess for people who at the time weren't used to seeing exotic places were wowed by what this film offers, but today it's just an unspectacular and dated travelogue. Don't get me wrong, there are some things I liked. The music is decent, if a little repetitive, the end title credit sequence by Saul Bass is really cool, some of the cameos are fun (SInatra, Carradine, Keaton, Dietrich), and Cantinflas is admittedly an absolute scene stealing joyt to watch, but Niven didn't stand out for me as a wonderful lead, and Shirely MacLaine ,though I like her and understood that she did this film near the beginning of her career, really feels out of place.
The cinematography is quite excellent though, and the locations do look nice (though idealized), but overall, this is just another one of those Best Picture winners that really didn't deserve it.
This movie is incredibly long, and has many boring scenes with old guys sitting around talking, which got on my nerves. On the other hand the cast is good, and the story is a classic. Overall it's interesting, but it could be better.
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