Journey to the Center of the Earth (1999)

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Like the 1959 theatrical feature of the same name, the two-part cable movie Journey to the Center of the Earth was loosely adapted from the Jules Verne novel (also of the same name). The first part of the TV version faithfully follows the chronology of the earlier film, with famed archeologist/explorer Professor Theodore Lytton (Treat Williams), his nephew, Jonas (Jeremy London), and adventurer-for-hire, McNiff (Hugh Keays-Byrne) embarking upon an expedition to the earth's core. The three men are following in the footsteps of Casper Hastings (Bryan Brown), who disappeared during a similar expedition several years earlier. Coming along for the ride is Casper's wife (or perhaps, widow), Alice Hastings (Tushka Bergen). Upon the foursome's arrival at the titular center of the Earth in part two, the plot goes off on a new, Apocalypse Now-inspired tangent, with the "lost" Casper Hastings reigning as a god over a subterranean (and cannibalistic) native tribe. Directed by George Miller (of The Man From Snowy River fame), Journey to the Center of the Earth made its first American TV appearance courtesy of cable's USA Network on September 14 and 15, 1999.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Television
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Cast

Treat Williams
as Theodore Lytton
Bryan Brown
as Casper Hastings
Tushka Bergen
as Alice Hastings
Joe Bugner
as Boxer
Tessa Wells
as Helen
Alan Hardy
as Reverend
John Forsyth
as Society Member
Petra Yared
as Ralna
Peter Kaa
as Tee Mahua
Warwick Begg
as Policeman
Anaru Grant
as Head Maori
Matiu Tarawa
as Tribal Shaman
Trevor Cockay
as Missing Link
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Critic Reviews for Journey to the Center of the Earth

All Critics (4)

Not bad effects, not bad suspense. But stick with James Mason-Pat Boone original.

April 23, 2007
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March 30, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Journey to the Center of the Earth

½

It hard to know where to place blame for this film's lack of an audience connection: a terrible script that makes stilted decisions, wooden acting, or a director seemingly uninterested in any of it. Nonetheless it might pass kiddie review standards ...

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Ever so unfaithful and extremely long, this 1999 adaption overstays its welcome. The video cover boasts dinosaurs and adventure, but both are little in presence. The characters are alright, and the casting is fine, but in the end they play out and eventually become boring. Sleestak rip-offs really didn't add much danger. While Journey starts off good, you'll wish it was an hour or so shorter.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad
½

HOPELESSLY OVERLONG, THIS ADAPTATION OF THE CLASSIC STORY IS LESS THAN ADEQUATE. THERE ARE INDEED SOME IMAGINATIVE SCENES, BUT IT REEKS OF A LOW BUDGET. TREAT WILLIAMS IS FAIRLY GOOD, SOME SCENES QUITE RIDICULOUS.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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