Journey to the Center of the Earth

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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.


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  • Oct 24, 2014
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2008
    There seems to be so many versions of this tale! I like the whole concept though. Great film. Acting isn't <i>too</i> shabby. Treat Williams is good, as is Jeremy London. If you want a story that has two rival tribes - (Who suprisingly both speak English although no suprise that the females are far more intelligent that the males), lots of dinosaurs, average acting, but a tale that will keep you hooked, then check this out. Although the ending for me was such a let down. They might aswell have ended it with 'and they all woke up'.
    Terri H Super Reviewer

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