Based on the Jules Verne book of the same name, 1961's Mysterious Island is great adventure fun for the whole family. A cult-classic that claims generations of late-night viewing devotees (TNT's Monster Vision anyone?), Mysterious Island is most fondly celebrated by film buffs for Ray Harryhousen's groundbreaking stop-motion creature animation.
After using a hot air balloon to escape from a Confederate prison camp, Capt. Harding (Michael Craig), Cpl. Neb Nugent (Dan Jackson) and Sgt. Pencroft (Percy Herbert) crash into the ocean and are later washed up on the beach of a strange island. The men soon run afoul of the local wildlife, which include giant crabs and prehistoric creatures. Ship-wrecked damsels in distress are also discovered, with pirates hot on their heels. To make matters worse, the island's central volcano begins to erupt, threatening to take the whole island down with it. Only the enigmatic and long-thought-dead Captain Nemo may hold the key for survival.
Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Herbert Lom, Michael Callan, Beth Rogan