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Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

US 183m, Colour
Director: Michael Anderson; Cast: David Niven, Cantinflas, Robert Newton, Shirley MacLaine

AroundTheWorldIn80DayA comedic adventure film, Around the World in 80 Days is based on the Jules Verne novel of the same name. While at times the film feels like a travelogue, with depictions of exotic locales and people, “80 Days” is a lighthearted comedy which follows Phileas Fogg, a late 19th century English gentleman who wagers £20,000 that he can circumnavigate the globe in eighty days. As a member of the not-so aptly named Reform Club, Fogg departs with his newly hired man-servant played by the wonderfully talented Cantinflas – a Charlie Chaplin-like character who steals virtually every scene he’s in. Filled with dozens of cameo appearances, this film is the archetype for later epic comedic films such as It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) and The Great Race (1965).

2 comments on “Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins

    I’ve never seen it (except in those “wait, this won Best Picture??” articles), but I do hope it’s better than It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. I saw that when I was a kid and didn’t like it that much, but then I read an article online where someone said it was the best comedy ever, so I watched it again. I laughed once.

    • Klaus

      It has a lot of good qualities, but not sure it’s best picture material. It’s slightly more sophisticated than It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, but I wouldn’t get your hopes up. I like these kinds of films for the cameos – although Cantinflas really is the reason to watch this one.

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