Mysterious Island

Synopsis: During the US Civil War, Union POWs escape in a balloon and end up stranded on a South Pacific island, inhabited by giant plants and animals. They must use their ingenuity to survive the dangers, and to devise a way to return home. Sequel to '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'.
Director(s): Cy Endfield
Production: Columbia Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

All right, get down.

-Where's his papers?

-They're all here.

Don't worry, Sergeant.

You'll find them all in order.

All right. Get in there!

Is that necessary?

-All I want is a nice, dry prison cell.

-Get moving!

Is the balloon still there, Captain?

It's whipping around a bit,

but still waiting for us.

We'll need your blanket, Neb.


I think the kid is scared.

Well, aren't you?

-You want a hand with that?

-No, sir.

I've got them both almost through.

Captain, do you think that balloon will fly

in a big wind like this without busting open?

That's not the problem, Herbert.

The problem is whether it'll fly at all.


We've never seen more

than the top of it over the houses.

What if there's a whole

regiment guarding it?

We'll just have to fight

the whole regiment, Herbert.

Hey, Captain.

They're coming early.

Are we going through with it?

We've got no choice.

I see I shall have company.

How charming!

Won't you introduce me to

these gentlemen?

Come on, prisoner.

Get their clothes.


-Here are the keys.

-Now, you both know what to do.

Yes, sir.

Come on, get out of here.


Hurry up!

Come on!


Don't let me fall!

Lighten the basket. We've

got to gain height.

You all right?

Hey, Captain.

All right, let's get this

rebel out of here.

That's a mighty long drop.

You sure you know everything

about running this balloon?

Maybe this man could help us.

All right. Tie him up.

Now that we're up here, I suppose

we should introduce ourselves.

-Captain Cyrus Harding.

-Captain, look, food.

This is Neb. Union soldier.

-I'm Herbert Brown, Pennsylvania Infantry.

-Watch it!

Don't all crowd to one side.

I know what uniform that is.

You're a Union war correspondent.

Very observant, young man.

Gideon Spilett,

New York Herald.

How much food is in that box, Neb?

Enough for five days, maybe.

Four if Mr. Spilett decides to stay.

That all depends, of course,

on where you're headed.

Wherever the wind takes us,

Mr. Spilett.

Looks like your other

guest is coming around.

You're my prisoner.

What's your name and rank?

Sergeant Pencroft.


Confederate Army.

That's all you'll get out of me.

Now listen, soldier.

You ever seen a burial at sea?

Well, you're dressed for one.

Only we're not over the sea.

We're over land, and about a mile up.

It's a long way up, Sergeant.

What these warriors are

trying to say, Sergeant... that if you know anything

about running this thing, you can stay.


I can work it.

Do you mean you can bring this

thing down when you like?

I can bring you down,

but not necessarily alive.

The way this wind is running,

we'll smash to a pulp when we hit land.

You offering parole?

That's all, rebel.

All right, then. Now hear my terms.

This gale is blowing due west.

Now, maybe we could come down

in your lines, and maybe in mine.

Whichever it is, nobody is anybody's

prisoner when we touch land.

Do you understand?

We all go our own way,

and we don't discuss politics.

Otherwise, Yankees, you can just let

this gale blow you to kingdom come.

All right, cut him loose.

Congratulations, Captain.

This was just the beginning.

We escaped, but only into the clutches

of the greatest storm in American history.

Below us, when we could still see through

the patches of angry clouds...

...were smashed cities

and forests torn up by their roots.

Then finally,

the Earth disappeared from our view.

We were prisoners of the wind,

helpless in the storm's mighty grip.

And we wondered how much longer

would we remain aloft?

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John Prebble

John Edward Curtis Prebble, FRSL, OBE,(23 June 1915 – 30 January 2001) was an English journalist, novelist, documentarian and popular historian. He is best known for his studies of Scottish history. more…

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