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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.


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

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

For all of Tushka's charms and Bryan's energy and the jam-packing of this mini-series with spectacle and incident, it's unaccountably plodding.

February 5, 2018 | Full Review…

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

April 23, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Journey to the Center of the Earth


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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