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Four-Star Films : '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'

March 16, 1997|Kevin Thomas

There are two remakes in the works of this 1954 Disney adventure classic from the Jules Verne sci-fi novel directed by Richard Fleischer, but this version deserves to be on the Library of Congress's National Film Registry. Those attempting to do better than Fleischer has his or her work cut out for them. Not only has the film been superbly cast, with sailor Kirk Douglas (right) and scientist Paul Lukas (center) becoming entangled with James Mason's mysterious Captain Nemo (left) and his marvelous submarine, but also superbly designed with a beguilingly fanciful Victorian look. (Disney, Friday at 11 p.m.)

Other selected four-star films airing this week:

The African Queen / TBS, Monday, 10:05 a.m.

The Quiet Man / TNT, Monday, 10 p.m.

The Adventures of Robin Hood / TBS, Tuesday, 10:05 a.m.

A Double Life / AMC, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

All About Eve / AMC, Wednesday, 5:30 and 10:30 p.m.

Gone With the Wind / TNT, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

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