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Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962)

In 1862, the British commission inventor Fergusson to claim uncharted land in West Africa for Britain by flying his giant hot air balloon there.

Director:

Irwin Allen

Writers:

Jules Verne (novel), Charles Bennett (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Red Buttons ... Donald O'Shay
Fabian ... Jacques
Barbara Eden ... Susan Gale
Cedric Hardwicke ... Fergusson
Peter Lorre ... Ahmed
Richard Haydn ... Sir Henry Vining
BarBara Luna ... Makia (as Barbara Luna)
Billy Gilbert ... Sultan / Auctioneer
Herbert Marshall ... The Prime Minister
Reginald Owen ... Consul
Henry Daniell ... Sheik Ageiba
Mike Mazurki ... Slave Captain
Alan Caillou ... Inspector
Ben Astar ... Myanga
Raymond Bailey ... Randolph
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Storyline

Professor Fergusson plans to make aviation history by making his way across Africa by balloon. He plans to claim uncharted territories in West Africa as proof of his inventions worth. Written by Dennis Kytasaari <djk@xnet.com>

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It's High Adventure and a Skyful of Fun! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Five Weeks in a Balloon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,340,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The book Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne was in the public domain, and two producers raced to complete film versions of the novel. Flight of the Lost Balloon (1961) premiered on December 28, 1961, eight months before Five Weeks in a Balloon was released on August 22, 1962. See more »

Goofs

When O'Shay attempts to shoot the lion, the antelope behind him can be seen being grabbed by an animal trainer. See more »

Quotes

[the balloon is about to land in the middle of the jungle]
Sir Henry Vining: It's a forest full of trees!
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Soundtracks

Five Weeks In A Balloon
Written by Urban Thielmann (uncredited) and Jodi Desmond
Sung by The Brothers Four
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Taller Than An Elephant
9 February 2007 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

The title song assures us that, if you fly in a balloon, nothing is impossible. "I'm taller than an elephant and twice as powerful, too." From the first minute you know, "5 Weeks in a Balloon" will be fun with a capital F. Sure, it's easy to analyze this movie and come to the conclusion it's childish and full of clichés. But my point is, grown-ups rarely manage to make movies that really show the world as it is in the imagination of a 10 year old - an admirable quality. While the real Africa is struck by war, starvation and disease, this is the fantasy Africa where rogues were colorful costumes for good looks and the heroes will have a break in the middle of the wilderness, not worrying about the lions around, to sing a song before they go on - because they know, in a dream no-one can actually be harmed. "5 Weeks in a Balloon" may not be Irwin Allen's best movie, but I still like it as much as I did when I watched it for the first time, because only movie theater entertainment at its best can take us away from the real world for an hour and a half to forget all our worries. Can't be grateful enough for that sometimes!


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