The Return of Captain Nemo or as it was known when released theatrically The Amazing Captain Nemo was a co-production by Irwin Allen (The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno) and Warner Bros. Television for CBS in 1978. Originally aired as a three part ‘mini-series’ the studios hoped that this would be the beginning chapter of a brand new TV series…the ratings however proved to be abysmal and plans for a continuing series were dropped.
The film/TV Series starred the legendary José Ferrer (Cyrano De Bergerac, Dune) as Captain Nemo who is found in a state of suspended animation by US Navy divers and revived in modern day where it is hoped he will accept a deal from the Government to aid in the battle against the King of Atlantis. In exchange for outfitting the Nautilus with some modern day equipment, Nemo will match wits and technology against Professor Cunningham played by Burgess Meredith (Batman, Rocky) who just so happens to be controlling King Tibor of Atlantis (Horst Bucholz of The Magnificent Seven). If Nemo and his new allies cannot stop the fiendish Professor…the Government will be forced to pay the Billion Dollar ransom or find itself under attack by Cunningham’s nuclear submarine!
Sadly I have not seen The Amazing Captain Nemo for myself but thanks to the Warner Archives we can now purchase a made-to-order DVD copy for ourselves. Judging from the trailer below this looks like a perfect movie to watch on a lazy Sunday morning.