Around the World in 80 Days (1956 film)

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A major film adaptation of the novel by Jules Verne, directed by Mike Todd and starring David Niven and Shirley MacLaine.

Around the World in 80 Days (1956 film) is the Trope Namer for:
  • The Cameo: Director Mike Todd coined the term to differentiate the surprise bit parts played by major stars from all the other bit parts played by unknowns. It first appeared in a book released along with the movie which provided a guide to all the momentary guest stars, with the emblem of a literal cameo next to each one.
Tropes used in Around the World in 80 Days (1956 film) include:
  • Academy Award: Best Picture.
  • The Cameo: Peter Lorre! Buster Keaton! Frank Sinatra?
  • Canon Immigrant: Phileas Fogg's balloon ride happens not in the Verne novel, but in this film. The balloon ride has since become such an iconic part of the story that Michael Palin took a balloon ride in his 1989 travelogue, and modern printings of Verne's novel are sometimes published along with another Verne novel, Five Weeks in a Balloon, with a balloon on the cover.
  • Creative Closing Credits: Ends with a Saul Bass reconstruction of the events of the film.
  • Epic Movie: Oh yes.
  • Fake Nationality: Passepartout is played by Mexican actor Mario Moreno (better known as Cantinflas).
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Not so much necessary, but desired in that the book had Aouda soon changing her clothes to a typical European dress. However for most adapters, having this beautiful Indian woman deemphasizing her exoticness by losing her sari is unthinkable. Also, nowadays not having her accompany Fogg and Passepartout in the final sprint to the Reform Club makes the sequence feel incomplete.
    • Also, balancing a Indian attack on the train by first having the train stop so the Engineer can share a peace pipe with a different Native American nation, who have no interest in attacking since they are satisfied by this gesture.
  • Scenery Porn: And lots of it.
  • Widescreen Shot: A "spread to widescreen" shot.