Thursday, February 24, 2011

Around the World in 80 Days

While it was probably a big budget extravaganza when it was first broadcast on television back in 1989, this mini-series looks pretty dated today. All of he exotic locations that Phileas Fogg and his devoted man-servant, Passepartout travel though all look like they were shot on a Hollywood back-lot, but the fake look of it all somehow grows on you as the hours pass. The same goes for most of the performances. Pierce Brosnan makes for a perfect Fogg, and he has a nice chemistry with Eric Idle, who plays his servant with an absolutely awful French accent. Peter Ustinov is annoying as the detective on Fogg’s heel, and the list of guests stars is hit or miss mix of once- famous celebrities

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