Around the World in Eighty DaysAround the World in Eighty Days (Le tour du monde en quatre-vingt jours) is a classic adventure novel by 19th-century French author Jules Verne. In the story, English adventurer Phileas Fogg, and his new butler, Passepartout, attempt to circumnavigate the late Victorian world in 80 days on a bet set by the Reform Club.
In 1988, Monty Python alumnus Michael Palin took a similar challenge without using aircraft as a part of a television travelogue also called Around the World in Eighty Days . He too completed within the deadline.
The book was adapted to film in 1956, a Hollywood fun movie with a huge cast. Many famous performers play bit parts, and part of the pleasure in this movie is playing "spot the star"; the lead roles in the movie were played by David Niven and Cantinflas.
The movie earned five Oscars:
- Best Picture - Michael Todd, producer
- Best Cinematography, Color - Lionel Lindon
- Best Film Editing - Gene Ruggiero and Paul Weatherwax
- Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture - Victor Young
- Best Writing, Best Screenplay, Adapted - John Farrow, S.J. Perelman, and James Poe
- Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color - Ken Adam, Ross Dowd, and James W. Sullivan
- Best Costume Design, Color - Miles White
- Best Director - Michael Anderson