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Around the World in 80 Days (2004 film)

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Around the World in 80 Days

Theatrical release poster

Directed by Frank Coraci

Produced by Bill Badalato

Hal Lieberman

Screenplay by David Titcher

David Benullo
David Goldstein

Based on Around the World in Eighty Days

by Jules Verne

 Jackie Chan
 Steve Coogan
 Cécile de France
 Jim Broadbent
 Ian McNeice
 Karen Joy Morris

Music by Trevor Jones

David A. Stewart

Cinematography Phil Meheux

Edited by Tom Lewis

Production Walt Disney Pictures (North America)


Walden Media
Spanknyce Films
Mostow/Lieberman Productions

Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures (North America)

Walden Media (International)

Release date  June 13, 2004 (Los Angeles, California)

 June 16, 2004 (United States)

Running time 120 minutes[1]

Country United States

Language English
Mandarin Chinese

Budget $110 million[1]

Box office $75 million[1]

Around the World in 80 Days is a 2004 American action adventure comedy film based on Jules
Verne's novel of the same name. It stars Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan and Cécile de France. The
film is set in 19th-century Britain and centers on Phileas Fogg (Steve Coogan), here reimagined
as an eccentric inventor, and his efforts to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. During the trip,
he is accompanied by his Chinese valet, Passepartout (Jackie Chan). For comedic reasons, the
film intentionally deviated wildly from the novel and included a number of anachronistic elements.
With production costs of about $110 million and estimated marketing costs of $30 million, it
earned $24 million at the U.S. box office and $72 million worldwide, making it a box office
flop.[1] It was Arnold Schwarzenegger's last film before he took a hiatus from acting to become
Governor of California until 2010's The Expendables.


 1Plot
 2Cast
 3Soundtrack
 4Release
 5Critical reception
o 5.1Awards
 6See also
 7References
 8External links


Film set at Berlin's Gendarmenmarkt in April 2003. The building doubles as a background building outside
London's Royal Academy of Science.

In 1890, England, a Chinese man, Lau Xing, robs the Bank of England. To evade the police, Xing
becomes the valet for Phileas Fogg, an inventor, taking the pseudonym Passepartout. Phileas,
just before Xing arrived, had been trying to break the 50-mph speed barrier, and after succeeding
with the help of Passepartout, they head to the Royal Academy of Science. There, Fogg is
insulted by the other "brilliant minds", in particular Lord Kelvin, who believes that everything
worth discovering has already been discovered. After a debate between the scientists about the
bank thief, Phileas is pressured into a bet to see whether he can travel around the world in 80
days. If he wins, he will become Minister of Science in Lord Kelvin's place, if not, he will destroy
his lab and never invent anything again. Phileas and Xing start their journey around the world,
taking a carriage and leaving London after a confrontation with Inspector Fix, a corrupt officer
hired by Lord Kelvin to stop them.
Xing and Phileas journey to Paris, France. Pretending to take Phileas to a convention
with Thomas Edison, Xing leads him to an art school where Phileas meets Monique La Roche, a
would-be impressionist. There, Xing is attacked by disguised warriors, the Black Scorpions, sent
by General Fang, a warlord from China who is after the Jade Buddha that he stole. Fang had
previously given it to Kelvin in exchange for military assistance in China. When Monique learns of
Phileas's ambition, she convinces them to take her with them. They depart in a hot-air balloon,
chased by Fang's warriors.
Whilst on the Orient Express, Monique learns that Xing is trying to return the Jade Buddha back
to his village, and is travelling with Phileas to get there quickly. Monique keeps his secret in
exchange for him convincing Phileas to let her travel with him. They travel to Turkey, where the
train stops. Guards climb onboard and inform the trio that they are greeted by Prince Hapi.
During the Prince's banquet, he orders Monique to stay as his seventh wife while the men are
ordered to leave. The men blackmail Prince Hapi into releasing Monique using a prized but
apparently flimsy "The Thinker" statue of the Prince. The statue is destroyed, much to Hapi's
anger, but the trio escape from the guards. Lord Kelvin, learning that Phileas has been abetting a
thief's escape, orders the British colonial authorities in India to arrest both. Xing notices this and
warns his companions, disguising themselves as Indian women to evade capture and
successfully flee to China. On the train Xing tells the story of the Ten Tigers of Canton to
children. Fogg tells him legends are meaningless and Xing tells him that him traveling around the
world in eighty days is a legend.
Xing leads his friends to his village, Lanzhou, where they are happily greeted. Phileas, however,
finds out Xing stole the Jade Buddha and leaves, but is immediately captured along with Xing
and Monique by the Black Scorpions. With them is a man who was imprisoned for public
urination. Xing challenges the leader of the group to a fight, during which he is joined by the
martial arts masters of the "Ten Tigers of Canton", of which Xing is a member. The Tigers drive
the Black Scorpions from the village and free the Westerners. The Buddha is returned to the
village temple. Phileas, feeling used by Xing and Monique, leaves for San Francisco, United
States, alone, only to be proven wrong when the latter decide to help him win his bet. In New
York City, Fang's disguised minions trick the trio to an ambush site. Fang reveals the nature of
their arrangements with Lord Kelvin to take Lanzhou and tap the jade reserves underneath it. A
battle against Fang and her minions commences in the workshop where the Statue of Liberty is
being constructed, resulting in Phileas missing a boat to help Xing. Fang's minions were
defeated and Xing nearly dies to save Phileas. Fang also survived but was knocked out by
Monique with a punch and Xing joked that she was the 11th Tiger. Phileas feels he has lost, but
the other two say they may still make it if they catch the next ship.
They board an old ship and Phileas convinces the captain to let him build a plane out of the
ship's old wood in exchange for a new ship. Using an altered version of the Wright brothers'
plans, Phileas builds the plane while the ship's crew builds a catapult to launch it into the sky.
They reach London, where the machine falls apart and they crash in front of the Royal Academy.
Lord Kelvin sends police to arrest them for robbing the bank, in order to stop them from making it
to the top step of the Academy, and proclaims himself the victor when Big Ben strikes noon,
seemingly ending the wager. Monique, Fix and other ministers attest to Kelvin's unfair methods
and his bullying nature, but Kelvin scoffs at them. In the process he insults Queen Victoria, who
arrives on the scene. She learned that he had sold her arsenal to Fang in exchange
for jade mines in China thanks to one of his aides. Kelvin is arrested and sent to prison, and
Phileas realizes he is one day early thanks to crossing the international date line. He victoriously
ascends the stairs of the Academy and kisses Monique.

 Jackie Chan as Passepartout / Lau Xing / Tiger #1
 Steve Coogan as Phileas Fogg
 Cécile de France as Monique Laroche
 Jim Broadbent as Lord Kelvin
 Arnold Schwarzenegger as Prince Hapi
 Owen Wilson as Wilbur Wright
 Luke Wilson as Orville Wright
 John Cleese as Grizzled sergeant
 Roger Hammond as Lord Rhodes
 David Ryall as Lord Salisbury
 Ian McNeice as Colonel Kitchener
 Kathy Bates as Queen Victoria
 Rob Schneider as San Francisco Hobo
 Richard Branson as Balloon Man
 Ewen Bremner as Inspector Fix
 Sammo Hung as Wong Fei Hung / Tiger #2
 Karen Mok as General Fang (credited as 'Karen Joy Morris')
 Daniel Wu as Bak Mei
 Robert Fyfe as Jean Michel
 Adam Godley as Mr. Sutton
 Macy Gray as Sleeping French Woman
 Ken Lo as French Inspector / Black Scorpion (uncredited)
 Will Forte as Young French Policeman Bobby
 Maggie Q as Female Agent (credited as 'Maggie M. Quigley')
 Phil Meheux as London Hobo
 Michael Youn as Art Gallery Manager
 Frank Coraci as Angry Dapper Pedestrian
 Mark Addy as Steamer Captain
 Don Tai as Ho / Tiger #9
 Mars as Bak Mei's Henchmen (uncredited)
 Johnny Cheung as Bak Mei's Henchmen (uncredited)
 Guang Chang as China Bigger (uncredited)
 Han Guan Hua as Black Scorpion (uncredited)

 "It's Slinky!" – Written by Homer Fesperman and Charles Weasley
 "Sehnaz Pesrev
 "The Mystery Continues" – Composed by Suma Ograda
 "Everybody, All over the World (Join the Celebration)" – Performed by David A.
Stewart and Sylvia Young Stage School
 "River of Dreams" (Instrumental) – Written by David A. Stewart and Aidan Love
 "It's a Small World" – Performed by Baha Men

Around the World in 80 Days premiered at Los Angeles, California on June 13, 2004 and was
released in theaters on June 16, 2004 by Walt Disney Pictures. It was also released on DVD and
VHS on November 2, 2004 by Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

Critical reception[edit]

Jackie Chan was praised by critics for his performance.

Around the World in 80 Days was met with mixed reviews. Review aggregator Rotten
Tomatoes gives the film a 31% approval rating, based on 127 reviews, with an average score of
4.8 out of 10, with the site's consensus stating: "Hit-and-miss family fare that bears only the
slightest resemblance to Verne's novel."[2] Metacritic gives the film a weighted score of 49 out of
100, based on 33 sampled reviews, indicating "mixed to average reviews."[3] Audiences polled
by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[4]
While some reviewers[specify] criticized it for having little to no resemblance to the novel it is based
on, others such as Roger Ebert praised it for its visual style and for being "goofy fun".[5] In 2014,
the Los Angeles Times listed the film as one of the most expensive box office flops of all
time.[6] The film was nominated for two Razzie Awards - Worst Remake or Sequel and Worst
Supporting Actor (Arnold Schwarzenegger).[7]

Award Category Nominee Result

Worst Supporting Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger Nominated

Razzie Award

Worst Remake or Sequel Around the World in 80 Days Nominated

See also[edit]
 List of American films of 2004
 Around the World in 80 Days (1956 film)
 Around the World in Eighty Days (book)
 Jackie Chan filmography

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2. Jump up^ "Around the World in 80 Days Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster.
Retrieved 2011-10-29.
3. Jump up^ "Around the World in 80 Days Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
4. Jump up^ "CinemaScore".
5. Jump up^ Roger Ebert (June 16, 2004). "Around the World in 80 Days". Retrieved 2014-07-20.
6. Jump up^ "Eller, Claudia,"The costliest box office flops of all time", Los Angeles Times (January
15, 2014)". 6 August 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
7. Jump up^ "For Immediate Release". Retrieved 2014-02-13.

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