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Favorite Adventure Films
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The Amazing Panda Adventure (1995)
Director: Christopher Cain
Starring: Stephen Lang, Ryan Slater and Yi Ding
Young American Ryan Tyler visits his zoologist father on a panda preserve in China while on summer vacation and gets involved in the rescue of a baby panda from unscrupulous poachers who want to kill the cub's mother and sell the baby to a zoo. Ling, a young Chinese girl and her grandfather help in the rescue which, if successful, will ultimately result in saving the reserve from being shut down by officious bureaucrats.
Boy on a Dolphin (1957)
Director: Jean Nugelesco
Starring: Alan Ladd, Sophia Loren, Clifton Webb, Laurence Naismith, Alexis Minotis, Jorge Mistral, Piero Giagnoni and Gertrude Flynn
Phaedra is a poor sponge diver on the lovely Greek isle of Hydra. While diving, she discovers an ancient brass and gold statue of a boy riding a dolphin, which is said to have the magical power to grant wishes. Her shiftless boyfriend wants to sell it to an unscrupulous art collector but Phaedra wants to give it to anthropologist Jim Calder, who would return it to the Greek government.
Director: John Trent
Starring: Margaret Brooks, Louis Gossett Jr., Donald Houston, Laurence Naismith, Marne Maitland, Geoffrey Bayldon, Jack Gwillim and Noel Howlett
The young daughter of a park ranger in Tanzania is distressed to learn that she and her father must permanently return to England, thus separating her from the one thing she loves most, a pet bushbaby.
Fearing what the future holds she decides to set the pet free but while doing so misses the boat back to England. After meeting up with a friendly native they try to resolve the situation together.
Things take a turn for the worse when it is falsely reported that the native has kidnapped her, thus putting a price on his head.
Director: Arthur Lubin
Starring: Cameron Mitchell, Teresa Wright, Jon Provost, Roger Nakagawa and Clint Eastwood
A plane on its way to Japan is forced to land at sea just off the Japanese coast. A small American boy survives the ditching but is separated from the rest of the passengers and crew and is picked up by a Japanese fisherman, who takes the boy back to his village.
The boy is befriended by the fisherman's son, but when they see Japanese police swarming over the village, they are afraid that they've done something wrong and run away, although the police are only searching for the missing boy.
Together the two boys travel through the Japanese countryside, trying to avoid the police who are searching for them and meeting up with many different kinds of people along the way.
Director: Robert Stevenson
Starring: David Hartman, Donald Sinden, Jacques Marin and Mako
Four turn of the century explorers embark on an airship expedition to the high artic. Where upon they find a lost colony of Vikings.
Into the Wild (2007)
Director: Sean Penn
Starring Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Nalone, Catherine Keener, Vince Vaughn, Brian H. Dierker, Hal Holbrook and Kristen Stewart
After graduating from Emory University in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 life savings to charity and hitchhikesto Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Director: Simon West
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Daniel Craig, Richard Johnson, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Noah Taylor, Chris Barrie and Leslie Phillips
English aristocrat Lara Croft is skilled in hand-to-hand combat and in the middle of a battle with a secret society. The shapely archaeologist moonlights as a tomb raider to recover lost antiquities and meets her match in the evil Powell, who's in search of a powerful relic.
Director: Jan de Bont
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Ciarán Hinds, Noah Taylor, Chris Barrie, Djimon Hounsou and Til Schweiger
Intrepid British archaeologist Lara Croft has made perhaps the most important archaeological discovery in history: an orb that leads to the mythical Pandora's Box.
Director: Henry Levin
Based on the novel by Jules Verne
Starring: Jamres Mason, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl, Diane Baker, Thayer David, Peter Ronson and Alan Napier
Professor Lindenbrook leads his intrepid party on an expedition to the centre of the earth, via a volcano in Iceland, encountering all manner of prehistoric monsters and life-threatening hazards on the way.
King Solomon's Mines (1950)
Directors: Compton Bennett and Andrew Marton
Based on the novel by H. Rider Haggard
Starring: Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger, Richard Carlson and Hugo Haas
Adventurer Allan Quartermain leads an expedition into uncharted African territory in an attempt to locate an explorer who went missing during his search for the fabled diamond mines of King Solomon.
Director: Michael Vejar
Starring: Richard Dean Anderson, Brian Blessed, Sophie Ward, Christian Burgess, Oliver Ford Davies and Tim Woodward
MacGyver and his former college professor begin by hunting for some artifacts attributed to Zenon, an ancient scientist from Atlantis, and later for the lost city of Atlantis itself.
Director: Mark Griffiths
Starring: Toran Cordell, Charles Napier, Alexandra Hedison, Víctor Rojas, Matthew Sullivan, Rick Dean, Ramsay Ross and Iris Peynado
12-year-old Max and his archaeologist father take a trip to Peru but, when they are accidentally separated, he is given a mysterious Incan mask that makes him a target for ruthless tomb raiders.
Mysterious Island (1961)
Director: Cy Endfield
Starring: Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan and Gary Merrill
During the US Civil War, Union POWs escape in a balloon and end up stranded on a South Pacific island, inhabited by giant plants and animals. They must use their ingenuity to survive the dangers, and to devise a way to return home.
Nim's Island (2008) (2008)
Directors: Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin
Based on the novel by Wendy Orr
Starring: Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler, Abigail Breslin and Michael Carman
Anything can happen on Nim’s Island, a magical place ruled by a young girl’s imagination. It is an existence that mirrors that of her favorite literary character - Alex Rover - the world’s greatest adventurer. But Alexandra, the author of the Rover books, leads a reclusive life in the big city.
When Nim’s father goes missing from their island, a twist of fate brings her together with Alexandra. Now, they must draw courage from their fictional hero, Alex Rover, and find strength in one another to conquer Nim’s Island.
Romancing the Stone (1984)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito and Zack Norman
Though she can spin wild tales of passionate romance, novelist Joan Wilder has no life of her own. Then one day adventure comes her way in the form of a mysterious package. It turns out that the parcel is the ransom she'll need to free her abducted sister, so Joan flies to South America to hand it over. But she gets on the wrong bus and winds up hopelessly stranded in the jungle - until she encounters Jack Colton, a man who could have stepped straight out of one of her novels.
Though his good looks and intrepid moves dazzle her, Joan quickly sees Jack for the cheap opportunist that he is. But he's all she's got, so together they journey out of the jungle, battling mudslides, druglords, crazed treasure-hunters - and each other.
Director: Robert Day
Based on the novel by H. Rider Haggard
Starring: Ursula Andress, Peter Cushing, John Richardson, Bernard Cribbens, Rosenda Monteros, Christopher Lee and André Morrell
An Edwardian archaeologist and two companions stumble upon a lost city in East Africa, run by a beautiful queen whose love holds the promise of immortality.
Director: Douglas Hickox
Starring: James Coburn, Susannah York, Robert Culp, Charles Aznavour, John Beck, Harry Andrews, Zouzou, Kenneth Griffith, Barbara Trentham and Simon Harrison
Businessman Jonas Bracken's life seems perfect until his wife Ellen and their children are kidnapped by terrorists.
After failed attempts by the police to get them back, Ellen's ex-husband enters the fray and enlists a crew of professional hang gliders to help him plan a rescue from the terrorists' mountain-top lair.
Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
Director: Ken Annakin
Starring: John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur and Janet Munro
A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island.
Treasure Island (1950)
Director: Byron Haskin
Starring: Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton, Basil Sydney and Walter Fitzgerald
Enchanted by the idea of locating treasure buried by Captain Flint, Squire Trelawney, Dr. Livesey and Jim Hawkins charter a sailing voyage to a Caribbean island. Unfortunately, a large number of Flint's old pirate crew are aboard the ship, including Long John Silver.
Director: Irwin Allen
Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Robert Sterling, Barbara Eden, Michael Ansara, Peter Lorre, Frankie Avalon, Regis Toomey and Mark Slade
Admiral Nelson takes a brand new atomic submarine through its paces. When the Van Allen radiation belt catches fire, the admiral must find a way to beat the heat or watch the world go up in smoke.
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