Around the World in 80 Days (miniseries)

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Around the World in 80 Days
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Based on Around the World in 80 Days
by Jules Verne
Written by John Gay
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Starring Pierce Brosnan
Eric Idle
Julia Nickson
Theme music composer Billy Goldenberg
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 6
Executive producer(s) Renée Valente
Producer(s) Paul Baerwald
Cinematography Nicholas D. Knowland
Editor(s) David Beatty
Les Green
Peter Parasheles
Running time 266 minutes
Production company(s) Avala Film
Distributor Revelation Films
Original network NBC
Picture format 35 mm Spherical
Original release April 16, 1989 (1989-04-16)

Around the World in 80 Days is a 1989 three-part television Eastmancolor miniseries originally broadcast on NBC. The production garnered three nominations for Emmy awards that year. The teleplay by John Gay is based on the Jules Verne novel of the same title.


The plot centres around Phileas Fogg (Pierce Brosnan) making a £20,000 wager with three members of the Reform Club that he can circumnavigate the world in 80 days. He takes with him his newly employed French valet Passepartout (Eric Idle), and is pursued by Detective Wilbur Fix (Peter Ustinov) who mistakenly thinks Fogg robbed the Bank of England and is using the wager as a cover to escape capture.



Starring Pierce Brosnan as Phileas Fogg, Eric Idle as Passepartout, Julia Nickson as Princess Aouda, and Peter Ustinov as Detective Fix, the miniseries featured multiple cameo appearances, including Patrick Macnee, Simon Ward, and Christopher Lee as members of the Reform Club, and Robert Morley, who had a cameo in the 1956 film adaptation, and Roddy McDowall appear as officials of the Bank of England. Other familiar faces, credited as guest stars and in more substantial roles, include John Hillerman, Jack Klugman, Darren McGavin, Henry Gibson and John Mills.

The heroes travel a slightly different route than in the book, and the script makes several contemporary celebrities part of the story who were not mentioned in the book, such as Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Pasteur, Jesse James, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Empress Dowager Cixi, and Queen Victoria.


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