Journey to the Center of the Earth

Original title: Voyage au centre de la Terre
English title: Journey to the Center of the Earth (wydawane także jako A Journey to the Centre of the Earth i A Journey into the Interior of the Earth)
Author(s): Jules Verne
Release year: 1864 (FR),
Publisher: Pierre-Jules Hetzel (FR)

Why in Database: Absolutely classic adventure book – with three fragments with mentions of turtles, all of them we quote below (translated by Frederick Amadeus Malleson):

Still my imagination carried me away amongst the wonderful speculations of palæontology. Though awake I fell into a dream. I thought I could see floating on the surface of the waters enormous chelonia, pre-adamite tortoises, resembling floating islands.

Hans wants to tack to get away from this dangerous neighbourhood; but he sees on the other hand enemies not less terrible; a tortoise forty feet long, and a serpent of thirty, lifting its fearful head and gleaming eyes above the flood.
Flight was out of the question now. The reptiles rose; they wheeled around our little raft with a rapidity greater than that of express trains. They described around us gradually narrowing circles. I took up my rifle. But what could a ball do against the scaly armour with which these enormous beasts were clad?
We stood dumb with fear. They approach us close: on one side the crocodile, on the other the serpent. The remainder of the sea monsters have disappeared. I prepare to fire. Hans stops me by a gesture. The two monsters pass within a hundred and fifty yards of the raft, and hurl themselves the one upon the other, with a fury which prevents them from seeing us.
At three hundred yards from us the battle was fought. We could distinctly observe the two monsters engaged in deadly conflict. But it now seems to me as if the other animals were taking part in the fray—the porpoise, the whale, the lizard, the tortoise. Every moment I seem to see one or other of them. I point them to the Icelander. He shakes his head negatively.
”Tva,” says he.
”What two? Does he mean that there are only two animals?”
”He is right,” said my uncle, whose glass has never left his eye.
”Surely you must be mistaken,” I cried.
”No: the first of those monsters has a porpoise’s snout, a lizard’s head, a crocodile’s teeth; and hence our mistake. It is the ichthyosaurus (the fish lizard), the most terrible of the ancient monsters of the deep.”
”And the other?”
”The other is a plesiosaurus (almost lizard), a serpent, armoured with the carapace and the paddles of a turtle; he is the dreadful enemy of the other.”

And leaving Hans to his work we started off together. The space between the water and the foot of the cliffs was considerable. It took half an hour to bring us to the wall of rock. We trampled under our feet numberless shells of all the forms and sizes which existed in the earliest ages of the world. I also saw immense carapaces more than fifteen feet in diameter. They had been the coverings of those gigantic glyptodons or armadilloes of the pleiocene period, of which the modern tortoise is but a miniature representative.

Source: Slavek_8, Developed: XYuriTT

The Tempest

Title: Burza
Title: The Tempest
Year: 2010
Director: Julie Taymor
Actors: Helen Mirren, Felicity Jones, Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand, Jude Akuwudike, Reeve Carney, David Strathairn, Tom Conti, Alan Cumming, Chris Cooper, Ben Whishaw, Alfred Molina, David Scott Klein, Bryan Webster
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA

Why in Database: A movie based on a Shakespeare play, the turtle (tortoise) is only mentioned in the dialogue, used as a term for someone who did not respond quickly enough to a call.

Come, thou tortoise!

Author: XYuriTT


Title: Antibirth
Year: 2016
Director: Danny Perez
Actors: Natasha Lyonne, Chloë Sevigny, Meg Tilly, Mark Webber, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, Emmanuel Kabongo, Neville Edwards, Morgan I. Bedard, Corey Pascall, Lili Francks, M.J. Dionne, Jessica Greco, Kevin Hoffman, Chad Gibbons, Spider Allen, Wayne St. George, Alyssa Carmichael, R. Carmichael
Genre: Comedy, Horror, SF, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA

Why in Database: The turtle only appears in this movie in dialogue. The main character, answering the question about superpower she would like to have, says that she would like to be able to change into any animal, including a turtle.

– I wanna be like that guy who had this. He was like that fucking guy who could turn into any animal he wanted, remember? Yeah, you had to have seen it, it was a show. Yeah, and so this fucking guy, he could be like a fucking turtle or a cheetah, you know? It was a show, right? But he, you know, just whenever you need it, man.
– This was a show?
– Oh, yeah. It was badass.
– Well, when exactly do you need to turn into a turtle? And what kind of trouble are you in that you need to be a turtle? I can see you being a cheetah.
– Sadie, what the fuck? What do you have against turtles, man? All kinds of fucking turtle trouble, you put on your stealth situation…

Author: XYuriTT

Dangerous Beauty

Title: Dangerous Beauty
Year: 1998
Director: Marshall Herskovitz
Actors: Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Oliver Platt, Fred Ward, Naomi Watts, Moira Kelly, Jacqueline Bisset, Jeroen Krabbé, Joanna Cassidy, Melina Kanakaredes, Daniel Lapaine, Justine Miceli, Jake Weber, Simon Dutton, Grant Russell, Peter Eyre, Carla Cassola, Gianni Musy
Genre: Biographical, Drama, Romance
Country: USA

Why in Database: The turtle appears only in the dialogue, one of the characters is giving the heroine an undefined drink and says, that it is a more comfortable method than a turtle shell – it is about preventing pregnancy, but I do not know the details, “what she meant”.

– It’s not infallible. It’s more comfortable than a turtle shell.

Author: XYuriTT

How I Fell in Love with a Gangster

Title: How I Fell in Love with a Gangster
Year: 2022
Director: Maciej Kawulski
Actors: Tomasz Wlosok, Aleks Kurdzielewicz, Antoni Królikowski, Agnieszka Grochowska, Magdalena Lamparska, Krystyna Janda, Klaudiusz Kaufmann, Eryk Lubos, Sebastian Fabijanski, Julia Wieniawa-Narkiewicz, Mikolaj Kubacki, Dawid Ogrodnik, Karol Bernacki, Janusz Chabior, Nikodem Chabior, Anita Poddebniak
Genre: Criminal, Drama
Country: Poland

Why in Database: The turtle only appears in the texts/dialogues in this movie. The very beginning of the film is a quote about the life of a turtle and a tiger (implicitly, a tiger has an interesting life, a turtle life is mayby longer, but boring). Later, the main character loosely repeats the same text, once in an extended form and once, addressing a policeman, in the very short form.


– And I think that it’s better to live one year as a tiger than 20 years as a turtle. I don’t wanna live like a turtle. I wanna be a tiger.

You’re a turtle. I’m a tiger.

Author: XYuriTT

Valdez is Coming

Title: Valdez is Coming
Year: 1971
Director: Edwin Sherin
Actors: Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Frank Silvera, Jon Cypher, Richard Jordan, Barton Heyman, Hector Elizondo, Phil Brown, Ralph Brown, Werner Hasselmann, Lex Monson, Sylvia Poggioli, José García García, María Montez, Juanita Penaloza, Marta Tuch, Juan , Rudy Ugland
Genre: Western
Country: USA

Why in Database: Turtle element appears only in the dialogue, when the main character is tied to the beams arranged in a cross, one of the characters tells him not to fall on his back, because he will be like a turtle (implicitly: he will not be able to get up on his own).

Hey, don’t fall on your back. You’ll be like a turtle.

Author: XYuriTT

The Code Legend of the Gamers

Title: The Code Legend of the Gamers
Year: 2007
Director: Thomas Fowler
Actors: Forrest Bowlick, Scottie Collins, Kyle England, Ryan Grassmeyer, Hannah Marie Hines, Lindsey Hopkins, Teal Jandrain, Andy Lacerte, Jessica Lightfoot, Mike Martinkus, Mallory McKenzie, Ben Mullen, Eric Olson, Chris Ott, Paul Rumrill, Matt Ryan, Jason Thomas, Jay Wallace
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA

Why in Database: One of the teams involved in the competition was called “The Turtles”, you can see that name once on the screen, it is also mentioned by commentators.

Author: XYuriTT

The Sopranos

Title: The Sopranos
Year: 1999-2007
Director: Allen Coulter
Actors: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Robert Iler, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Drea de Matteo, Aida Turturro, John Ventimiglia, Robert Funaro, Joe Pantoliano, Jerry Adler, Jason Cerbone, John Fiore, Andy Davoli
Genre: Criminal, Drama
Country: USA
Viewing method: Whole series

Why in Database: In one of the episodes, the eighth in the third season (He is Risen) turtles are mentioned in the dialogue – in the form of a delicacy/sweetness that heroine proposes to mans sitting on the couch. We have described some ads of sweets called “turtles” in our database, maybe that’s them.

– Anyone for a turtle?

Source: Jacek112, Developed: XYuriTT

The Fall of Hyperion

Title: The Fall of Hyperion
Author(s): Dan Simmons
Release year: 1990
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group

Why in Database: There is only one mention of the turtle in this book, in the name of the ship, HS Terrapin.

‘Transmissions from HS Niki Weimart, HS Terrapin, HS Cornet, and HS Andrew Paul have ceased,’ reporter Singh.

Source: Mossar, Developed: XYuriTT


Title: S.W.A.T.
Year: 2017-ongoing
Actors: Shemar Moore, Alex Russell, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, Jay Harrington, David Lim
David Lim, Patrick St. Esprit, Stephanie Sigman, Lou Ferrigno Jr., Peter Onorati, Amy Farrington, Deshae Frost, Bre Blair, Obba Babatundé, Otis Gallop, Rochelle Aytes, Laura James, Michael Beach
Genre: Action, Adventure, Criminal, Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Viewing method: Selected episodes

Why in Database: We found turtle elements in two episodes of this series. In the second episode of the first season (Cuchillo) the character of a criminal arrested for smuggling turtles appears, it is mentioned that he tried to smuggle turtles, attached with duct tape to his legs, therefore he is referred to by the heroes as “Reptile man” and “Turtle man”. When he is arrested, he is in a warehouse with various terrariums. He tells the people who are arresting him that the snake should be fed with two medium-sized rats and that the turtle has a very specific diet and he will write it down for them.

The second appearance is in Season 2, Episode 19 (Invisible), it is a figurine of turtles, standing in the backyard.

– Arrested LAX three days ago on a flight from Thailand smuggling exotic turtles strapped to his legs.

– Hondo, you got the One-Niner and Reptile Man.

– We talked to the manager; he’s gonna text me if Turtle Man shows up.

– He gets two medium rats, and the turtles need a very specific diet. I’ll-I’ll write it down for you.

Author: XYuriTT