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The Atomic Submarine (1959)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 29 November 1959 (USA)
Ships mysteriously disappear on route across the Arctic Sea, and a specially-equipped submarine is sent to investigate.

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Lt. Cmdr. Richard 'Reef' Holloway
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Cmdr. Dan Wendover
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Dr. Carl Neilson Jr.
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Sir Ian Hunt
Paul Dubov ...
Lt. David Milburn
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CPO 'Grif' Griffin
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Dr. Clifford Kent
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Julie
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Adm. Terhune
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Justin Murdock
Jean Moorhead ...
Helen Milburn
Richard Tyler ...
Frogman Carney
Kenneth Becker ...
Frogman Powell (as Ken Becker)
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Yeoman Chester Tuttle
Frank Watkins ...
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Storyline

In the far and distant future of 1968, many ships and planes are crossing the North pole to transport passengers and cargo. However lately more than eight ships and seven submarines have vanished mysteriously. The Tigershark is sent out to investigate their whereabouts and - if possible - remove the cause of their disappearance. But the life form Commander Vandover and his crew encounter may be too powerful even for their weapons of newest technology... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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When U.S.A. Killer Subs meet a ruthless power in the icy depths of a Polar Sea! See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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29 November 1959 (USA)  »

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The Atomic Sub  »

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$135,000 (estimated)
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(Ryder Sound Services)
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Final film of Jack Mulhall. See more »

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After the Tiger Shark rigs for "silent running," they continue to communicate over the loud speakers. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: It was foolish. It was insane. It was fantastic.
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Don't believe the incredible low rating...it IS quite enjoyable.
23 January 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Atomic Submarine" is rather surprisingly a release from the super-intellectual Criterion Collection. This surprised me, though after seeing it, I could see that the film was a very good B-movie--and there was a lot to admire.

The film begins by learning that various ships entering the Arctic region have been lost--so many that the government is sending their top submarine there to investigate. This ship discovers something that no one had anticipated...and I won't say more because I don't want to spoil the suspense--and there is quite a bit.

This film has several deficits--mostly due to its very low budget. Because they could not afford tons of special effects, a few shortcuts were used. Stock footage (often a bit grainy) of ships sinking, a rather silly creature near the end and sets that looked more like sets than a sub are all things you are bound to notice. And, the script is occasionally a bit clichéd. But, on the other hand, the film is pretty exciting and seemed to get the most out of its low budget and short filming schedule. Plus, the story underneath it all was quite creative and great. Clever and well worth seeing.


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