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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)

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When the Earth is threatened by a burning Van Allen Radiation Belt, US Navy Admiral Harriman Nelson plans to shoot a nuclear missile at the Belt using his experimental atomic submarine, the Seaview.

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Dr. Susan Hiller
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Lt Cathy Connors
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Comm. Lucius Emery
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Miguel Alvarez
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Lt (j.g.) Danny Romano
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Dr. Jamieson
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Vice-Adm. B.J. Crawford
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Congressman Llewellyn Parker
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Dr. Zucco
Skip Ward ...
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Seaman Jimmy 'Red' Smith
Charles Tannen ...
CPO Gleason
Del Monroe ...
Seaman Kowski (as Delbert Monroe)
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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. Written by <GM.Augusta@worldnet.att.net>

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Race from outer space to seven miles below the sea ... with amazing aquanauts of the deep !


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Rated PG for some perilous situations | See all certifications »

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12 July 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Journey to the Bottom of the Sea  »

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$1,580,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Control rm is fwd of the Sail thus periscope is video feed to actual periscope in Sail mounted aft of Control Rm for both movie & TV Seaviews. See more »

Goofs

In the TV displays in the Seaview, Captain Crane is shown approaching the open missile hatch from away from the camera, with the hatch shown open towards the camera. When they surface after the missile is fired, the hatch and Captain Crane are both in opposite directions from where the camera would be. See more »

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[last lines]
Admiral Nelson: Full speed for home, Lee.
Capt. Lee Crane: Aye, aye, sir.
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Edited into Wonder Woman: The Bermuda Triangle Crisis (1977) See more »

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Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea
Written by Russell Faith
Sung by Frankie Avalon
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A Beautifully Filmed Movie
4 June 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon USA) – See all my reviews

I had ordered Voyage to The Bottom of The Sea on DVD and at 3:00 in the morning I found myself watching it. Okay, the idea of the Van Allen radiation belt catching on fire is silly, but it's just the premise for a really good sci-fi adventure film that I wish I could've seen in the theaters on a wide screen. But the rich colors on the DVD and Dolby sound is a good substitute for the real thing.

In looking at it, I can't help but compare the movie with the series that followed as there are some of the actors from the movie who ended up in the show. Seeing this Lee Crane constantly arguing and second-guessing Admiral Nelson is a little disturbing, yet the movie inspired one of the best sci-fi series of the '60s. And the movie itself, like Fantastic Voyage, shows great creativity. Irwin Allen is always being underestimated by people with 60 second attention spans, but this movie shows how much of a creative artist that Allen was.

I gladly give this movie 8/10


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