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
When the bomb is released - it results in the sound that the batmobile makes when it powers up. See more »
The route that Seaview takes to get to N 15 E 143 is around Cape Horn and into the Pacific from the tip of South America. Such a route is approximately 17000 Nautical miles and Seaview would need to sustain a speed of advance of more than 45 knots in order to reach the firing point within the 16 day window. A much shorter route could be had by the Northern route through Baffin Bay in Canada and back through the North Polar region. This route is approximately 9700 NM, almost half the distance. By the time Seaview returned to the North Pole region, ice would no longer be a factor, having already melted from the heat. See more »
Well, Lee, it's been a long, tough haul from conception to execution, but, my boy, we've done it.
Capt. Lee Crane:
*You've* done it, sir. You know, it bears out what you taught us at Annapolis: that "The wild dreams of today are the practical realities of tomorrow."
I'm glad you remembered one of my more temperate quotes. Some of our colleagues haven't been quite so diplomatic.
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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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