When a spaceship lands on the moon, it is hailed as a new accomplishment, before it becomes clear that a Victorian party completed the journey in 1899, leading investigators to that mission's last survivor.
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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
On a Congressional tour of the submarine "Seaview", Admiral Nelson mentions that there are things on the sub that even Jules Verne had not imagined. The next person they meet is Commodore Lucius Emery, played by Peter Lorre, who was Prof. Pierre Arronax's assistant Conseil on the Walt Disney version of the Verne classic "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)), about a 19th-century submarine. See more »
According to the dialogue, the Seaview has been underway from New York for 25 hours when its location is put off Cape de Sao Roque, in Brazil - a distance of at least 3000 miles. It is not possible that the sub could have crossed that distance in so short a time (and if it could do so, it wouldn't take them 16 days to reach the Marianas from New York, as Admiral Nelson says he requires). 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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