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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)

 -  Adventure | Sci-Fi  -  12 July 1961 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Miguel Alvarez
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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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Rated PG for some perilous situations | See all certifications »

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Journey to the Bottom of the Sea  »

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The model and interior sets of the submarine cost producer Irwin Allen $400,000, so he was naturally quite keen to get some further use out of them. Since the film was a hit, he was able to convince ABC-TV to turn it into a series, which became the longest-running one he ever had. See more »

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When the Seaview is escaping from the UN subs, Crane orders Battle Stations. When the torpedo hits the sea-mount, we see a large group of men in the mess hall, with dishes clattering, and breaking. At battle stations, no one would be calmly eating in the mess hall. See more »

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Sparks: U.S.O.S. Seaview calling Washington. Come in, Washington.
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Sparks: Twenty-five hours of static in my ear. Man, I'm getting shell-shocked.
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Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea
Written by Russell Faith
Sung by Frankie Avalon
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smoke gets in your eyes
6 April 2004 | by (sparks nv) – See all my reviews

Walter Pidgeon leads fellow iconoclasts aboard a giant, futuristic (for 1961) submarine in a desperate race to save the world from firey oblivion. Another reviewer once commented that there was plenty of action but precious little logic in this film, but so what? If one views it as escapist nonsense, it's pretty enjoyable, even if the plot does get a little overheated (sorry, we couldn't resist) toward the end. Van Allen belt catching fire? Absurd. Three thousand foot crush depth for a Thresher-class attack sub? Ridiculous. But again, so what? The effects hold up pretty well, there's a solid cast including Peter Lorre (not his last film but clearly his days were numbered), Michael Ansara, and Frankie Avalon, who was thrown into the mix to attract a younger audience, and, of course, the giant octopus. The octopus scene was actually shot in reverse, since octopi are quite timid and this one could not be coaxed into attaching itself to the submarine for any usable length of time. Seriously though, in spite of bad science and stupendous leaps of questionable logic, "Voyage" is a better than average vintage sci-fi flick. Make a big bowl of popcorn and enjoy the ride!


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