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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  12 July 1961 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Susan Hiller
Lt Cathy Connors
Comm. Lucius Emery
Miguel Alvarez
Lt (j.g.) Danny Romano
Dr. Jamieson
Vice-Adm. B.J. Crawford
Congressman Llewellyn Parker
Dr. Zucco
Skip Ward ...
Crew member
Seaman Jimmy 'Red' Smith
Charles Tannen ...
CPO Gleason
Del Monroe ...
Seaman Kowski (as Delbert Monroe)


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some perilous situations | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 July 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Journey to the Bottom of the Sea  »

Box Office


$1,580,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The fins at the rear of the "Seaview" resemble the tail fins of a 1961 Cadillac. See more »


When the underwater team tapping the telephone cable is attacked by the giant squid, one shot of the squid's tentacle plainly shows it being lowered from the top of the water just a few feet above. See more »


Sparks: U.S.O.S. Seaview calling Washington. Come in, Washington.
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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User Reviews

Great fun! Full of mystery
29 May 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

When i first saw this film on DVD i thought, wow! Its great, its got my favourite actress Joan Fontaine who is really good in it and i'm glad Irwin Allen considered her for the role because its a good movie for all these stars. This film was a major box office hit in 1961 and a big cult classic to this day. The sets have dated but thats part of the fun, its best viewed on DVD with the widescreen presentation. Walter Pidgeon is quite good as the captain and 'Jeannie' Barbara Eden is quite good in one of her first roles, i think. Frankie Avalon does a beautiful entry for the films title song. Its mystery and actually quite sad. The ending of the film came a big shock to me as the saboteur came out of the radioactive engine room. You'll never guess who it is!

Watch this film i highly recommend it, sure the story is quite far fetched but sit back and relax, this film has more intelligence and acting power than any new movie like 'Dude Wheres My Car' or American Pie. See this film for great veterans (Fontaine, Pidgeon, Peter Lorre!, Eden and Avalon). 10/10

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