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Release Date:
12 July 1961 (USA) See more »
Race from outer space to seven miles below the sea ... with amazing aquanauts of the deep !
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Beautifully Filmed Movie See more (67 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Walter Pidgeon ... Adm. Harriman Nelson

Joan Fontaine ... Dr. Susan Hiller

Barbara Eden ... Lt Cathy Connors

Peter Lorre ... Comm. Lucius Emery

Robert Sterling ... Capt. Lee Crane

Michael Ansara ... Miguel Alvarez

Frankie Avalon ... Lt (j.g.) Danny Romano

Regis Toomey ... Dr. Jamieson

John Litel ... Vice-Adm. B.J. Crawford

Howard McNear ... Congressman Llewellyn Parker

Henry Daniell ... Dr. Zucco
Skip Ward ... Crew member

Mark Slade ... Seaman Jimmy 'Red' Smith
Charles Tannen ... CPO Gleason
Del Monroe ... Seaman Kowski (as Delbert Monroe)
Anthony Monaco ... Cookie
Michael Ford ... Crew member

Robert Easton ... Sparks
Jonathan Gilmore ... Seaman George Young
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Adams ... Crew Member (uncredited)
Art Baker ... UN Commentator (uncredited)
Robert Buckingham ... Crew Member (uncredited)
Charles Dierkop ... Pilot of the Seaview (uncredited)
George Diestel ... Lt. Hodges (uncredited)
John Giovanni ... Italian Delegate (uncredited)
Larry Gray ... Dr. Newmar (uncredited)
William Herrin ... Crew Member (uncredited)
Kendrick Huxham ... UN Chairman (uncredited)
David McLean ... Ned Thompson (uncredited)
Jimmy Murphy ... Crew Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Irwin Allen 
Writing credits
Irwin Allen (screenplay) and
Charles Bennett (screenplay)

Irwin Allen (story)

Produced by
Irwin Allen .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
Bert Shefter 
Cinematography by
Winton C. Hoch  (as Winton Hoch)
Film Editing by
George Boemler 
Art Direction by
Herman A. Blumenthal 
Jack Martin Smith 
Set Decoration by
Walter M. Scott 
John Sturtevant 
Costume Design by
Paul Zastupnevich 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ad Schaumer .... assistant director
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Warren B. Delaplain .... sound
Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Johnny Hagner .... stunts (uncredited)
Zale Parry .... underwater stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Lamb .... underwater cinematographer
Music Department
Max Reese .... orchestrator
Victor Arno .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Pete Carpenter .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Milton Raskin .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... conductor (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jim Martell .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Al Gail .... assistant to producer
Fred Zendar .... technical advisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"The Global Crisis" - Japan (English title)
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Rated PG for some perilous situations
105 min
Color (DeLuxe) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:G | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Sweden:11 | UK:U | USA:PG | USA:Approved (certificate #19888) (original rating) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

When the "Seaview" begins its first dive there is a continual low background sound that sounds just like the martian ship sound in the original War of the Worlds just prior to their firing their weapon.See more »
Factual errors: When the Seaview is being fired upon by the other sub, there are several shots of cooks and crewmen being tossed around in the galley. However, when the attack began the captain ordered the crew to battle stations. At that point, everyone would be at their duty stations; no one would be lounging around eating.See more »
Admiral Nelson:Alvarez... are you saying that Man must accept destruction even though it's in his power to prevent it?
Alvarez:It's not for us to judge, Admiral.
Admiral Nelson:Not to judge, maybe; but we can reason. If God ordains that Man should die without a fight, then why does He give us the will to live?
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22 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A Beautifully Filmed Movie, 4 June 2005
Author: ryon-2 from Portland, Oregon USA

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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