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Director:
Writers:
Irwin Allen (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
12 July 1961 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Admiral Nelson takes a brand new atomic submarine through its paces. When the Van Allen radiation belt catches fire... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Oscar Winner Joan Fontaine Dead At Age 96
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R.I.P. Joan Fontaine
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Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea Can Be Yours On Blu-ray October 8th
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Before Roddenberry's Star Trek, there was Allen's "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" See more (63 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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
 
Stunts
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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Additional Details

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

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Trivia:
The fins at the rear of the "Seaview" resemble the tail fins of a 1961 Cadillac.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the TV displays in the Seaview, Captain Crane is shown approaching the open missile hatch from away from the camera, with the hatch shown open towards the camera. When they surface after the missile is fired, the hatch and Captain Crane are both in opposite directions from where the camera would be.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Admiral Nelson:Full speed for home, Lee.
Capt. Lee Crane:Aye, aye, sir.
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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Before Roddenberry's Star Trek, there was Allen's "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", 17 March 2008
Author: Blueghost from The San Francisco Bay Area

A solid piece of science fiction that's fairly dated, "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" was a film from the old school of exposition film making. Half docu-drama and half science-fiction, Allen's production makes an effort to mix the world of tomorrow, as it was perceived in the late 50s and early 60s, with then contemporary drama. The result is somewhat stilted, and immature in a very innocent sort of way, but worth a look if you need some vintage sci-fi on your screen.

The exposition of what Irwin Allen felt "the future" of scientific defense in the realm of the world's oceans feels like a Disney documentary. The drama almost seems as an afterthought to the technology being depicted (which I'm sure isn't too far off the mark), and doesn't really ever click in.

An egalitarian para-military that is the crew of the USOS Seaview, was no doubt an inspiration for the Star Trek franchise as it was first conceived, as were probably the scientific functions of a government vessel manned by what is ostensibly a crew serving aboard a vessel whose role is part defensive and part scientific. It is in this capacity that the story takes shape, and challenges sub and crew as the fate of mankind hangs in the balance.

Scientific loopholes abound: Ice floats (the breakup of an iceberg would not produce sinking chinks of ice), radiation doesn't catch fire (the Van Allen belt is speculated to be a result of USAF atmospheric nuclear tests in the 1950s), the most advanced attack subs today can not dive beyond 1300 feet, active sonar is rarely used, etc. etc. etc. But, if you can get by all that, and forgive some of the earlier film making stylings in this film, then it's worth a look.

It's not classic vintage sci-fi in the conventional sense, but one clearly sees how it influenced generations of sci-fi films to come afterwards, as well as spawning the eventual TV series that evolved from this film.

Give it a chance, but don't expect too much. If you're a younger viewer reading this review, then you'll probably get somewhat impatient with it. Even so, try to keep in mind the kind of film it is, and the time in which it was made.

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