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Battle Beneath the Earth (1967)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 15 May 1968 (USA)
A Chinese general goes berserk and has a system of tunnels dug all the way from China to USA, under the Pacific Ocean! Wherever there is an important military base, he places atomic bombs. ... See full summary »

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Cmdr. Jonathan Shaw
Viviane Ventura ...
Tila Yung
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Adm. Felix Hillebrand
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Arnold Kramer
Al Mulock ...
Sgt. Marvin Mulberry
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Gen. Chan Lu
Peter Elliott ...
Dr. Kengh Lee
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Sgt. Seth Hawkins
John Brandon ...
Maj. Frank Cannon
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Lt. Cmdr. Vance Cassidy (as Edward Bishop)
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Col. Talbot Wilson
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Meg Webson
Paula Li Shiu ...
Dr. Arnn
David Spenser ...
Maj. Chai
Michael McStay ...
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A Chinese general goes berserk and has a system of tunnels dug all the way from China to USA, under the Pacific Ocean! Wherever there is an important military base, he places atomic bombs. US Navy soldiers go underground to repel the invaders. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Guerra bajo la tierra  »

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Last feature of Carl Jaffe. See more »

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In the opening scene in the police car the back projection is shown flipped so that all the store names read backwards. This is probably because the scenes were shot in Britain, who drive on the left, but set in the USA, who drive on the right. See more »

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Arnold Kramer: You fool! They're twenty years ahead of us! They've got tunneling machines! They're coming in under us and you sit there like an idiot!
Cmdr. Jonathan Shaw: Easy...
Arnold Kramer: Don't you understand they're after us? They're going to wipe us out!
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Communist Moles
22 April 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In Battle Beneath The Earth the never ending Communist plot has decided on a new tactic to take over America. They're going to tunnel their way in from Asia. After that it's just planting nuclear bombs in strategic places, military bases, large cities and they blow up a couple and dictate surrender to the survivors. Neat ain't it.

Interestingly enough at the time Battle Beneath The Earth came out it might have found a resonant audience because in the People's Republic Of China the Red Guard phenomenon was getting underway. Mao Tse-Tung turned on a whole lot of his comrades from the 1949 Revolution feeling that they had lost the zeal for change. The young people were those he placed his trust in and his guy for dealing with the old line Communists was a fellow named Lin Piao who met an untimely end a few years later after things really got out of hand.

The Chinese general played by Martin Benson who is doing all this tunneling, a Communist mole in a literal sense of the word could have been based on Lin Piao. But sad to say this film plays like one of those old Fu Manchu stories and those in fact were coming back somewhat with Christopher Lee doing some of those new films as well around the same time as this came out.

Peter Arne is the scientist who discovers the tunnels, something he wanted to work on for the west, but no one would let him. Kerwin Matthews handles the military end of stopping the Commies.

If you're taste runs to Fu Manchu, I suggest you watch the real deal instead of this.


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