City Beneath the Sea (1971)

TV Movie  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi  |  25 January 1971 (USA)
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A group of 21st-century colonists inhabit an underwater city called Pacifica. They find that they must defend their city against hostile alien forces.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Admiral Matthews
Lia Holmes
Robert Colbert ...
Commander Patterson
Burr DeBenning ...
Aguila (as Burr De Benning)
Susana Miranda ...
Professor Holmes
the President
Dr. Ziegler
Dr. Talty
Sugar Ray Robinson ...
Captain Hunter
Bill Holmes
William Bryant ...
Captain Lunderson (as Bill Bryant)
Robert Dowdell ...
Young Officer (as Bob Dowdell)
Edward G. Robinson Jr. ...
Dr. Burkson


A group of 21st-century colonists inhabit an underwater city called Pacifica. Originally intended as a purely scientific installation, the U. S. government wants to stash all its gold reserves from Fort Knox there, along with a fantastic new radioactive element. The brother of Pacifica's returning former commander plans to steal the gold and on top of that, the city faces destruction by an asteroid from outer space. Written by <>

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Theirs was the most dangerous mission in history . . . to save the world from total destruction!


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25 January 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La ciudad bajo el mar  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The actress credited as "Sheila Matthews", who plays Blonde Woman, is actually Irwin Allen's wife, Sheila Allen. See more »


In the opening of the movie, the drilling rig is shown being destroyed in the Atlantic Ocean yet Dr. Talty later says it was destroyed off the Texas coast. Unless the Texas border has vastly expanded in the time setting of the movie, Texas has no Atlantic Ocean coast. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: JUNE 12 2053 THE ATLANTIC OCEAN



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Special effects winner
9 June 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this film in 1971 on KING-TV in Seattle as a kid, I had no idea it had won an Emmy for best special effects or that the screenplay had been written by Star Trek producer John Meredyth Lucas.

All I knew was that it was a wonderfully clean and futuristic looking film, with lots of action and exciting situations. For fans of Irwin Allen's previous TV shows, it's a treasure house of familiar faces and reused props. James Darren, Robert Colbert and Whit Bissell are here from "Time Tunnel," as is Richard Basehart and Robert Dowdell from "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea." The glowing red planetoid, which still looks fantastic as it approaches the Earth, had previously been a glowing GREEN planetoid used for "Land of the Giants". Even the main title music for this film is background music from "Land of the Giants". The opening shots of the flying sub (stock footage from Voyage) is straight from the negative, and looks incredible. The film also boosts many new effects as well and impressive sets. It would have been a great TV series, something more ambitious for the early 1970s than "Invisible Man" or "Six Million Dollar Man". A fun ride.

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