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City Beneath the Sea (1971)

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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Failed pilot for a show that was meant to replace Star Trek after it got canceled. In the future, humans and humanoid amphibians live in cities beneath the sea. Matthews and the crew of his sub Titan must save their city from a saboteur.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Admiral Matthews
Lia Holmes
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
Captain Lunderson (as Bill Bryant)
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 <darkobserver@hotmail.com>

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


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Release Date:

25 January 1971 (USA)  »

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Irwin Allen's production of City Beneath the Sea  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Burr DeBenning, who played the water-breathing Aguila, would play a similar role in Man from Atlantis (1977), as a water-breathing alien who fought the title character in the episode "The Death Scouts". See more »


In the fight scene between Adm. Matthews and Brett in the vault, Brett is thrown against a pile of gold bars, but the entire pile can be seen to start tipping over. Solid gold bars would be too heavy to be pushed over this way. Also, the pile tips without any individual blocks moving out of place, revealing this to be a prop wall, probably made of wood. All the other piles did not topple when pushed against. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: JUNE 12, 2053 THE ATLANTIC OCEAN



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The wannabe that could have been a pioneer.
30 June 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Why that dramatic remark! Simply because "City Beneath the Sea" was the only scifi movie/series pilot like it ever really developed for television. Everyone else was exploring the final frontier of space. The space age was booming, Skylab and the Shuttle right around the corner, why think about the future one could build underwater? Who would go for that? Irwin Allen did, and unfortunately no one really gave a damn because with the effort (pre-conception reel, all star cast etc.) lavsihed on "City Beneath the Sea", it deserved more attention than it got. I won't waste time giving a synopsis, others have done so very well with that, and yes I do realize how dated this movie is but I would love to have seen the continual adventures of the 21st century underwater city denizens, how their culture developed, their issues, and the intrigue. The 80's and 90's gave us horrid movies like "Deep Star Six", "Leviathan" and the schitzophrenic but likeable "Seaquest DSV" for underwater thrills when all we really needed was a fertile and stable base to work with, like Pacifica "the" City Beneath the Sea.

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