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The Neptune Factor (1973)

G | | Sci-Fi | 3 August 1973 (USA)
When an underwater ocean lab is lost in a earthquake, an advanced submarine is sent down to find it and encounters terrible danger.

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Cmdr. Adrian Blake
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Dr. Samuel Andrews
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Chief Diver Don MacKay
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Dr. Leah Jansen
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Diver Bob Cousins
Chris Wiggins ...
Capt. Williams
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Dr. Hal Hamilton
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Diver Dave Moulton
Leslie Carlson ...
Brigs, Triton Radioman
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Dr. Norton Shepherd
David Renton ...
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Dobson
David Yorston ...
Diver Stephens
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Diver Thomas
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Aboard the R/V Triton, the Project Neptune team is doing oceanographic research. Director Andrews is trying to keep the research going in spite of opposition from Foundation Head Sheppard. Below on the ocean floor, in the Sealab, the team led by Hamilton is about to return to the surface when the Sealab is ripped loose from it's moorings and sent careening into a trench. Trapped too deep for divers, the only chance is rescue by a new US Navy mini-sub, piloted by the arrogant Cdr Blake USN. Blake, Chief Diver MacKay, Diver Cousins & Dr. Jansen (Hamilton's fiance) dive in the mini sub to attempt the rescue of the trapped Hamilton & crew. Written by Robb Mavins <rmavins@mb.sympatico.ca>

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3 August 1973 (USA)  »

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CAD 2,500,000 (estimated)
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Producer Sandy Howard consulted a large number of marine biologists, oceanographers, and ichthyologists two years prior to taking the script into production. See more »

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A black-suited diver is briefly shown assisting 2 others to depart from the lab in a mini-sub. He's not one of the characters, and disappears from the scene when the next diver (Yvette Mimieux) exits the lab to follow the sub. See more »

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It could have been so much better
17 September 2004 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

Oceanlab is an experimental station built atop an undersea mountain in the

North Atlantic somewhere off the coast of Canada. An earthquake strikes,

causing the lab to plunge into an unexplored abyss. Three men are trapped

aboard and they have only seven days of oxygen remaining.

After five days, the Oceanlab team is able to call in a retired naval officer, Commander Blake (Gazzara). Using his deep sea submersible "Neptune II," it

is hoped he can locate and rescue the men before they suffocate. The hope is a slim one; all contact with the lab was lost when the earthquake occurred. The submersible must face the hazards of deep sea travel, aftershocks, and some

very unexpected discoveries on the ocean floor.

The cast is unusually strong with Ernest Borgnine, Donnelly Rhodes, Yvette

Mimieux, and Walter Pigeon all putting in good performances. The special

effects are limited to model work for undersea shots, but the models are decent enough given the year of release. The film starts out well with the opening

score being particularly noteworthy. Unfortunately, once the submersible gets in the water, the viewer is taken for a rather dull ride for the bulk of the film. Suspense is largely absent. In lieu of pacing, the filmmakers subject the viewer to a lot of stock fish footage. While this was decent enough, it was overused and probably better suited to a nature documentary. Ultimately, the screenplay

needed some serious work. There is insufficient substance to make this work

even as a one hour Twilight Zone or Outer Limits episode. "The Neptune

Factor" otherwise possessed all of the elements necessary to make a successful and compelling adventure film.


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