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The Raiders of Atlantis (1983)
"I predatori di Atlantide" (original title)

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A team of scientists working to raise a sunken Russian nuclear submarine on an ocean platform off the coast of Miami, Florida, unearth an ancient Atlantean relic from the sea floor and ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Connelly ...
Mike Ross
Gioia Scola ...
Dr. Cathy Rollins (as Marie Fields in US version)
Tony King ...
Mohammed / Washington
Stefano Mingardo ...
Klaus Nemnez (as Mike Miller)
Ivan Rassimov ...
Bill Cook
Giancarlo Prati ...
Frank (as John Blade)
Bruce Baron ...
Crystal Skull
George Hilton ...
Professor Peter Saunders
Mike Monty ...
George (as Mike Monti)
Michele Soavi ...
James (as Michael Soavi)
Adriana Giuffrè ...
(as Audrey Perkins)
Maurizio Fardo ...
Larry Stoddard (as Morris Fard)
Lewis E. Ciannelli ...
Oil Rig Commander (as Benny Lewis)
John Vasallo ...
James Demby


A team of scientists working to raise a sunken Russian nuclear submarine on an ocean platform off the coast of Miami, Florida, unearth an ancient Atlantean relic from the sea floor and bring in an expert to make some sense of it. But while attempting to raise the sub, radioactive leakage from its missles triggers the re-emergence of Atlantis, and the resulting tidal wave destroys the platform and leaves only a small group of survivors. Rescued by two Vietnamvets-turned-heavies who are out relaxing after their latest job, their boat eventually runs aground on a Carribean island nearby where, upon going ashore, it is discovered that everything has been destroyed and everybody killed. The culprits, a vicious group of well-armed raiders, and their leader, Crystal Skull, are descendants of Atlantis' original race who set about reclaiming the world and adding the survivors to the list of victims as they struggle to stay alive and defeat the raiders and send Atlantis back to the ocean floor. Written by Paul Morris <>

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atlantis | island | miami florida | skull | sea | See more »


Action Unlike Any This Side of "Mad Max" and "Rambo"! See more »


Action | Sci-Fi


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25 November 1983 (Italy)  »

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Atlantis Interceptors  »

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Brilliant Deodato Fun!
3 August 2001 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is probably the best of Ruggerro Deodato's films. Starring Christopher Connelly, Tony King, Ivan Rassimov, and George Hilton, this post-apocalyptic thriller revolves around Mike (Connelly) and Washington (King), two Vietnam vets, who find themselves muddled up in a battle between good and the dark face of Atlantean evil.

When a team of scientists, led by Professor Peter Saunders (Hilton), attempt to raise a sunken Russian submarine off the coast of Miami, an ancient Atlantean tablet is recovered from the ocean floor. They call in Dr. Cathy Rollins, and expert in pre-Columbian dialects, to examine the artifact. During the attempt to bring up the sub, a tidal wave destroys the platform and leaves only a tiny group of survivors, including Saunders, Rollins, and Bill Cook (Ivan Rassimov). They are rescued by Mike and Washington, and after cruising around aimlessly for a day, hit an island off the Florida coastline. On going ashore, they find everything and anything has been destroyed, and a string of bodies have been left amongst the ruins. Coming face-to-face with the culprits, a viscous mob of Atlantean killers, led by their leader "Crystal Skull", Mike and the gang must find a way to escape before they too are added to the growing list of victims.

There is so much that makes this movie the classic that it is. Superb acting, an interesting if not exciting storyline, and brilliant effects combine to create this hard-to-find classic. Wonderful and often hilarious use of action scenes, including the gruesome decapitation of a motorcycle raider, and a hapless woman being shot in the throat with a dart. Also featuring an excellent soundtrack, this movie is a must-see for post-apocalyptic fans and even those who simply enjoy a great action flick.

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