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Fathom (1967)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy | 9 August 1967 (USA)
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In Spain, an American skydiver is recruited by Western intelligence agents to recover a lost atomic bomb detonator from hostile foreign agents.

Writers:

Lorenzo Semple Jr. (screenplay), Larry Forrester (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Franciosa ... Peter Merriwether (as Tony Franciosa)
Raquel Welch ... Fathom Harvill
Ronald Fraser ... Colonel Campbell
Richard Briers ... Timothy
Greta Chi ... Jo-May
Tom Adams ... Mike
Elizabeth Ercy ... Ulla
Ann Lancaster Ann Lancaster ... Mrs. Trivers
Tutte Lemkow ... Mehmed
Reg Lye ... Mr. Trivers
Clive Revill ... Serapkin
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Storyline

In southern Spain with a U.S. team, skydiver Fathom Harvill (Raquel Welch) is approached by Colonel Douglas Campbell (Ronald Fraser), who is working for a top-secret Western agency. He's after a vital lost atomic device, and wants her to parachute into a house occupied by some Red Chinese Agents to help get the thing back. Apart from all of this, there is a predatory continental doctor on his yacht to take account of. Fathom soon realizes nothing is what it seems to be. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The world's most uncovered undercover agent! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The aircraft used on-screen are; DH.89A Dragon Rapide (twin engine biplane G-ALAX) from which Fathom Harvill (Raquel Welch) makes her first jump. Cessna 172 (G-ATSL) from which she makes her jump into Merriwether's villa. A Hughes TH-55 Hellicopter in which Peter Merriwether (Anthony Francoisa) chases the escaping speed boats. A Piper Cherokee 140 (G-ASIL) in which Merriwether chases Colonel Douglas Campbell (Ronald Fraser) and Timothy (Richard Friers) along with Fathom in the Cessna 172 (G-ATSL noted earlier). All aircraft shown carry the "G" aircraft registration prefix indicating they are of United Kingdom registry. See more »

Goofs

In the first moments of the shot where Fathom walks down the steps in her bikini, she is standing still on one step, and the people below are also standing largely motionless, all obviously awaiting their cues to start the action. See more »

Quotes

Peter Merriwether: [joking with Fathom] I believe you're kidding on the square.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'U' rating. All cuts were waived in 2006 when the film was granted a 'U' certificate for home video. See more »


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Bullring
Written and Conducted by John Dankworth
Performed by The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra
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A 60's Lark
4 August 2003 | by LynxMatthewsSee all my reviews

Welch looks good in this, to be sure. But she also carries across the oddball charm this movie is attempting to convey. She looked good in Bedazzled and Myra Breckinridge as well, but wasn't given much to do. Here she gets some good dialogue to parry the men with, and she comes across as an exciting heroine that unlike Flynt or Matt Helm, should have been given more than one movie to do her thing. This film is very reminiscent of the more whacked-out Modesty Blaise. Just a little funnier. One could also find the roots of the current Charlie's Angels flix in this movie, albeit without the battering music.

Leslie H. Martinson is a director who should be studied more closely. He did so many TV shows, it would be easy to dismiss him as style-free. But from what I've seen (Hot Rod Girl, PT 109, Batman) he uses simplicity in his favor, and makes good little movies that stick with you.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,225,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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