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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)

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When the Earth is threatened by a burning Van Allen Radiation Belt, U.S. Navy Admiral Harriman Nelson plans to shoot a nuclear missile at the Belt, using his experimental atomic submarine, the Seaview.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Adm. Harriman Nelson
... Dr. Susan Hiller
... Lt Cathy Connors
... Comm. Lucius Emery
... Capt. Lee Crane
... Miguel Alvarez
... Lt (j.g.) Danny Romano
... Dr. Jamieson
... Vice-Adm. B.J. Crawford
... Congressman Llewellyn Parker
... Dr. Zucco
... Crew member
... Seaman Jimmy 'Red' Smith
... CPO Gleason
Del Monroe ... Seaman Kowski (as Delbert Monroe)


Admiral Nelson takes a brand new atomic submarine through its paces. When the Van Allen radiation belt catches fire, the admiral must find a way to beat the heat or watch the world go up in smoke. Written by <GM.Augusta@worldnet.att.net>

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Race from outer space to seven miles below the sea ... with amazing aquanauts of the deep !

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some perilous situations | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 July 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Irwin Allen's Production of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea  »


Box Office


$1,580,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,000,000, 31 December 1961
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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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O Nose glass was called Herculite. See more »


During the supposed 'crash dive' at the dock, a TV screen appears to show the MPs who had tried to enter the boat to stop them, struggling to stay swimming on the surface. This is supposedly from a camera on top of the sub, maybe even in the periscope or on the mast, but although they are supposedly 'crash diving', the camera remains stationary in its view of the swimming MPs. See more »


[last lines]
Admiral Nelson: Full speed for home, Lee.
Capt. Lee Crane: Aye, aye, sir.
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Edited into Wonder Woman: The Bermuda Triangle Crisis (1977) See more »


Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Sung by Frankie Avalon
Written by Russell Faith
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Thrilling and exciting submarine movie dealing with the Van Allen radiation that threatens Earth
19 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

As the trailer movie explains ¨In all the world of fact and fiction..There has never been an adventure like Irwin Allen's Voyage to the bottom of the sea . Prepare for the most exciting experience , you have ever a motion picture theatre¡ ¨ . This is a Sci-fi thriller in which Admiral Harriman Nelson (Walter Pidgeon) as the commander of an experimental, extraordinarily designed US sea sub called ¨Seaview¨ and as second-in-command captain Lee Crane (Robert Sterling) take on several hazards and risks that are threatening all life on Earth . They encounter in the Arctic that suffers from melting iceberg caused by a burning radiation belt called Van Allen . Nelson is called into rescue a castaway (Michael Ansara) trapped on the remaining of an ice floe . Later on , there appears a saboteur aboard and the atomic submarine sit races to set off the torpedoes which Adm. Harriman knows will explode the dangerous radiation.

Acceptable submarine movie blends adventure , action, intrigue , disaster spectacle, hokey fun ,suspense and emotional happenings with romance included . Our heroes incarnated by a throughly believable casting of the splendid character players get stuck in the ship before the world explodes , undertaking numerous adventures and suffering innumerable perils .It includes a series of interesting ideas that benefit from a decent screenplay and nice special effects to make regular-size Octopus seem like deep-sea giant. There are also mine fields, large squids and attacking sub courtesy of the flamboyant FX team . The protagonists spend most of their time devising intelligent ways for avoid to die from solar radiation . The underwater scenes , burning skies, explosion , pyrotechnics, floods are spectacular but the film is just another usual Hollywood product . High level all star cast as it stars Walter Pidgeon as efficient Nelson , Peter Lorre as his scientific assistant and Robert Sterling and Barbara Eden as intimate couple , plus the singer Frankie Avalon and the fanatic religious Michael Ansara and of course the attractive Joan Fontaine . Lively score musical fitting to action by Paul Sawtell and colorful cinematography by Winton C Hoch . Lavishly produced and directed by Irwin Allen who would go on filmmaking millionaire products as ¨The Poseidon adventure¨, ¨The towering inferno¨¨ and ¨Beyond of Poseidon¨ this picture is one of the last Allen's flops along with ¨Swarm¨and ¨When the time ran out¨ . It's followed by a successful and long running series , a TV show with the well known characters starred by Richard Basehart as Nelson and David Hedison as captain. Rating : Good family fare , acceptable and passable Sci-fi movie ; kids and teenagers will have a fine time.

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