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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.

Director:

Irwin Allen

Writers:

Irwin Allen (screenplay), Charles Bennett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Pidgeon ... Adm. Harriman Nelson
Joan Fontaine ... Dr. Susan Hiller
Barbara Eden ... Lt Cathy Connors
Peter Lorre ... Comm. Lucius Emery
Robert Sterling ... Capt. Lee Crane
Michael Ansara ... Miguel Alvarez
Frankie Avalon ... Lt (j.g.) Danny Romano
Regis Toomey ... Dr. Jamieson
John Litel ... Vice-Adm. B.J. Crawford
Howard McNear ... Congressman Llewellyn Parker
Henry Daniell ... Dr. Zucco
Skip Ward ... Crew member
Mark Slade ... Seaman Jimmy 'Red' Smith
Charles Tannen ... CPO Gleason
Del Monroe Del Monroe ... Seaman Kowski (as Delbert Monroe)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

12 July 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,580,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,000,000, 31 December 1961
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Irwin Allen Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

"Seaview's" glass nose was originally to be two-stories but budgetary restraints didn't allow for it. In the TV series' second season, the model was altered to have two large forward view ports rather than the eight small ones on the movie and first season version. The second story of the nose wasn't actually constructed but a new hatch in the floor indicated that the second story was the Flying Sub bay. The underside of the nose was also quite different. It featured a new bulge with huge hangar-like doors for launching the Flying Sub. See more »

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There are two Van Allen belts, in regions symmetrical about the equator. The inner one is several hundred kilometers above the Earth's surface, well above the atmosphere. They are regions consisting of gyrating electrons and protons about the geomagnetic field; there is no possibility for "combustion," such as with oxygen, as the electrons and protons would merely bump into the atoms with minor effects. An atmosphere would also interfere with the gryrations and prevent the accumulation of electrons and protons. See more »

Quotes

Sparks: U.S.O.S. Seaview calling Washington. Come in, Washington.
[pause]
Sparks: Twenty-five hours of static in my ear. Man, I'm getting shell-shocked.
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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Sung by Frankie Avalon
Written by Russell Faith
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A Beautifully Filmed Movie
4 June 2005 | by ryon-2See all my reviews

I had ordered Voyage to The Bottom of The Sea on DVD and at 3:00 in the morning I found myself watching it. Okay, the idea of the Van Allen radiation belt catching on fire is silly, but it's just the premise for a really good sci-fi adventure film that I wish I could've seen in the theaters on a wide screen. But the rich colors on the DVD and Dolby sound is a good substitute for the real thing.

In looking at it, I can't help but compare the movie with the series that followed as there are some of the actors from the movie who ended up in the show. Seeing this Lee Crane constantly arguing and second-guessing Admiral Nelson is a little disturbing, yet the movie inspired one of the best sci-fi series of the '60s. And the movie itself, like Fantastic Voyage, shows great creativity. Irwin Allen is always being underestimated by people with 60 second attention spans, but this movie shows how much of a creative artist that Allen was.

I gladly give this movie 8/10


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