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City in the Sea (1965)

War-Gods of the Deep (original title)
In 1903, in Cornwall, a group of locals discover an underwater city, dating back to 1803, that hides a society of smugglers and aquatic creatures.

Director:

Jacques Tourneur

Writers:

Charles Bennett (screenplay), Louis M. Heyward (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... The Captain, Sir Hugh
Tab Hunter ... Ben Harris
David Tomlinson ... Harold Tufnell-Jones
Susan Hart ... Jill Tregillis
John Le Mesurier ... Rev. Jonathan Ives
Henry Oscar ... Mumford (as Harry Oscar)
Derek Newark Derek Newark ... Dan
Roy Patrick ... Simon
Herbert the Rooster Herbert the Rooster ... Herbert the Rooster
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Storyline

Set on the Cornish coast in 1903, the film features a group of people discovering an underwater society of smugglers who never age living in a lost underwater city along with their gill-man slaves. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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They Became Pawns In A WAR Beneath The WAVES! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City in the Sea See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bruton Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Pathecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The destruction of the underwater city utilized stock footage from Atragon (1963). See more »

Goofs

In the final battle just before escaping out of the water, a Gill Men damages his costume and there you can see on his shoulder a bit of his black swimming suit. See more »

Quotes

The Captain: Atlantis? Perhaps; a name is as good as another.
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Crazy Credits

At cast credits' end: "And not to forget, Herbert!" [Harold's rooster] See more »

Connections

Featured in Space Probe Taurus (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Jill Found
Written and Conducted by Stanley Black
Performed by Stanley Black And His Orchestra
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Memorable B Movie
19 February 2008 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

From what I know about screen writing the more credited writers a film has the worse the narrative is supposed to be . I genuinely think this is nonsense and perhaps CITY UNDER THE SEA is proof of this . It's a movie that has three people involved in he screenplay but is far more entertaining and involving than a great number of films I've seen that have only one screenwriter

First of all let's get the bad points out of the way . You don't need a University degree to know that there's no volcanoes off the coast of Cornwall which seems to be included to set up the ending and the back story of the gillmen are conspicuous by its absence . Also if you're a fan of Poe and you watched this movie expecting it to be an accurate adaptation of one of his works then you'll almost certainly feel cheated . The casting of two American characters in two lead roles to appeal to an American market does seem forced , especially when you've already got a well known American actor as the film's villain . Hammer films didn't bow to this type of casting so I've no idea why it's done here

In fact CITY UNDER THE SEA plays very much like one of the better Hammer productions concentrating on atmosphere rather than gore . When the film concentrates on this aspect it is genuinely frightening as early in the film when one of the gillmen prowls around the house . I must have been about seven years old when I saw this scene and remember being terrified by it . I saw this scene again earlier today and was not disappointed which is a great compliment coming from me . It's a film that is not Oscar worthy but is great entertainment nonetheless


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