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Battle Beneath the Earth (1967)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi , Thriller | 15 May 1968 (USA)
A Chinese general goes berserk and has a system of tunnels dug all the way from China to USA, under the Pacific Ocean! Wherever there is an important military base, he places atomic bombs. ... See full summary »

Director:

Montgomery Tully

Writers:

Charles F. Vetter (story) (as L.Z. Hargreaves), Charles F. Vetter (original screenplay) (as L.Z. Hargreaves)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kerwin Mathews ... Cmdr. Jonathan Shaw
Viviane Ventura ... Tila Yung
Robert Ayres ... Adm. Felix Hillebrand
Peter Arne ... Arnold Kramer
Al Mulock Al Mulock ... Sgt. Marvin Mulberry
Martin Benson ... Gen. Chan Lu
Peter Elliott Peter Elliott ... Dr. Kengh Lee
Earl Cameron ... Sgt. Seth Hawkins
John Brandon John Brandon ... Maj. Frank Cannon
Ed Bishop ... Lt. Cmdr. Vance Cassidy (as Edward Bishop)
Bill Nagy ... Col. Talbot Wilson
Sarah Brackett ... Meg Webson
Paula Li Shiu Paula Li Shiu ... Dr. Arnn
David Spenser David Spenser ... Maj. Chai
Michael McStay Michael McStay ... Bomb Train Commander
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A Chinese general goes berserk and has a system of tunnels dug all the way from China to USA, under the Pacific Ocean! Wherever there is an important military base, he places atomic bombs. US Navy soldiers go underground to repel the invaders. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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The Greatest Adventure on Earth...Is Under It! See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guerra bajo la tierra See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Released on DVD in the United States in 2008 paired with The Ultimate Warrior (1975). See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene in the police car the back projection is shown flipped so that all the store names read backwards. This is probably because the scenes were shot in Britain, who drive on the left, but set in the USA, who drive on the right. See more »

Quotes

Arnold Kramer: You fool! They're twenty years ahead of us! They've got tunneling machines! They're coming in under us and you sit there like an idiot!
Cmdr. Jonathan Shaw: Easy...
Arnold Kramer: Don't you understand they're after us? They're going to wipe us out!
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Edited into Out of this World Super Shock Show (2007) See more »

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What If Ed Wood Had A Budget?
24 August 2013 | by Scott_MercerSee all my reviews

So many opportunities to laugh at this film. Where does one begin? European actors in "yellowface" playing the bad guy renegade Chinese army. (Let's see here -- the bad guy in his lair always has an eccentric pet with him -- okay the guy has a parrot! Check that off the list!)

A film obviously made in Britain pretending to be a Hollywood film, which takes place in Las Vegas (unconvincing cardboard set inside a sound stage, plus some actual second unit stock footage), San Diego (England), Oregon (England again) and Hawaii (more stock footage, plus various underground tunnels (more paper mache sets in a sound stage).

Comically fake nuclear bombs. Laser guns mounted on bulldozers. Giant spinning tape reel computer banks...no wait, those were real at that time.

Bad directing, jump cuts, dropped frames, one establishing shot where the camera drops off the tripod. Awkward staging. Hokey dialog. The whole plot totally ridiculous. Well, it is like a live action comic book. So why should I take any bit of it seriously? Well, the characters seem to be dead serious about the whole enterprise. (That's good. True camp does not work if you give a "nod and a wink" to the audience...though that one scene with the slot machines in the mental hospital was perhaps a bit over the line...)

Yes, fans of The Batman or Green Hornet TV shows of this time period will be right at home here. Plenty of bright primary colors, swish pan transitions, and blaring cool-daddyo-jazz soundtrack. It's all here for the fan of 1960's camp and Cold War pop culture kitsch to treasure as an endemic artifact of its time, the likes of which we may never see again.

Thank goodness.


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