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City Beneath the Sea (1971)

A group of 21st-century colonists inhabit the underwater city called Pacifica. They find they must defend the city against hostile alien forces.

Director:

Irwin Allen

Writers:

John Meredyth Lucas (screenplay), Irwin Allen (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Whitman ... Admiral Matthews
Rosemary Forsyth ... Lia Holmes
Robert Colbert ... Commander Patterson
Burr DeBenning ... Aguila (as Burr De Benning)
Susana Miranda ... Elena
Paul Stewart ... Barton
Whit Bissell ... Professor Holmes
Richard Basehart ... the President
Joseph Cotten ... Dr. Ziegler
James Darren ... Dr. Talty
Sugar Ray Robinson ... Captain Hunter
Larry Pennell ... Bill Holmes
William Bryant ... Captain Lunderson (as Bill Bryant)
Robert Dowdell ... Young Officer (as Bob Dowdell)
Edward G. Robinson Jr. Edward G. Robinson Jr. ... Dr. Burkson
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Storyline

In the 21st-century, a former underwater scientific installation has been repurposed as a city, known as Pacifica to the colonists who inhabit it. Now the U. S. government has plans to store the Ft. Knox gold reserves there, along with a fantastic new radioactive element. But, someone has plans of stealing the gold, and to make matters worse;, the city faces imminent destruction by an asteroid heading towards it. Written by <darkobserver@hotmail.com>

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Theirs was the most dangerous mission in history . . . to save the world from total destruction!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Irwin Allen's production of City Beneath the Sea See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The main set, Tritan Control, was re-dressed, painted black and used as the Ape Training Center in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972). See more »

Goofs

In the fight scene between Adm. Matthews and Brett in the vault, Brett is thrown against a pile of gold bars, but the entire pile can be seen to start tipping over. Solid gold bars would be too heavy to be pushed over this way. Also, the pile tips without any individual blocks moving out of place, revealing this to be a prop wall, probably made of wood. All the other piles did not topple when pushed against. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: JUNE 12, 2053 THE ATLANTIC OCEAN

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Remake of City Beneath the Sea (1969) See more »

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Busted Pilot
14 February 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This was one of the few flops that Irwin Allen had during his days in television. This film was supposed to be the latest of Allen's science fiction series. Unfortunately, it didn't work. However, it was a good premise. People moving to a city under the Pacific Ocean to not only do research, but to create a whole new society. It also was a nice little caper film due to the sub plot of the gold heist in the backdrop of the main story of the title city's impending doom from the onrushing planetoid. This truly was a lost gem of television. Too bad it never made it as a series.

Also, isn't it ironic that Richard Basehart is playing the president in this film? Of course, he played Admiral Nelson on Allen's biggest hit series, the similarly themed "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea".


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