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The Neptune Factor (1973)

G | | Sci-Fi | 3 August 1973 (USA)
When an underwater ocean lab is lost in a earthquake, an advanced submarine is sent down to find it and encounters terrible danger.

Director:

Daniel Petrie

Writer:

Jack DeWitt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Gazzara ... Cmdr. Adrian Blake
Walter Pidgeon ... Dr. Samuel Andrews
Ernest Borgnine ... Chief Diver Don MacKay
Yvette Mimieux ... Dr. Leah Jansen
Donnelly Rhodes ... Diver Bob Cousins
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins ... Capt. Williams
Michael J. Reynolds ... Dr. Hal Hamilton
Mark Walker ... Diver Dave Moulton
Leslie Carlson ... Brigs, Triton Radioman
Stuart Gillard ... Diver Phil Bradley
Ed McGibbon Ed McGibbon ... Dr. Norton Shepherd
David Renton David Renton ... Warrant Officer
Joan Gregson ... Dobson
David Yorston David Yorston ... Diver Stephens
Ken Pogue ... Diver Thomas (as Kenneth Pogue)
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Storyline

Aboard the R/V Triton, the Project Neptune team is doing oceanographic research. Director Andrews is trying to keep the research going in spite of opposition from Foundation Head Sheppard. Below on the ocean floor, in the Sealab, the team led by Hamilton is about to return to the surface when the Sealab is ripped loose from it's moorings and sent careening into a trench. Trapped too deep for divers, the only chance is rescue by a new US Navy mini-sub, piloted by the arrogant Cdr Blake USN. Blake, Chief Diver MacKay, Diver Cousins & Dr. Jansen (Hamilton's fiance) dive in the mini sub to attempt the rescue of the trapped Hamilton & crew. Written by Robb Mavins <rmavins@mb.sympatico.ca>

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THE MOST FANTASTIC UNDERSEA ODYSSEY EVER FILMED! See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conquest of the Deeps See more »

Filming Locations:

Cayman Islands See more »

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Budget:

CAD 2,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

More than forty technical consultants from the Canadian Armed Forces, the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, and the Royal Ontario Museum as well as representatives from industries involved in various aspects of the undersea world participated in the making of this film. See more »

Goofs

Actor David Yorston's characters name is spelled Stevens on his scuba gear and in the Closed Captions, but it's spelled Stephens in the end credits. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Leah Jansen: And those jawfish! The ones I've seen have been only two inches long. Look at them!
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There's nothing much more frightening than the sight of a ludicrously large Nemo.
29 April 2008 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

For a movie about a race against the clock to rescue a group of scientists trapped in an undersea research facility that's been hit by an earthquake, The Neptune Factor is incredibly dull. The problem is that for most of the movie, nothing happens. Ernest Borgnine (who I'll give a little credit as he does his best with this snoozer of a script), Ben Gazzara, and company spend most of the movie on a slow motion tour of the ocean floor looking for their missing colleagues. Garzzara is the worst, showing the same kind of emotion usually reserved for everyday, mundane tasks like doing the laundry or grocery shopping. You'd hardly know from his demeanor that the lives of three people rest in his hands. And when something does finally happen the special effects are so ridiculous looking that the movie losses any credibility it might have had. The "giant" sea creatures the rescuers run into are little more than normal salt water aquarium fish filmed with a zoom lens and a bad looking miniature of the submarine. That's right - The Neptune Factor looks like it was filmed in someone's home aquarium. A giant clown fish - oooooh, how scary! There's nothing much more frightening than the sight of a ludicrously large Nemo.

To say I was disappointed by The Neptune Factor would be a gross understatement. A good cast is put to waste with nothing to do. In the end, I've got to rate this one a 2/10.


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