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The Neptune Factor (1973)

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 »


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Trivia

Both Ernest Borgnine and Yvette Mimieux would appear together again in the Disney Sci-Fi Movie "The Black Hole " 6 years later in 1979. See more »

Goofs

A black-suited diver is briefly shown assisting 2 others to depart from the lab in a mini-sub. He's not one of the characters, and disappears from the scene when the next diver (Yvette Mimieux) exits the lab to follow the sub. 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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Connections

Referenced in The Black Windmill (1974) See more »

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Ernest Borgnine is the best part of this sub-standard plot and fish-tank special effects.
12 August 2010 | by Stephen-682See all my reviews

Not a bad effort, really, given that the film was made during the age of Cousteau. Underwater filming of deep ocean life had not been accomplished. Now we know what it looks like way down there, so the fish tank 'special effects' really ruin the story. The first sight of a clown fish is like a slap in the face! The film becomes a comedy after that! But really, this is only because science education (as miserable as it may be) has advanced SO MUCH on television. Now we can sit on our sofa and watch animal planet to get a better seminar on deep ocean life than marine biologists of the day received! So, if you're looking for a top-notch special effects masterpiece, the toy sub floating in the Monterey Bay aquarium's fish tanks probably won't cut it. Nevertheless, it's an entertaining few minutes, anyway. I say, watch it and try to forget about reality for a while. Pretend you're TEN!


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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:

CAD2,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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