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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.

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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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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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Trivia

Over 2,000 sea animals imported from the waters adjacent to more than fifty countries were trained to act on cue in this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Leah Jansen is suffering the effects from going too deep we hear her talking through the ship's speakers. However when Cousins and MacKay rescue her we see her scuba gear has a standard mouthpiece and her face mask only covers her eyes and nose, all of which would prevent her from talking to the ship. See more »

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Dr. Leah Jansen: And those jawfish! The ones I've seen have been only two inches long. Look at them!
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It could have been so much better
17 September 2004 | by JHC3See all my reviews

Oceanlab is an experimental station built atop an undersea mountain in the

North Atlantic somewhere off the coast of Canada. An earthquake strikes,

causing the lab to plunge into an unexplored abyss. Three men are trapped

aboard and they have only seven days of oxygen remaining.

After five days, the Oceanlab team is able to call in a retired naval officer, Commander Blake (Gazzara). Using his deep sea submersible "Neptune II," it

is hoped he can locate and rescue the men before they suffocate. The hope is a slim one; all contact with the lab was lost when the earthquake occurred. The submersible must face the hazards of deep sea travel, aftershocks, and some

very unexpected discoveries on the ocean floor.

The cast is unusually strong with Ernest Borgnine, Donnelly Rhodes, Yvette

Mimieux, and Walter Pigeon all putting in good performances. The special

effects are limited to model work for undersea shots, but the models are decent enough given the year of release. The film starts out well with the opening

score being particularly noteworthy. Unfortunately, once the submersible gets in the water, the viewer is taken for a rather dull ride for the bulk of the film. Suspense is largely absent. In lieu of pacing, the filmmakers subject the viewer to a lot of stock fish footage. While this was decent enough, it was overused and probably better suited to a nature documentary. Ultimately, the screenplay

needed some serious work. There is insufficient substance to make this work

even as a one hour Twilight Zone or Outer Limits episode. "The Neptune

Factor" otherwise possessed all of the elements necessary to make a successful and compelling adventure film.


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