Searching for the lost world of Atlantis, Prof. Aitken, his son Charles and Greg Collinson are betrayed by the crew of their expedition's ship, attracted by the fabulous treasures of ... See full summary »


Kevin Connor


Brian Hayles (screenplay)





Complete credited cast:
Doug McClure ... Greg Collinson
Peter Gilmore ... Charles Aitken
Shane Rimmer ... Captain Daniels
Lea Brodie ... Delphine
Michael Gothard ... Atmir
Hal Galili ... Grogan
John Ratzenberger ... Fenn
Derry Power ... Jacko
Donald Bisset Donald Bisset ... Professor Aitken
Ashley Knight Ashley Knight ... Sandy
Robert Brown ... Briggs
Cyd Charisse ... Atsil
Daniel Massey ... Atraxon


Searching for the lost world of Atlantis, Prof. Aitken, his son Charles and Greg Collinson are betrayed by the crew of their expedition's ship, attracted by the fabulous treasures of Atlantis. The diving bell destroyed, a deep sea monster attacks the boat. They are all dragged to the bottom of the sea where they meet the inhabitants of the lost continent, an advance alien race makes slaves of the ship-wrecked sailors. The aliens want to rule the human world to create a nazi state. Due to his high IQ, they think that Charles may join them. Greg and the team will need the help of Delphine, the daughter of a slave, to escape the city surrounded by evil creatures... Written by Christophe Tronche <>

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From the depth of space they came to vanish beneath the sea... See more »


Adventure | Fantasy


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Diving bell had open hatch to sea kept open with pressure in cabin for dives & diving bell moored itself onto an structure submerged. See more »


The phrase "emergency back-up system" wasn't in use in 1896, when this film takes place. See more »


Atmir: That is Troi, the third city. We can rest there.
Charles Aitken: The third city?
Greg Collinson: So what happened to one and two?
Atmir: They are lost beneath the waters of the outer limits....forever.
Captain Daniels: What, just to rot?
Atmir: All things decay. We control many things, but even we cannot make time stand still.
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Enjoyable underwater adventure
22 July 2004 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

Warlords of Atlantis was the fourth sci fi movie to be directed by Kevin Conner and starring Doug McClure.

In this one, McClure is a member of a party who are searching for the lost city of Atlantis. When he and Peter Gilmore go exploring in a diving bell, they are attacked by a sea serpent and then discover a large peace of gold. At the same time, a giant squid attacks the ship and several members of the party are whisked away in the squid's tentacles. The squid then attacks the diving bell and everyone ends up in Atlantis, where they are welcomed by its inhabitants. Gill men are used as slaves, as are humans. On the way to the upper reaches of the city, a monster attacks, but retreats back into the water when attacked back. The party are then sent to a dungeon, apart from Gilmore, who seems to know a lot of information the Atlanteans would like to share. This is where we learn the Atlanteans are actually from Mars. Two monsters then attack the city and McClure and the rest of the party escape, rescue Gilmore and manage to get back to the diving bell, despite being attacked by some rather unfriendly fish and more monsters, one of which eats a man. They get back to the ship, which is then attacked and sank by the giant squid. Through all of this, McClure falls in love with one of the human slaves, who also helps with the escape.

This movie also stars Shane Rimmer (The Spy Who Loved Me, The People That Time Forgot), musical star Cyd Charisse (Singin' In the Rain), Lea Brodie and Daniel Massey.

I find this movie rather enjoyable and have seen it several times. A treat.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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May 1978 (USA) See more »

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Warlords of the Deep See more »

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Gozo Island, Malta See more »

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EMI Films See more »
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1.85 : 1
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