Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Walter Pidgeon plays the designer and builder of a nuclear submarine called upon to fire its missiles on the Van Allen radiation belt to put out the fire raging there that threatens to incinerate the earth in this deep-sea adventure. Irwin Allen directs; Robert Sterling, Joan Fontaine, Michael Ansara, Barbara Eden and Peter Lorre co-star; and Frankie Avalon (who also has a small role in the film) sings the theme song.
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- Irwin Allen
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English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 4.0, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is an early 1960s sci-fi adventure film (which later had a TV show of the same name) with a doomsday/apocalyptic plot anticipating Earth's demise. It features some casual cigarette smoking, some old-fashioned references to women, and a few obviously zoomed-in shots on the female body. There is peril throughout, and a few deaths occur on-screen, though the violence is largely implied, inexplicit, or campy.
- Sexual Content
- A man and woman kiss. Several shots focus specifically on a woman's behind, legs, and body.
- The film is consistently perilous as the submarine and crew deal with the threat of rising temperatures on Earth and the possible destruction of the planet. In a few instances, swimmers battle a giant squid and an octopus and electrocute and/or stab it. A woman falls into a shark tank and screams and is ostensibly eaten (but it's not shown). A few men are shown drowning and are then presumed dead. A man holds everyone captive with a bomb threat. Explosions, fires, and gas rock or otherwise disrupt the submarine, either from natural causes or saboteurs. The sky glows red with fire. Crew members suffer from heat, gas, or smoke exposure or inhalation. A small submarine explodes on contact, careening through a water minefield. Two sailors throw a few punches until they're separated.
- No profanity, but some gendered comments, such as referring to the submarine as a "demanding lady" and, true to the early 1960s time period in which this film is based, referring to a woman scientist as a "lady physicist" or "lady psychiatrist."
- Social Behavior
- Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea espouses positive messages about composure under pressure, heroism, and the duty to protect one's country at any cost.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Casual cigarette and cigar smoking is shown throughout, typical of the era.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it