Battle Beneath the Earth

Synopsis: A Chinese general goes berserk and has a system of tunnels dug all the way from China to USA, under the Pacific Ocean! Wherever there is an important military base, he places atomic bombs. US Navy soldiers go underground to repel the invaders.
91 min

Battle Beneath the Earth (1967)

Another hour to go.

Looks like we've

drawn a quiet night.

Some nut will turn up

somewhere as they always do.

Control to Unit 2.

Control to Unit 2.

Unit 2, 5th and Bonanza.

Go ahead, Control.

A listening disturbance

at South Vine and Main.

Negative injuries. Investigate

and report. Urgent.

A what kind of disturbance?

A listening disturbance.

Repeat. Listening disturbance.

You've gotta be kidding.

That's what the report reads.

Investigate and report. Urgent.

See? What did I tell you?


You fools.

What's happening?


What's he saying?

Over there.

Look, I can't see anything.

Just like ants.

They're crawling under

us, I tell you.

Just like ants.

- Disgraceful. Come on, Martin.

- No, wait a minute.


I can hear them now.

Do you hear anything, lady?

What do you hear, Josie?

Must be some kind of nut.

Move along, folks.

Show's over, let's go.

Move along, everybody. That's

the lot. Nothing else to see.

Let's move, lady.

- Don't shove me, you idiot.

- On your way.

- Damn cops.

- Come along, Josie.

- Police brutality.

- Move along.

What's your problem, mister?

They're all down there.

Crawling about like ants.

If you listen closely,

you can hear them.

- Drunk?

- No.

You better come along

with us, mister.

But I tell you, they're

right beneath us.

Listen. Listen.

You can listen more

comfortably at the station.

You fools!

Don't you know what's happening?

Listen, for God's sake, listen!

Tell Jonathan Shaw.

Tell Jonathan Shaw.

He'll understand.

Tell Jonathan Shaw.

- Yeah?

- Commander Shaw, sir.

Send him in.

- Nice to see you, Jon.

- Thank you.

Sit down.

- Well, you're off the hook.

- I'm cleared?

Oh, it's not that simple.

The record still stands.

That infers I'm responsible.

The board's verdict reads,

"Due to causes unknown."

Well, that's one more

reason for going back.

- Sorry, can't be done.

- Why not?

Twenty-seven men died.

Now, they have families.

Neither you nor your underseas projects

are exactly popular right now.

Sealab VII was a

damned good design.

- Probably the best we've built so far.

- But it collapsed.

Yes, under tons of rock from

an undersea earthquake.

Look, Jon, we've been over

and over this before.

There were no traces of any

tremors or quake reports.

Then what happened down there?

I'm sorry, no diving.

I'm assigning you to the

test lab for a while.

Then you're knifing me too?

Oh, don't be stupid, relax.

When things quiet down, we'll see

about getting you back in the water.

- This needs your okay.

- Yeah, be right with you, Susan.

How are the weld-verification

people doing?

They'll be ready for the immersed

pressure sequences tomorrow.

That's good news.

Susan, what's wrong?

It's my brother.

More trouble?

- How bad is he?

- I don't know.

According to this, he's

getting the best of care.

But it's a state institution.

Jon, he's asking for you. Could

you go see him and talk to him?

I've tried that before.

But you're the only

one he'll listen to.

Please help him. Please.

Good morning,

Psychiatric Department.

Yes, doctor, that's

been taken care of.

Dr. Galissi will be

free any minute now.

Thank you.

Lemons. Nothing but lemons.

Never mind, Mr. Sparks, you

just keep right on trying.

Yeah. Yeah.

Sorry to keep you, commander.

If you'd step this way.

- That's a bit unusual, isn't it?

- Compulsive gamblers. Addicts.

I try to taper them off.

I'm glad you're here, commander.

I've failed miserably.

- I simply can't get through to him.

- You say that he keeps mentioning ants?

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