Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Synopsis: Admiral Nelson takes a brand new atomic submarine through its paces. When the Van Allen radiation belt catches fire, the admiral must find a way to beat the heat or watch the world go up in smoke.
Director(s): Irwin Allen
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min


Come with me

Come with me

On a Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

In the sea

on blue green

We will find love at

the bottom of the sea

Unbelievable, inconceivable,

fantastic it will seem

But we'll be the first, the very first

to live such a strange new dream

There will be lost and free

on our Voyage to the

Bottom of the Sea


Come with me

On our Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea


Come with me...



Today's top of the news

comes from the top of the world.

The unpredictable

Admiral Harriman Nelson has done it again.

His brain-child,

a fantastic atomic submarine...

with an amazing glass nose...

is now undergoing final tests

below the ice at the North Pole.

To sit in judgment on the final test...

the Bureau of Marine Exploration

has sent a seaplane...

with its top officer,

the former vice admiral B.J. Crawford...

to rendezvous with

the submarine Seaview in the Arctic.

Flying with him is the congressional

watchdog of the budget...

penny-pinching congressman

Llewellyn Parker...

who had fought a losing fight

against what he had termed...

"Nelson's Folly."

And so the question of the day

comes to this...

Will the final test

on the U.S. O.S. Seaview...

turn it into "Nelson's Folly"...

or will it be another triumph

of a great man...

a great inventor who,

despite his oddball reputation...

may yet emerge as the predominant

scientific genius of our time?

So bon voyage, Admiral Nelson.

Good luck, Seaview.

Well, gentlemen, modesty forbids

my adding anything to that.

- Shall we take her down, Captain?

- Aye, aye, sir.

- Let's make it 90 feet at the start.

- Aye, sir.


Diving stations.

Diving stations.

- Any time you're ready, Mr. Thompson.

[ON SPEAKER] Aye, aye, sir.

- Stand by.


Clear the decks, Mr. Thompson.


- Decks clear.

Prepare to dive.

Close all main ballast tank vents.

MAN 2:
Stand by to blow tanks.

Ballast tanks full.

- Close the vent.

- Flood negative.

Full dive on the planes.

Fifteen degrees down bubble.

Secure the air.

- All agreed?

- All agreed.

Dive! All dive!

- Pressure in the boat.

- Up scope.

9-0 feet.

Level off at 9-0 feet.

Down scope. All ahead two-thirds.

All ahead two-thirds.

- Final trim, Captain.

- Carry on.

Well, final trim, sir.

9-0 feet. Speed: Two-thirds.

Well, Lee, it's been a long, tough haul...

from conception to execution...

but, my boy, we've done it.

You've done it, sir. It bears out

what you taught us at Annapolis.

"The wild dreams of today...

are the practical realities of tomorrow."

I'm glad you remembered

one of my more temperate quotes.


Some of our colleagues haven't

been quite so diplomatic.

Say, speaking of diplomacy,

we've got some guests to entertain.

I've met 'em. Now it's your turn.

And just remember, they hold

the purse strings to this "folly" of ours.

- Shall we dress?

- Dress?

Black tie.

Let's go.

- Take the conn, Ed. I'll be fore.

- Aye, aye, sir.

Beautiful, isn't it?

It's the most exotic thing I've ever seen.

No more, thank you.

Admiral. Nice to see you, sir.

- Captain Crane, Dr. Hiller.

- How do you do?

- Congressman Parker.

- How do you do, sir?

You have an expensive toy here, Admiral.

Though it is suitable for sightseeing.

Quite right, sir. We hope to

see sights never before seen by man...

and by seeing, solve some

of the mysteries of the deep.

Sorry for the brief hello

when you came aboard...

but this toy of mine is a demanding lady.

Aren't we all.

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Irwin Allen

Irwin Allen (June 12, 1916 – November 2, 1991) was an American television, documentary and film director and producer with a varied career who became known as the "Master of Disaster" for his work in the disaster film genre. His most successful productions were The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and The Towering Inferno (1974). He also created several popular 1960s science fiction television series, such as Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel, and Land of the Giants. more…

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