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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea/Fantastic Voyage (1966)

Cast: Stephen Boyd, Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, more...
Director: Richard Fleischer, Richard Fleischer
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Science Fiction
Running Time: 207 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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This title is currently out of print.

Stephen Boyd heads a team of scientists sent on a bizarre experimental mission. Through a revolutionary and as-yet untested process, the scientists and their special motorized vehicle are miniaturized, then injected into the blood stream of a near-death scientist (Jean del Val). Their mission is to relieve a blood clot caused by an assassination attempt. One member of the expedition is bent on sabotage so that the scientist's secrets will die with him. Another member is Raquel Welch, seemingly along for the ride solely because of how she looks in a skintight diving suit. The film's Oscar-winning visual effects (by Art Cruikschank) chart the progress of the voyagers through the scientist's body, burrowing past deadly antibodies, chunks of tobacco residue in the lungs, and other such obstacles. Oscars also went to Jack Martin Smith and Dale Hennesy's art direction and Walter M. Scott and Stuart A. Reiss' set decoration. Fantastic Voyage was later spun off into a Saturday morning cartoon series. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

It's a twofer! by emdoub September 19, 2009 - 8:59 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Two movies for the mailer of one! One of 'em is actually worthwhile, too.

In Fantastic Voyage, they do a passable job of bringing Isaac Asimov's book to life, and, for the time, the special effects were awesome. The story is a bit thin (as, I suppose, it is with most book/movie pairs), but people who have read the book will mostly enjoy this.

In Voyage to the Bottom, we've a different story. One of Irwin Allen's early efforts, we have an end-of-the-world disaster film that totally ignores basic, 4th-grade science. Ice, calving from an iceberg, doesn't float - it sinks and crashes into a submarine. We've a military sub with one woman on the crew, who dances the Twist in a tight (uniform) skirt and makes out with her Captain/fiancee in the halls - as if that weren't a recipe for trouble. Followed by the '60s television series of the same name, older viewers will remember enjoying the show as children with some embarassment - and even recognize some of the scenes, which were re-used in the series. Sadists can watch a pretty good cast working with a truly wretched script, and Irwin Allen fans can enjoy whatever it is they enjoy about his projects. Other folks can skip it, and never need to feel that they've missed something worthwhile.

Fantastic Voyage, however, was really pretty good, well worth the evening.

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