Steve Daly
May 07, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Joan Fontaine, Walter Pidgeon
genre
Disaster, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C+

With noted hack Irwin Allen (The Swarm) at the helm, this would-be spectacle founders deliciously right from its opening credits, over which Frankie Avalon croons an Airplane! — worthy theme song: ”In a scene/All blue-green/We will find love/At the bottom of the seeeea.” Things just get soggier from there, as a crusty submarine commander (Pidgeon) attempts to dissipate a burning ring of atmospheric radiation with — of course! — a single well-placed missile. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea‘s picture and sound are crystalline, which helps make the tacky sets (later reused for the TV show) and clumsily piped-in sound effects seem even more laughably bottom of the barrel. C+

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