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Still shot from the movie: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

When Earth's Van Allen Belts mysteriously catch on fire, the crew of the USOS Seaview attempts a dangerous mission to stop the flames and save the planet. Unfortunately, the sub's commander Admiral Harriman Nelson (Walter Pidgeon) doesn't wait for proper approval for this venture, and that creates some mutinous feelings. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 105
Theater Release: 12 Jul 1961
Video Release: 08 Oct 2013
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

The Van Allen Belts were discovered in 1958. And the first Transatlantic telephone cable was laid in 1956. This movie was made just a few years later, in 1961. How does the inclusion of these events give the movie a sense of being on the cutting edge of technology? Despite such high-tech depictions, what scientific principles are blatantly ignored? (For instance, does ice float or sink?)

How are atomic energy and nuclear power depicted in this film that was made in the Cold War era?

How has technology changed over the years? Do you know what a slide rule is? What impact would today’s discoveries have on such things as communications and the time it takes to travel?

Learn more about the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the Earth’s oceans.

Teen idol Frankie Avalon stars in this movie (he plays trumpet in one scene) and sings the theme song.

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