Cities beneath the Sea

Today on Discovery Enterprise it gives us great pleasure to present two feature science fiction films depicting undersea colonization and everyday life in an underwater city. Namely, Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969) and Irwin Allen’s City beneath the Sea (1971). Ralph, Dennis and I are very much involved in a very real Undersea Colonization project of our own called the Atlantica Expeditions. We hope that today’s feature films will inspire you to learn more about our project and join in our efforts to explore, protect and colonize Earth’s final frontier – our planetary ocean – Aquatica.

Captain Nemo And The Underwater City (1969)

Captain Nemo and the Underwater City is a 1969 British film, featuring the character Captain Nemo and some of the settings of Jules Verne’s novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. It was written by Pip and Jane Baker and stars Robert Ryan as Nemo.
It is considered a follow-up film to the 1954 film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and 1961’s Mysterious Island.

In this story, Nemo rescues a group of survivors from a sinking ship and takes them to his underwater city, Templemir, a self-sustaining utopian colony with communitarian inhabitants. He will not allow them to leave his colony and return to civilization.

City Beneath The Sea (1971)

Irwin Allen, produced and directed this fanciful TV-movie. Set in the 21st century, the film concentrates on a group of colonists dwelling in a modernistic underwater city called Pacifica. The emphasis is on drama rather than special effects, as we see the deep-sea denizens struggling to cope with the pressures of their new existence–and their own personal animosities. Stuart Whitman heads a large cast of TV veterans, including Time Tunnel regulars

James Darren, Robert Colbert and Whit Bissell, and onetime Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea star Richard Basehart (as the US President). Expanded from a short “demo” pilot film, City Beneath the Sea is the one Irwin Allen project that could have matured into a truly worthwhile TV series; unfortunately no network was interested in subsidizing this expensive effort.


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