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Journey Beneath the Desert (1961)

Antinea, l'amante della città sepolta (original title)
A helicopter crashes in the desert, and the crew winds up in the underground city of Atlantis and get mixed up in a slave revolt.

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Pierre Benoît (story "L'Atlantide"), Remigio Del Grosso | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Pierre
Haya Harareet ... Queen Antinea
Georges Rivière ... John
James Westmoreland ... Robert (as Rad Fulton)
Amedeo Nazzari ... Tamal
Giulia Rubini ... Zinah
Gabriele Tinti ... Max
Ignazio Dolce Ignazio Dolce
Gian Maria Volontè ... Tarath
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A helicopter crashes in the desert, and the crew winds up in the underground city of Atlantis and get mixed up in a slave revolt.

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Adventure | Fantasy

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Italy | France

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

July 1967 (USA) See more »

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Journey Beneath the Desert See more »

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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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In the United Stes, this was picked up by Joseph E. Levine's Embassy Pictures. They did not release this film in the U.S. until the mid-1960s. See more »

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Version of Siren of Atlantis (1949) See more »

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Best version of the oft told tale of Atlantis under the desert and the Queen who rules there
4 December 2006 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

The best version that I've seen of the story of a group of men who find Atlantis under the Sahara. Here the time is "now" and the men are flying in a helicopter across the desert when they are rerouted around an atomic test site. The copter is forced down by a terrible storm and they take refuge in the caves of some rocks. Eventually the end up in Atlantis where they get mixed up in court and romantic intrigue.

There are a bunch of versions of this story. I've seen a few of them and they are either hampered by bad dubbing into English or by really bad acting (the 1940's version has a Queen who just awful). Here the acting and the dubbing are fine. The story, which can be very soapy is handled nicely and you get a nice balance with the adventurous aspects of the tale. The look and the feel of the film is clearly similar to the sword and sandal films that were running rampant on the screens of the world at the time and it really works here, it gives Atlantis a nice feel.

Definitely worth a look see if you run across it, especially if you're a fan of the European adventure films of late 50's and early 60's.


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