Release dateOctober 1967 (1967-10) WriterCharles F. Vetter (story), Charles F. Vetter (original screenplay) GenresScience Fiction, Thriller, Action Film, Spy film CastKerwin Mathews (Cmdr. Jonathan Shaw), Vivienne Ventura (Tila Yung), Robert Ayres (Adm. Felix Hillebrand), Peter Arne (Arnold Kramer), Al Mulock (Sgt. Marvin Mulberry) Similar moviesThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Independence Day, Project Shadowchaser II, The Final Alliance, Tokolosh, Rhino
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Battle beneath the earth 1967
Battle Beneath the Earth (1967) is a British spy film starring Kerwin Mathews. It was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film also features character actor Ed Bishop, who later went on to star in the Gerry Anderson cult TV show UFO.
The plot involves rogue elements of the communist Chinese army who use fantastic burrowing machines in an effort to place atomic bombs under major U.S. cities. The U.S. Navy sends troops underground to combat them. The film has been described as "deliriously paranoid".
Kerwin Mathews as Cmdr. Jonathan Shaw
Viviane Ventura as Tila Yung
Robert Ayres as Adm. Felix Hillebrand
Peter Arne as Arnold Kramer
Al Mulock as Sgt. Marvin Mulberry
Martin Benson as Gen. Chan Lu
Peter Elliott as Dr. Kengh Lee
Earl Cameron as Sgt. Seth Hawkins
John Brandon as Maj. Frank Cannon
Ed Bishop as Lt. Cmdr. Vance Cassidy
Carl Jaffe as Dr. Galissi
The movie received a VHS home-video release in the early 1980s. It was also a staple of afternoon-movie or Saturday-morning Creature Features-type TV programs before the historic sale of the MGM/UA film library. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer originally handled North American theatrical distribution
It was released on DVD by Warner Home Video on 29 July 2008, as a Best Buy exclusive double feature with The Ultimate Warrior.
The film features a fast-paced "crime-jazz" musical score.