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« on: April 17, 2012, 07:27:49 AM »

A Navy officer discovers that the Chinese are using machines to dig their way under America's defenses.  He leads a team of Marines into the tunnels to stop the communist sappers before they can plant atomic bombs under our cities.

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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2012, 06:45:08 AM »

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Dr. Arnold Kramer - Part anteater, part scientist, and all-American

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SgtMaj. Mulberry - "Sir, if you call me 'sergeant' one more time, I am going to get Bataan on your a**!”

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Amazingly, it works. Mass transit grinds to a halt, construction workers stop jackhammering, farmers stop plowing, and rednecks stop fishing with dynamite. The last state to go quiet is Texas, which is probably on account of some idiot out in bumf**k digging out a stump. Stop digging for ten minutes, ya durn fool. The Chinese are coming! Nobody cares about that stupid stump. It's almost time for supper anyhow.

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56 mins - Ah, back when the Air Force was so poor they couldn't even afford paint for their aircraft.

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Thanks, Andrew: I've been a bit ill and those comments made me feel a lot better.

I remember seeing this on TV about five years ago and I also remember it having quite a downer of an ending: this review should make me want to see it again.  TeddyR

I do however need to ask you something about Marines learning to deactivate nuclear devices at boot camp: is that part of the training or aren't you allowed to say?  Wink TeddyR
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2012, 11:45:18 AM »

So grenades are actually more effective against armored vehicles than a bazooka?  See, I always learn something new from these movies   TeddyR

It looks fun though, I've got to check it out sometime.
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2012, 04:46:13 PM »

I don't knwo if its just me cruddy computer or not but it looks like part of the description for cmdr cassidy is missing.
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2012, 07:57:16 PM »

I remember seeing this on TV about five years ago and I also remember it having quite a downer of an ending: this review should make me want to see it again.  TeddyR

I do however need to ask you something about Marines learning to deactivate nuclear devices at boot camp: is that part of the training or aren't you allowed to say?  Wink TeddyR

Kramer's death is surprising and quick, but not terribly out of left field for a film like this.  Besides that, the good guys win and nuclear holocaust for the United States is averted.

I can neither confirm nor deny my ability to deactivate a nuclear device.  However, it is safe to say that given a nuclear device and any sort of hard object (hammer, rock, etc.) I'm fairly certain that I could make it not work correctly.  Probably expose myself to a lethal amount of radiation doing it, but still...
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2012, 02:59:00 PM »

Under the characters, we have this description of two of them.

"Dr. Kengh Lee - You look just about as Chinese as Tony Randall."
"Gen. Chan Lu - You look more like Tony Randall than a Chinese person."

I must admit, that at first, these references to Tony Randall made no sense, then I caught on to what Andrew may have been refering to. I presume he is refering to Tony Randall's appearance as the title character in 1964's "7 Faces of Dr. Lao," where Tony Randall played an ancient Chinese gentleman. With the producer/director of the film being George Pal.

How times change. I believe when "7 Faces of Dr. Lao" was first released, it was considered something of a disappointment at the box office. Now the film is regarded as being one of the great cult film classics.

As for George Pal, mostly forgotten today, during the '50's and '60's he was one of the great producers and directors of science fiction and fantasy films.

As for "Battle Beneath the Earth," I have never seen it, but I do remember when it first came to theaters. And I can also remember that many of the first reviews for it, were--perhaps--surprisingly positive.
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2012, 07:40:49 AM »

"Dr. Kengh Lee - You look just about as Chinese as Tony Randall."
"Gen. Chan Lu - You look more like Tony Randall than a Chinese person."

I must admit, that at first, these references to Tony Randall made no sense, then I caught on to what Andrew may have been refering to. I presume he is refering to Tony Randall's appearance as the title character in 1964's "7 Faces of Dr. Lao," where Tony Randall played an ancient Chinese gentleman. With the producer/director of the film being George Pal.

Both are references to "7 Faces of Dr. Lao."  Great film, with some great makeup on Tony Randall. 
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« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2012, 08:38:55 AM »

I can neither confirm nor deny my ability to deactivate a nuclear device.  However, it is safe to say that given a nuclear device and any sort of hard object (hammer, rock, etc.) I'm fairly certain that I could make it not work correctly.  Probably expose myself to a lethal amount of radiation doing it, but still...

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That reminds me of Nicole Kidman in The Peacemaker beating the hell out of a nuclear device with a pistol while George Clooney says "Easy, easy......"  TeddyR TeddyR
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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2012, 01:03:28 PM »

I love it when Andrew reviews a movie involving the armed forces.  Always some quality insight into the absurdities explored.   BounceGiggle
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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2012, 08:41:20 AM »

I love it when Andrew reviews a movie involving the armed forces.  Always some quality insight into the absurdities explored.   BounceGiggle
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Gotta find this turkey. Love how the 'tunneling laser' that can bore through solid earth can only light up a guy and still kill him.
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« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2012, 02:07:09 PM »

Thanks for the clip - that was always my favourite scene when I watched the movie as a child. Although I never understood why the marines didn't simply step out of the way of the laser!
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