THE NEPTUNE FACTOR (1973)
Article 1820 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-9-2006
Posting Date: 8-6-2006
Directed by Daniel Petrie
Featuring Ben Gazzara, Walter Pidgeon, Ernest Borgnine
When an earthquake causes an underwater lab to drop into an abyss, a small submarine sets out to rescue the people inside.
Those who have seen my MOTDs for VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA and AROUND THE WORLD UNDER THE SEA may well conclude that I just don’t like underwater submarine epics. And they may well be right. However, I must say that both of the above movies look awfully good in comparison with this one; at least those movies aspired to have interesting things happen, whereas this one seemed merely content to fill running time. At any rate, this movie has inspired me to speculate on what possibly might have been the most and least frequently used quotes on the set of the making of this movie would be. Remember, this is all purely speculative.
THE 5 MOST FREQUENT COMMENTS MADE ON THE SET OF THIS MOVIE.
1) “I need another shot of you standing there, saying nothing, and looking concerned.”
2) “I think we need another scene involving coffee.”
3) “My, that diving suit takes almost fifty pounds off of you, Mr. Borgnine.”
4) “Remember, don’t overfeed the monsters, or else they’ll end up belly-up at the top of the tank.”
5) “Sure, I can make an underwater movie. Just give me a toy submarine and a fishtank…”
THE 5 LEAST FREQUENT COMMENTS MADE ON THE SET OF THIS MOVIE.
1) “Let’s try for some suspense in this scene!”
2) “I want you all to do this next scene with feeling!”
3) “Hey, let’s lighten the proceedings with a little bit of humor here!”
4) “This is the movie I’ve been waiting to make for years!”
5) “A sequel? Count me in!”
And for those still interested, the fantastic content is that the movie has some really big fish.