Hello Down There

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5.81 h 37 min1969G
This 1969 screwball comedy involves a scientist who is given the assignment of spending one month in a simulated underwater home.
Directors
Jack Arnold
Starring
Tony RandallJanet LeighRoddy McDowall
Genres
Science FictionComedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Jim Backus
Studio
Paramount
Rating
G (General Audience)
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4.6 out of 5 stars

494 global ratings

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bubblechampReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Silly Fun Movie
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I was so excited when I accidentally came across this. Talk about going back down memory lane! I remember crushing on one of the band members....OMG! It was Richard Dreyfuss before he became famous! I thought he was sooo cute....lol. I think I was about 12 when this movie was released. I loved the silly song, too...Glub, Glub..Glub!

Alright, I admit, it's a silly movie about a family trying to live in a prototype home of the future under the sea. It's an idea to solve the overpopulated Earth and diminishing resources. The home is energy efficient and totally self sustained. It's ironic, now, how prophetic this movie was. Especially in the time period it was made. It's almost as if Walt Disney could see into the future and was thinking....."what if...." Of course, I wasn't thinking about those things....only how cute that guy in the band was...lol

Honestly, I don't think this was a hugely successful movie for a Disney movie. I think I was the only one of my group of friends who truly enjoyed this movie and the song. I vaguely recall my friends teasing me. I didn't care. I enjoyed it. So watch this movie and have fun seeing Janet Leigh as the mother and Tony Randall as the scientist father. It's such a typical sixties style movie with the typical band (dubbed music by a "real" band) and helpless pretty blonde, all wearing the mod clothes of the period. It's definitely a fun silly movie and you don't need to worry about paying too closely to the plot. Just enjoy! Maybe even laugh, as I did, at this so called typical family, clothes and music. I still like the song Glub Glub ' Of course there's the song Little Goldfish, which is just as catchy and campy. These two songs will stick in your head for days.....lol....earworm warning

Feeling down? Try this movie. It should change your mood and bring a smile to your face. Enjoy!
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dknouseReviewed in the United States on December 31, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Hello Down There
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A wonderful classic for the whole family. Living in a prototype house with your family underwater is chocked full of funny events taking place one after another. The wife hates water but agrees to the experiment of living underwater in a house prototype to help her husband keep his job. Great cast, movie is laughs a minute. Highly recommend.
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Lori CruzReviewed in the United States on February 13, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Finally Available! One of my Favs!
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I have loved this movie since I saw it when I was a kid :) The songs in it are classic! "Glub!, Glub! Glub! I'm floatin' on a sea of love!"
"Hey little goldfish, where you goin' to? Pretty goldfish, let me swim along with you, hey little goldfish, we could have a whale of a time, mm mmm, put your fin in mine, mm mm" So cute! :D And Janet Leigh is so funny - who knew? :)
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Byron KollnReviewed in the United States on May 27, 2007
3.0 out of 5 stars
cute and campy 1960s gem
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HELLO DOWN THERE is a very cute comedy from 1969, with top performances from Tony Randall and Janet Leigh, who must have had a ball working on this.

Fred Miller (Tony Randall) is a wacky inventor who builds a house under the ocean. His grumpy boss (Jim Backus) believes the entire project is a waste of company time and money, so Fred offers to have his family live in the house for 30 days. There are only three major obstacles: Fred's "aqua-phobe" wife Vivian (Janet Leigh); and his two teenaged musician kids (Kay Cole and Gary Tigerman), who are on the verge of signing with a major record label.

This film is a breezy joy from beginning to end. The house itself is very imaginative, and the underwater photography is amazing. HELLO DOWN THERE was filmed in Florida at the studios of Ivan Tors Productions (famous for "Flipper" and "Gentle Ben"), allowing for lots of authentic location filming.

The cast also includes Charlotte Rae, Roddy McDowall, Ken Berry, Lee Meredith (Ulla in the original "Producers"), Harvey Lembeck, and a teenaged Richard Dreyfuss.

Paramount's new DVD features a crisp anamorphic print which long-time fans will simply adore. (Single-sided, single-layer disc).
26 people found this helpful
CHERReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
GOOD FAMILY MOVIE
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HELLO DOWN THERE MOVIE BROUGHT BACK MEMORIES FOR US! THE MUSIC IS VERY CATCHY AND CUTE. GOOD MOVIE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO WATCH! DONT FORGET THE POPCORN 😍
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ArganonReviewed in the United States on August 13, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
This classic should float to the top!
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This movie is just too cool!!! I can watch it over-and-over again because of the great cast and fun storyline. Is it dated? Oh, brother, is it!!! Is it goofy? Oh yeah, it is!!! Is it fun? By a boat load it's FUN!!! This film is forever trapped in its time but what a fantastic nugget of colorful late sixties optimism. Be sure and check out the music too. It's really a good time; although badly lipsynched. That's just adds to all the wacky, boisterous, frivolity of this great romp.

I bought this movie as a Christmas gift. It's fantastic to watch with a cold winter chill blasting the windows of a snow-trapped home. Oh, it's no shotgun wedding affair. More of a, "let's get the family together", kind of movie. The oldsters can remember it from their childhood, the kids can laugh at the wild fashion, (which keeps coming back), and everyone has a merry time.

I simply must point out the onscreen chemistry between dear Tony Randall and Janet Leigh. Who would have thought?!?!? They've got that special "something", which as an adult watching it now, I didn't notice as a kid. Back then I was too busy enjoying the animals, the scuba diving, the underwater house, the band and those too-hip-to-be-hip clothes.

Now, you rate this movie for what it is . . . pure family, (anybody really), entertainment. For that you can't beat this film!!! Rush out and get it for your whole gang today, man!!!
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Laurel PerkinsReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
So Fun!
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I loved this movie when I was young. Saw the opportunity to get it and share the fun. My kids and grandkids were shocked they had never heard of it. And now they want to share it with everyone! Young Richard Dreyfuss singing, too!
C. AndrewsReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Note to ship enthusiasts
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There are brief shots of a destroyer as it tries to track down the underwater sounds produced by the rock band, and a few of maneuvers from various ships at the very end.

The interior of the "green onion" home is the major set. The exterior home prop seems slightly smaller, and maybe only large enough to accomodate separately the two mini-subs, one of which is the same as seen in Flipper. We get more footage of the latter than the other, which my be more prop as it supposedly carries at least six people.

The mobile seabed HOD dredge must be a scale prop, with a studio interior.
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