The Man from Atlantis

Overview

In this TV pilot that spawned a brief series on NBC during 1977-78, Patrick Duffy plays the title character--an amphibian/human, equipped with gills--who washes up on shore and is taken to the hospital to recover. When the American government finds out his identity, it recruits him to help in the recovery of a secret submarine.
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Overview

In this TV pilot that spawned a brief series on NBC during 1977-78, Patrick Duffy plays the title character--an amphibian/human, equipped with gills--who washes up on shore and is taken to the hospital to recover. When the American government finds out his identity, it recruits him to help in the recovery of a secret submarine.
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Editorial Reviews

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This made-for-television film, which would eventually spawn three sequels and a short-lived series, is an engagingly smart and thoughtful example of small-screen science fiction. Mayo Simon's script has a cinematic flair to it, using a mystery-style approach to slowly reveal the nature of the title character before moving into a James Bond-styled plot in the second part of the film. It's an engaging, well-crafted pulp tale and is slickly helmed by television veteran Lee H. Katzin, who downplays overt flashiness to allow the unusual storyline to sell itself. A pre-Dallas Patrick Duffy does a fine job as the enigmatic hero, using his charisma to make the character engaging even as he uses stoic mannerisms to give him the right note of "otherness." There is also strong support from Belinda Montgomery as the hero's main earthly ally and Victor Buono, who delivers an intense turn as the villain that is theatrical without being campy. All in all, The Man From Atlantis is a fun sci-fi effort and worth the time for fans of cultish 1970's TV artifacts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/2009
  • UPC: 883316205037
  • Original Release: 1977
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Duffy Mark Harris
Victor Buono Mr. Schubert
Lilyan Chauvin French Scientist
Charles Davis British Scientist
Steve Franken
Virginia Gregg Whale Scientist
Philip Baker Hall George
Larry Holt Ambulance Driver
Mark Jenkins
Michael J. London Popeye
Curt Lowens Emil
Art Lund
Trudy Marshall Woman at Party
Belinda Montgomery Dr. Elizabeth Merrill
Robert Phalen Habitat Technician
Lawrence Pressman Phil Roth
Alex Rodine Russian Scientist
Scott Stevenson Boy on Beach
Scott Stevenson Boy on Beach
Philip Tanzini Boy at Phone Booth
Michael Watson Diver
Peter Weiss Test Lab Assistant
Technical Credits
Lee H. Katzin Director
Dann Cahn Editor
William H. Cronjager Cinematographer
Thomas Fisher Special Effects
Gary Griffen Editor
Robert H. Justman Producer
Fred Karlin Score Composer
Mayo Simon Screenwriter
Herbert F. Solow Executive Producer
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