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Hello Down There
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2006
After way too long this comedy classic is finally available. Tony Randall has designed an underwater house. His boss can not see its advantages and wants to scrap the project but Randall convinces him to let his family test it for a month first. Two of Randall's kids are in a band so they invite the rest to join them. Meanwhile Tony's boss is financing a self-contained underwater dredge in the hopes of finding lots of gold.

The two projects clash. Randall's wife is afraid of water. The band gets a chance to be on TV but can't leave the house. On top of it all, the underwater rock music has convinced the Navy that there is Russian activity going on and the fleet mobilizes. But despite sharks, lawsuits, seals, and even a hurricane, everyone manages to keep their heads above water.

I always loved this movie as a kid and I bought it as soon as I saw it. Despite its age it has stood up well. The record company uses a computer to predict hits in ways marketing computers are currently used. A fine cast and some guest appearances certainly don't hurt. So if you want to see the original underwater beach movie, this is the one.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2005
What a fun movie! The concept of living in an underwater house is enough for a story, not to mention adding the top comedy actors of the day and super groovy 60's music ( little goldfish is my favorite ). This movie is good clean fun for the whole family. With plenty of action and laughs for everyone. This long lost classic will charm even today..
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2005
I am just absolutely thrilled that this is on DVD.. I ended up buying a COPY, yes copy of this just so I could have it.. This is the best movie!! Out of sight tunes and I love the dolphins!!!Anyone can watch this movie and enjoy it!! Hooray!!! I still love the Goldfish song and use to sing it to my son.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I am so happy that this great flick is finally on DVD! I was jumping up and down and rejoicing when I saw it was on DVD! Oh, this movie is a gem, a must see for all families and Richard Dreyfuss fans!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2005
Some of my fondest movie memories growing up are of this movie starring Tony Randall, Janet Leigh, and Richard Dreyfuss among others. You just can't beat the pure family fun and engaging songs from this film.

For years I have been contacting classic movie stations and video stores in hopes this would be released for a whole new generation to enjoy, but I thought it would never happen. When I recently found out it was really going to happen, I let out a scream of jubilation so loud it could have probably rivaled the biggest fans at the World Series or Super Bowl.

Glub Glub Glub - I have to go and watch it right now !!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2005
This is a great fun early Richard Dreyfuss classic comedy curio with a great cast!!At last on DVD,it's a must see!!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2007
This movie is just as fun as I remembered it to be. I had forgotten that Richard Dreyfus was in it, so it was neat to see him as a young actor. The songs tend to stay in your mind. I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys a "blast from the past".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
97 minutes of innocent campy late 60's fun with an all-star cast.

From the music, which you'll be humming for days after viewing, to the corny dialogue to the fabulous colors of the clothing and the sets, this is a gem not to be missed. I've watched it 4 times with friends and relatives and all had lot's of laughs at each viewing. Typical 60's situations, the father dealing with the boss at work. The wife trying to establish a career as a writer. The kids and their rock and their roll. Hee, hee! I recommend it to all who want a glimpse into life, however un-realistic, during simpler care-free times.

Enjoy!

Michael Colletti
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2006
I don't think I can add much to what Joshua of Chicago wrote but I do agree with him. I've loved this movie since I first saw it, decades ago. It's still funny and my kids love looking back on the sixties clothes, sayings, and sounds so prevalent in this movie. It's also fun seeing stars you may not have noticed the first time around (e.g. Dreyfuss WAY before "Close Encounters").
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