Battle Beneath the Earth

Battle Beneath the Earth (1967) is a British spy film starring Kerwin Mathews. It was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film also features character actor Ed Bishop, who later went on to star in the Gerry Anderson cult TV show UFO.

Battle Beneath the Earth
Directed byMontgomery Tully
Produced by
  • Charles Reynolds
  • Charles F. Vetter
Written byCharles F. Vetter
Music byKen Jones
CinematographyKenneth Talbot
Edited bySidney Stone
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • October 1967 (1967-10)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Rogue elements of the communist Chinese army use fantastic burrowing machines in an effort to place atomic bombs under major U.S. cities. The U.S. Navy sends troops underground to combat them.



The movie was featured on the CBS Late Movie, in late-December 1973. The picture later received a VHS home-video release in the early 1980s.

It was also a staple of afternoon-movie or Saturday-morning Creature Features-type TV programs before the historic sale of the MGM/UA film library. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer originally handled North American theatrical distribution

The movie was released to DVD by Warner Home Video on 29 July 2008, as a Best Buy exclusive double feature with The Ultimate Warrior.[1]


The film has been described as "deliriously paranoid".[2]


The film features a fast-paced "crime-jazz" / jazz-noir musical score by Ken Jones.


  1. Battle Beneath the Earth (DVD), ISBN 978-1-4198-6943-3
  2. Chapman, James (2006) [2002]. Saints & Avengers: British Adventure Series of the 1960s. Popular Television Genres. London: I.B.Tauris. p. 124. ISBN 978-1-86064-754-3. … most notably the deliriously paranoid science-fiction film Battle Beneath the Earth (1967) in which the Chinese attempt to invade America by burrowing under the ocean.

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