Fathom (1967)


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Raquel Welch breaks the surly bonds of Earth and loves every minute of it in this lighthearted spy spoof. Fathom Harvill (Welch) is an American skydiver touring Europe with a U.S. parachute team when she's approached by Douglas Campbell (Ronald Fraser), a Scottish agent working with American intelligence. According to Campbell, a triggering mechanism for nuclear weapons has gone missing in the Mediterranean, and Douglas wants Fathom to help find it. After encountering Chinese operative Peter … More

Rating: NC-17
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Lorenzo Semple Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 16, 2002
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment



as Fathom Harvill

as Peter Merriweather

as Jo-May Soon

as Douglas Campbell

as Timothy

as Serapkin

as Mr. Trivers

as Mrs. Trivers
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Critic Reviews for Fathom

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Typical Raquel Welch bounce and leer action from her heydey.

March 2, 2008

Raquel Welch is bubbly as Fathom, but she fails to go beyond the 'pretty girl in tight clothing' depth that was written into the role.

Full Review… | November 2, 2002
Apollo Guide

Those looking for a trip back to the swingin' sixties, Spanish style, may enjoy Fathom quite a bit, and those who adore the lovely Ms. Welch will have a ball.

Full Review… | August 26, 2002

(Welch), naturally--deserves getting prodded about by a bull while a collection of bad guys poke at her with phallic shunts.

Full Review… | July 10, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Fathom

Can you fathom Raquel Welch as a super spy? If so, watch Fathom! I think the strangest thing about this movie is that her name is Fathom, who names their girl Fathom, or is it some kind of nickname? Another question: why does Flixster say this movie is rated nc-17? It's not rated, and it doesn't deserve that rating anyway. Okay, so I thought this movie was a good spy flick, and I liked Welch as a spy too. It's a good movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

As lightweight as the clothes on Raquel Welch's back. Wow, she really is a pretty bad actress, and Tony Franciosa's lame Burt Lancaster impersonation is more smarmy than charming. Nice scenery though, and that includes the Spanish locations.

Doctor Strangeblog

Super Reviewer

I gave it a spin because it was a part of a little spy-themed handful of DVDs that MGM released to cash in on the Austin Powers 'buzz' of the time, so I grabbed one cheap at a Big Lots and figured I'd see what it was all about.

The film is pretty silly, with not a lot for Raquel Welch to do save for look pretty and make you wonder why she was picked for this assignment, since she isn't actually a spy but rather a civilian who happens to be an expert in the area they need.

Silly, and nothing I see myself coming back to at any point, unless I'm suddenly investigating Welch's career in depth.


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