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 Merriweather (Anthony Franciosa), Fathom discovers that Campbell is actually a private eye and that she's been tricked into helping him snag some jewelry. But what's the whole truth, and whose side is Fathom supposed to be on? ~ Rovi
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Raquel Welch
as Fathom Harvill
Anthony Franciosa
as Peter Merriweather
Greta Chi
as Jo-May Soon
Tom Adams
as Mike
Ronald Fraser
as Douglas Campbell
Richard Briers
as Timothy
Clive Revill
as Serapkin
Reg Lye
as Mr. Trivers
Ann Lancaster
as Mrs. Trivers
Tutte Lemkow
as Mehmed
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Critic Reviews for Fathom

All Critics (5)

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.

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
Film Freak Central

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September 16, 2005

Audience Reviews for Fathom

For some reason the James Bond factor, come for the action, women watch for whoever is portraying James Bond's hadsomeness, didn't work out for Raquel Welch. Maybe it relies on the fact that Welch is a skydiver who has a Bond girl name. Obviously, Welch's character doesn't have acrophobia, but maybe she should have given the success of Hitchcock's lame Vertigo.

Naomi Gonzalostein
Naomi Gonzalostein

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. Rental.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

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.

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