1960s Operation Bikini (1963)

Published on June 25th, 2007 | by Chris

0

Operation Bikini (1963)

Version:
http://warmovieblog.com/archives/71-operation-bikini-1963.html

Reviewed by:
Rating:
2
On June 25, 2007
Last modified:October 4, 2012

Summary:

Then there's the ending. Blow up the sub and we all go home, right? Not exactly. Then there's a very serious narration about how the Bikini Atoll will be remebered, and its connection to the nuclear age, and...and...

...and what it'll be remembered most for is a swimsuit!

I'm gonna keep this short and sweet.  What in the hell was that 90 minutes I just watched?

Operation Bikini is on the surface supposed to be about a team of underwater demolition experts who head out on board a submarine to the Japanese held Bikini Atoll, where another sub carrying a prototype radar device was sunk.  Their mission: destroy the sub and the radar device.  Simple enough, right?

Well, you'd think so.  Only somebody decided they'd stick Frankie Avalon in there doing some kind of Sinatra impersonation, not just once either! What? Huh? And this little psychadelic dream sequence is in color where the rest is black and white? WHAT?

OK so if you try and pretend you didn't just see Frankie's little dance numbers you can swallow it down as a mediocre adventure flick.  Taken in that respect its not too bad.  Except for a couple of racy moments that must've been gasped at in theatres in '63.

Then there's the ending.  Blow up the sub and we all go home, right?  Not exactly.  Then there's a very serious narration about how the Bikini Atoll will be remebered, and its connection to the nuclear age, and...and...

...and what it'll be remembered most for is a swimsuit! And then the credits roll with these two bikini-clad hotties (I suppose for '63) frolicking on the beach (in color again no less) doing freeze frames in various suggestive (again for '63) poses.

WHAT?  Errr, uhhhh.  Sure! Why not! Nothing like closing out a action packed war movie with a little skin, right?!  Ugh.

Description

Two-piece bathing suits don't show up until the closing credits, so anyone expecting Operation Bikini to be a precursor to the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is going to be disappointed at the sight of Jim Backus in swabbie gear...

Reviews

Customer Reviews
Average Customer Review

3.0 out of 5 stars Do the Locomotion, April 13, 2017
By 
Edgar Soberon Torchia (Republic of Panama) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Operation Bikini (DVD)
I prefer films that are not good and do not pretend to be anything else, than many overblown pretentious productions financed by big companies that try to pass for more than what they really are: little bad motion pictures in disguise, behind big names, expensive sets, costumes and make-up. "Operation Bikini" does not pretend to be anything else than a routine, low-budget war programmer made by American International Pictures, with some actors who once were in better vehicles (Scott Brady, Tab Hunter, Gary Crosby), new talent used in AIP productions that would later fare better in "beach party" movies (Frankie Avalon, Jody McCrea), reliable professionals as Michael Dante and even Jim Backus, plus an Hungarian "Miss Whatever" (Eva Six, playing a Japanese woman) and a bunch of California blondes to spice things up a bit, and a map of Mexico passing for some location on the Asian Pacific. Do not expect much from this, it is certainly not good, so just take it for... Read more
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It is a move. All ahead full!, June 18, 2015
By 
Steven Tew (Minnesota) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Operation Bikini (Amazon Video)
Laughed a lot. Yes, unintentional humor. I should probably give it two stars, but we watched it to the end... If you appreciate the campy style of the 60s and can put up with the mandatory Frankie Avalon music bits (which are so out of place and poorly screened that you will roll your eyes), and can endure a rather wooden script and a goofy love scene between Tab Hunter and Eva Six, and the military faux pas, then you might like this movie... Look, the stuff that seems bad that I mentioned actually makes it more entertaining. :o)
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars like a BEACH PARTY prequel disguised as a low-budget war ..., June 1, 2016
By 
D. W. Hugo (Washington, DC) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Operation Bikini (Amazon Video)
Strange, uneven film... like a BEACH PARTY prequel disguised as a low-budget war film that somehow can mention BOTH the atomic testing at Bikini Atoll AND talk about (and show) fun-loving pretty girls wearing the swimwear named after it. Weird.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Share your thoughts with other customers:
 See all 16 customer reviews...
Operation Bikini (1963) Chris

Summary: Then there's the ending. Blow up the sub and we all go home, right? Not exactly. Then there's a very serious narration about how the Bikini Atoll will be remebered, and its connection to the nuclear age, and...and... ...and what it'll be remembered most for is a swimsuit!

2.0


User Rating: 0 (0 votes)


About the Author

I've been watching war movies for probably 25 years now. Since December 2006 I've been sharing my habit and passion for these movies here on this site.



Leave a Reply

Back to Top ↑
  • Subscribe via E-mail!

    Get notifications, exclusive contests and offers, and more!
    * = required field
  • More War Movies

  • Large Association of Movie Blogs
  • Recent Comments

  • Facebook

  • Archives