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The 27th Day (1957)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | July 1957 (USA)
Five individuals from five nations, including the "Superpowers," USA, USSR, and China, suddenly find themselves on an alien spacecraft. An alien gives each a container holding capsules. No ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Prof. Klaus Bechner
The Soviet General
Ralph Clanton ...
Mr. Ingram
Friedrich von Ledebur ...
Dr. Karl Neuhaus (as Frederick Ledebur)
Paul Birch ...
Azemat Janti ...
Ivan Godofsky


Five individuals from five nations, including the "Superpowers," USA, USSR, and China, suddenly find themselves on an alien spacecraft. An alien gives each a container holding capsules. No power on earth can open a given container except a mental command from the person to whom it is given. Each person has been provided with the power of life and death. Any of these individuals has the capability to instantaneously launch the capsules to whatever coordinates he/she chooses, and each capsule will then eradicate all human life within a 3,000-mile radius of its designated location. Written by Craig Chilton <xanadu@sbt.net>

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July 1957 (USA)  »

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Den 27:e dagen  »

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The glimpse we are given of the spacecraft reveals it to be from another Columbia release, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956). The scene was also used in _Flying Saucer Daffy (1958)_ and an episode of The Twilight Zone (1985). See more »


When Jonathan uses Eve's radio after they get into a cab at the airport, she asks what type of music is being played and he tells her it is rock and roll. However, the radio is actually playing big band jazz. See more »


[a running Ivan Godofsky is illuminated by a spotlight]
Russian Officer: Going somewhere, Private Godofsky?
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Edited into Voskovec & Werich - paralelní osudy (2012) See more »

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First-Rate science Fiction
3 September 2001 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

An alien ship picks up five different people from the five super powers of the world. There he gives each a device that only they can open. Each device contains three vials that have the power to annihilate every human being on Earth. The aliens are a dying race from a dying planet, and even though they can and will not destroy mankind on earth, they will speed up the process of seeing whether mankind will destroy itself. How long is the experiment of seeing whether these five will survive and live without opening the vials? 27 days. This is a thought-provoking film about the nature of man more than anything. The underlying point behind the film is that mankind needs to rise from its child-like state of fighting and killing itself over seemingly petty issues. The aliens act merely as referees watching and waiting to see if the Soviet Union will destroy North America or vice versa. Now, the film definitely has an anti-communist slant(not that there is anything wrong with that)but admonishes all negativity, power hunger, and perniciousness in humankind worldwide. Director Will Asher does a fine job setting up the pace of the story and creating tension. The script, even though very weak in some areas, is quite interesting and full of thoughtful insights. Gene Barry plays the American representative and is good as a cynic. The rest of the cast is also very good with George Voskovec as a German scientist and Stephan Schnabel as a Soviet general standing out. Arnold Moss is the alien and he certainly makes his screen presence memorable. A good film. After watching I kept wondering what I would do if given the same circumstances, and I must confess I am so very happy that that burden lies not on my shoulders! Take some time to see The 27th Day and enjoy!

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