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The 27th Day (1957)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  July 1957 (USA)
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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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Jonathan Clark
Valerie French ...
Eve Wingate
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Prof. Klaus Bechner
Arnold Moss ...
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The Soviet General
Ralph Clanton ...
Mr. Ingram
Friedrich von Ledebur ...
Dr. Karl Neuhaus (as Frederick Ledebur)
Paul Birch ...
Admiral
Azemat Janti ...
Ivan Godofsky
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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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Mightiest shocker the screen ever had the guts to make! See more »

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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 »

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When the doctor is standing in the life raft waiting for the bomb to detonate he is standing perfectly still. If the raft was actually in the ocean there would be be movement. See more »

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Eve Wingate: Maybe people really aren't worth saving.
Jonathan Clark: I don't know, a lot of them are nice.
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Wonderful film marred only by low budget
14 November 2001 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

THE 27th DAY replaces the cliched threat of aliens blasting us lasers with the chilling fact that a handful of earth people have the power to destroy the world. Of course, one is an upright American citizen, the ohter is a robotic Russian soldier, etc, etc. It gives a wonderful view of how these people would be feared, treated and simply how they would react. My only squabble with the film is that the filmmakers didn't hide their low budget well enough. An example there is a scene where movie characters address the United Nations. The close up of the characters is done in a well lit studio, the cutaways of the UN assembly are handheld and grainy.

Gene Barry and Valarie French are wonderful leads. Look for Roger Corman regulars Paul Birch (NOT OF THIS EARTH) and Mel Welles (Gravis Mushnick from LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS) in cameos.


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