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The 27th Day (1957)

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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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The 27 Most Terrifying Days in History! See more »

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July 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den 27:e dagen  »

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Trivia

When the Soviet General and Prof. Beckner launch the capsules the General gives the coordinates for Houston, Texas (29° 45' 26" N, 95° 21' W). Beckner gives the coordinates for Moscow (55° 45' 18" N, 37° 37' 14" E). Beckner is also heard giving partial coordinates for 45° 4' 23" N and 12' 12" E but the degrees are missing. When the US tests one of the "bombs" it is suppose to take place in area more that three thousand miles in diameter off the east coast of South America. The test capsule is activated with the coordinates 71° 25' 13" S, 150° 14' 18" E which is instead in Antarctica. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[Clark turns on a transistor radio, music plays]
Eve Wingate: What in heavens name is that?
Jonathan Clark: Rock 'n' roll.
Eve Wingate: Rock 'n' roll.
Jonathan Clark: Music, almost.
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Edited from Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) See more »

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Nice to find an unseen gem!
7 January 2007 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Great film! An excellent example of good SF that doesn't focus on special effects and a very engaging story that keeps you glued to the end, not only is it good SF, it's good film making. Even though it's 50 years old I found it to be a new take on the tired alien abduction/invasion "We Are Not Alone" storyline. Even with the 100 million dollar budgets of today's SF films they can't make a story as compelling as this one.

I don't recall having seen this before TCM ran it on New Year's day 2007 (and I suspect most of the other voters saw it then as well) but it should take its place next to comparable films such as On the Beach, The Day the Earth Caught Fire, When Worlds Collide, The Magnetic Monster (another lost gem) and Day the Earth Stood Still.


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