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The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)

A miner trapped in a cave-in resurfaces, and upon discovering mankind has been wiped out in a nuclear holocaust, sets out to find other survivors.

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Ralph Burton is a miner who is trapped for several days as a result of a cave-in. When he finally manages to dig himself out, he realizes that all of mankind seems to have been destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. He travels to New York City only to find it deserted. Making a life for himself there, he is flabbergasted to eventually find Sarah Crandall, who also managed to survive. Together, they form a close friendship until the arrival of Benson Thacker who has managed to pilot his small boat into the city's harbor. At this point the tensions rise between the three, particularly between Thacker, who is white and Burton, who is black. Written by garykmcd

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Inger Stevens went on to star in the tv series "The Farmer's Daughter" and later starred in the first Clint Eastwood Hollywood western "Hang 'Em High". See more »

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As the three survivors join hands and walk off together at the end, flocks of pigeons suddenly appear. Since the radiation had killed off all life forms that were exposed to the atmosphere, how did any pigeons survive? See more »

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Benson Thacker: I have nothing against negroes, Ralph.
Ralph Burton: That's white of you.
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As the films final credits cuts-in, the film states "The Beginning" rather than "The End". See more »

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I Don't Like It Here
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Written by Harry Belafonte and Ranald MacDougall
Sung by Harry Belafonte
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Compelling and illogical, a guilty pleasure
12 October 2005 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

Like a trashy coffee table book you just can't put down. Hard to say why, but I keep going back and watching this film again and again. The irresistible notion of a single man roaming the empty streets of the big city, holds my attention every time. However, the execution of such a powerful idea gets muddled in this particular telling. For example, the city is clean -- there are no dead bodies, and any force powerful enough to disintegrate the bodies would have left traces, of which there are none. Despite the significant problems I had with this picture, I rushed out to buy the DVD first chance I got. And I bought Miklos Rozsa's score, too.


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