7.0/10
2,008
42 user 16 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (story "End of the World") | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Five (1951)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The world is destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. Only five Americans survive, including a pregnant woman, a neo-Nazi, a black man and a bank clerk.

Director: Arch Oboler
Stars: William Phipps, Susan Douglas Rubes, James Anderson
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Dave Burke hires two very different debt-burdened men for a bank robbery. Suspicion and prejudice threaten to end their partnership.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan, Gloria Grahame
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A mysterious hypnotist is suspected by the police for being responsible for a wave of female mutilation victims.

Director: George Blair
Stars: Jacques Bergerac, Merry Anders, Marcia Henderson
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When a deadly virus strikes London, John Custance takes his family to hoped-for safety in Scotland.

Director: Cornel Wilde
Stars: Nigel Davenport, Jean Wallace, John Hamill
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A family of four leaves Los Angeles for a camping trip just before a nuclear bomb destroys the city. As lawlessness prevails, the father must fight to keep his family alive.

Director: Ray Milland
Stars: Ray Milland, Jean Hagen, Frankie Avalon
On the Beach (1959)
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months.

Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire
Short | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The story of the man who invented vaccination.

Director: Henry K. Dunn
Stars: John Nesbitt, Matthew Boulton, Helen Brown
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

trapped | miner | cave in | harbor | boat | See All (30) »

Taglines:

There are no laws... no rules. It's man-to-man with the last girl on Earth at stake! A unique, spectacular drama packed with more surprises, more amazing sights than you've ever seen. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

20 May 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The End of the World  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)|

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

On the bookshelf behind the bed in which Ben Thacker is recovering, is a copy of "The Proud Land" by James Lee Bartlow. This is the book supposedly written by Bartlow, played by Dick Powell in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952). See more »

Goofs

Someone says over the radio that the radioactive poison was an isotope of sodium with a half life of 53 hours. There is no isotope of sodium with that half life. See more »

Quotes

Benson Thacker: I have nothing against negroes, Ralph.
Ralph Burton: That's white of you.
See more »

Crazy Credits

As the films final credits cuts-in, the film states "The Beginning" rather than "The End". See more »

Connections

Edited into Out of this World Super Shock Show (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Fifteen
(uncredited)
Written by Alan Greene and Robert Nemiroff
Sung by Harry Belafonte
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
the first time i watched the world end
17 December 2005 | by (Rain City, Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

When I was in the 3rd grade I stayed home from school one day sick with the flu and watched this on a local TV station and some scenes from it have stuck with me ever since; I will never forget the sight of Harry Belafonte eating dinner with Inger Stevens and then cleaning up by casually throwing the entire contents of the dinner table out the high rise apartment window and calculating that it would be YEARS before the pile of smashed crockery reached his window; who can explain the eerie fascination of empty cities? This film is one of the first to successfully pull off the effect, setting the standard for what followed: The Omega Man, The Day of The Triffids, 28 Days later and especially The Quiet Earth.


15 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page