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Village of the Damned
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Village of the Damned -- In the English village of Midwich, the blond-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers.

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Director:
Writers:
Stirling Silliphant (screenplay) &
Wolf Rilla (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
7 December 1960 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
What Demonic Force Lurks Behind Those Eyes? See more »
Plot:
In the English village of Midwich, the blond-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(21 articles)
User Reviews:
Brick wall, brick wall See more (94 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Sanders ... Gordon Zellaby
Barbara Shelley ... Anthea Zellaby
Martin Stephens ... David Zellaby
Michael Gwynn ... Alan Bernard
Laurence Naismith ... Doctor Willers
Richard Warner ... Harrington
Jenny Laird ... Mrs. Harrington
Sarah Long ... Evelyn Harrington
Thomas Heathcote ... James Pawle
Charlotte Mitchell ... Janet Pawle
Pamela Buck ... Milly Hughes
Rosamund Greenwood ... Miss Ogle
Susan Richards ... Mrs. Plumpton
Bernard Archard ... Vicar

Peter Vaughan ... P.C. Gobby
John Phillips ... General Leighton
Richard Vernon ... Sir Edgar Hargraves
John Stuart ... Professor Smith
Keith Pyott ... Dr. Carlisle
Alexander Archdale ... The Coroner
Sheila Robins ... Nurse
Tom Bowman ... Pilot
Anthony Harrison ... Lieutenant
Diane Aubrey ... W.R.A.C. Secretary
Gerald Paris ... Sapper
Bruno ... The Dog
June Cowell ... The Children
Linda Bateson ... The Children
John Kelly ... The Children
Carlo Cura ... The Children
Lesley Scoble ... The Children
Mark Milleham ... The Children (as Mark Mileham)
Roger Malik ... The Children
Elizabeth Mundle ... The Children
Teri Scoble ... The Children (as Theresa Scoble)
Peter Preidel ... The Children
Peter Taylor ... The Children
Howard Knight ... The Children
Brian Smith ... The Village Children
Janice Howley ... The Village Children
Paul Norman ... The Village Children
Robert Marks ... The Village Children
John Bush ... The Village Children
Billy Lawrence ... The Village Children

Directed by
Wolf Rilla 
 
Writing credits
Stirling Silliphant (screenplay) &
Wolf Rilla (screenplay) &
Ronald Kinnoch (screenplay) (as George Barclay)

John Wyndham (novel "The Midwich Cuckoos")

Produced by
Ronald Kinnoch .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ron Goodwin 
 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Faithfull (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Gordon Hales 
 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Ivan King 
 
Makeup Department
Eric Aylott .... makeup artist
Joan Johnstone .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Denis Johnson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Middlemas .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Gordon Daniel .... dubbing editor
J.B. Smith .... dubbing mixer
Cyril Swern .... sound recordist
A.W. Watkins .... recording supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Tom Howard .... photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Drake .... camera operator
Gerald Moss .... photographer: second unit
Dennis Fraser .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eileen Sullivan .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Music Department
Ron Goodwin .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... driver: generator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lee Turner .... continuity
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
77 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1960) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
The blond wigs that the children wear had a built-in dome to give the impression that they had a larger than normal cranium.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: As everyone begins to wake up, Alan starts to walk towards the bicycle and bus victims. As he passes in front of the camera, the shadow of the crew and equipment appear on him.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Prof. Gordon Zellaby:[on telephone] Good morning. Uh, would you get me Major Bernard at his Whitehall number? Thank you.
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Movie Connections:
Edited into The Earth Dies Screaming (1964)See more »

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41 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Brick wall, brick wall, 3 October 2004
Author: Bucs1960 from West Virginia

This classic low budget, black and white film is right up there with the best of the sci-fi/horror movies of the time. It appears that it was shot on a very low budget ($300,000), thus no special effects beyond the superimposed glowing eyes of the children and the burning house at the end (not much of an effect). But it became a real moneymaker and a cult developed around it. They went on to make a sequel which doesn't live up to the original.

The cast, though limited, is quite good. The ever sophisticated, urbane, George Sanders as the scientist; Barbara Shelley from Hammer films as his wife; and little Martin Stephens as David, putative offspring of Shelley and Sanders. This kid is evil personified and does a bang-up job for such a youngster.

The story involves the village of Midwich and the birth of 12 children fathered in a very strange way that is never totally explained, who are intellectual giants with one purpose.....take over the world. Should they be destroyed or studied?....that's the problem facing Sanders and the government. Sanders comes to the inevitable conclusion and because they can read his thoughts, he must think of a brick wall in order to mask his intent. The ending, although not surprising is still effective.

This film is a keeper and is recommended to all those who like their films straight to the point without all the special effects and computer generated action. It's minimal with maximum punch.

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