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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Bernard Gordon (screenplay) (front Philip Yordan)
Philip Yordan (front for Bernard Gordon)
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Release Date:
27 April 1963 (USA) See more »
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Spine Chilling Terror See more »
Plot:
After an unusual meteor shower leaves most of the human population blind, a merchant navy officer must find a way to conquer tall, aggressive plants which are feeding on people and animals. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Realistic, Atmospheric and Memorable Adaptation of John Wyndham's Novel See more (89 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Howard Keel ... Bill Masen

Nicole Maurey ... Christine Durrant

Janette Scott ... Karen Goodwin

Kieron Moore ... Tom Goodwin

Mervyn Johns ... Mr. Coker

Ewan Roberts ... Dr. Soames
Alison Leggatt ... Miss Coker
Geoffrey Matthews ... Luis de la Vega
Janina Faye ... Susan - Child on the Train
Gilgi Hauser ... Teresa de la Vega
John Tate ... Captain - SS Midland

Carole Ann Ford ... Bettina (as Carol Ann Ford)

Arthur Gross ... Flight 356 Radioman
Colette Wilde ... Nurse Jamieson (as Collette Wilde)

Ian Wilson ... Greenhouse Watchman
Victor Brooks ... Poiret
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Adcock ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Michael Bishop ... Flight 356 Pilot (uncredited)
Ernest Blyth ... SS Midland Passenger (uncredited)
Mick Dillon ... Triffid (uncredited)
Katya Douglas ... Mary (uncredited)

Peter Dyneley ... Narrator / Parisian Radio Operator (voice) (uncredited)
Thomas Gallagher ... Burly Man (uncredited)
George Hilsdon ... Man in Train Station (uncredited)
Gerry Judge ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Ernie Rice ... Train Crash Survivor (uncredited)
John Simpson ... Blind Man (uncredited)
Sidney Vivian ... Ticket Agent (uncredited)
Joe Wadham ... Train Passenger (uncredited)

Fred Wood ... Train Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Steve Sekely 
Freddie Francis (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Bernard Gordon (screenplay) (front Philip Yordan)

Philip Yordan (front for Bernard Gordon)

John Wyndham (novel "Day of the Triffids")

Produced by
George Pitcher .... producer
Philip Yordan .... executive producer
Bernard Glasser .... line producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ron Goodwin 
 
Cinematography by
Ted Moore (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bill Lewthwaite (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Thelma Graves (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Dawe 
 
Makeup Department
Paul Rabiger .... makeup artist
Eileen Warwick .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
George Fowler .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Hermes .... assistant director
Ray Corbett .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Henry Emery .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Joe Marks .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jack Bark .... chargehand props (uncredited)
Ted Barnes .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Jim Foster .... prop buyer (uncredited)
Jenny Heap .... props (uncredited)
Michael Lamont .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Neil MacPhee .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Maurice Askew .... sound recordist
Matt McCarthy .... sound editor
Bert Ross .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Hugh Skillen .... triffid effects
 
Visual Effects by
Wally Veevers .... special effects photography
Bob Cuff .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Winbolt .... camera operator
Bill Chitty .... chargehand electrician (uncredited)
Albert Clarke .... still photographer (uncredited)
Hugh Davey .... focus puller (uncredited)
Geoff Glover .... focus puller (uncredited)
John Shinerock .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bridget Sellers .... wardrobe (as Bridgit Sellers)
 
Editorial Department
Spencer Reeve .... supervising editor
Adrian McDonald .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Michael Rabiger .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Bill Lewthwaite .... location director
 
Music Department
Johnny Douglas .... composer: additional music
Johnny Douglas .... music director: additional music
Ron Goodwin .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... driver: generator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Pamela Davies .... continuity
Curlie Flower .... production secretary (uncredited)
Catherine O'Brien .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"Invasion of the Triffids" - International (English title), USA (imdb display title)
"Revolt of the Triffids" - International (English title)
"Humanity SOS!" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
93 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1963) (cut) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) (1997) (2017) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #21227) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Kieron Moore and Janette Scott were only added to the cast when it was discovered on completion of filming that there was only 57 minutes of good usable footage available. The whole lighthouse sequence, directed by the veteran Director of Photography Freddie Francis, was only added on to help extend the movie's running time.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: When Bill counts the chimes of Big Ben (the iconic clock tower of the Palace of Westminster), he is in Moorfields Eye Hospital. This hospital is 2.5 miles from Big Ben and the chimes cannot be heard at that distance.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Narrator:[narrating voice over] In nature's scheme of things, there are certain plants which are carnivorous, or eating plants. The Venus Fly Trap is one of the best known of these plants. A fly drawn to the plant by its sweet syrup, brushes against triggered bristles. Just how these plants digest their pray has yet to be explained. There is much still to learn about these fascinating eating plants. This is a newcomer: Triffidus Celestus, brought to earth on the meteorite during the Day of the Triffids.
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Realistic, Atmospheric and Memorable Adaptation of John Wyndham's Novel, 1 November 2007
Author: silverscreen888

This is a well-told film that lacks post-1994 incredible special effects expenditures and massive overspending. What it has is a very solid story line, a number of memorable scenes and a feel of realism about it that adds a great deal I suggest to its eerie sci-fi atmosphere. Its central character, Bill, a career seaman played expertly by Howard Keel, is a man facing an nightmare. The film begins in a small typical and beautifully-presented small London hospital where he has to wait one more day before removing bandages to ensure that his vision will return to normal. Banter with a lovely nurse and his doctor turn into a prescient strangeness the next morning--when Keel awakes to find the hospital abandoned, all floors silent amid signs of damage and swift departure...Telephones are not working either. He removes his bandages to find a world without people. We learn, through his adventures and those of a couple in an isolated lighthouse off the coast, where the husband does scientific experiments and drinks too much, that a shower of meteors watched by billions, have destroyed their optic nerves and thus rendered nearly everyone blind. We soon learn that this is a worldwide phenomenon. In addition, a species of plants called triffids have developed from being small insect eating plants into towering and motile monstrosities that can sting and paralyze then absorb human beings as food. They spray small spores to propagate, are reproducing in millions and thus threaten all remaining human life. Keel picks up a young girl who can also see; and after escaping a crowd of the desperate in London and witnessing an attempt at an airliner landing turning into a massive explosion, they escapes from the city. Thereafter, their adventures deal with the plants' attacks, attempts to reach the continent and a rendezvous in Paris and then one in Spain; but the bulk of the film involves the couples' lonely battle with the triffids on their isolated island, and Keel's final escape from a doomed French haven with Nicole Maurey and the young girls as they make for a submarine pickup, the last scheduled for Europe's remaining sighted persons. The great task that everyone faces during the film is striving against all odds to find some way of defeating the plants as well simply escaping. The piece's screenplay by veteran Philip Yordan, adapted from a good John Wyndham novel, I find to be rather satisfying. Steve Sekely directed in swift-paced and intelligent style. The competent cast besides Keel, a most underrated leading man, include strong Kieron More and Janette Scott as the couple in the lighthouse, Mervyn Johns, Alison Leggatt, Geoffrey Mathews, Ewan Roberts, Janina Faye as the young girl picked up by Keel, Gilgi Hauser, pretty Carol Ann Ford, Colette Wild as the lovely nurse and Victor Brooks, among others. This estimable film was produced by Yordan, with George Pitcher as line producer assisted by Bernard Glasser. Rod Goodwin's musical score is powerful and well-above-average at all points. the cinematography by Ted Moore and Cedric Dawe's gritty art direction are also noteworthy. The film looks back I suggest to previous 1950s color sci-fi efforts; but its plants also became the model for the Star Trek "This Side of Paradise" spore-producing vegetation.. And its generally serious feel was copied many times thereafter, both the lighthouse sequence and the cross-country adventures of keep and his companions. But these achievements have seldom been approached let alone bettered. Anyone viewing the film today I assert should respond to its unusual realism; complaints about a lack of multi-million dollar graphics are undoubtedly more than misplaced. The storyline was a difficult one to capture in a brief film even in the 1960s. I suggest that the makers have done this exacting task rather admirably. Scenes such as the surrounding of an electrified yard by the carnivorous plants, the airliner's approach and crash, and the escape of Keel, Faye and Maurey from her house when it is taken over by convicts deserve critical acclaim. I judge this effort to be one of the most underrated of sci-fi films of all time.

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