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These Are the Damned (1963)
"The Damned" (original title)

 -  Drama | Fantasy | Horror  -  7 July 1965 (USA)
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An American tourist, a youth gang leader, and his troubled sister find themselves trapped in a top secret government facility experimenting on children.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Macdonald Carey ...
Simon Wells
Shirley Anne Field ...
Joan
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Freya Neilson
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Bernard
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King
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Major Holland
Brian Oulton ...
Mr. Dingle
Kenneth Cope ...
Sid
James Villiers ...
Captain Gregory
Tom Kempinski ...
Ted (as Thomas Kempinski)
Barbara Everest ...
Miss Lamont
Allan McClelland ...
Mr. Stuart (as Alan McClelland)
James Maxwell ...
Mr. Talbot
Rachel Clay ...
Victoria
Caroline Sheldon ...
Elizabeth
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Legal and illegal criminality. An American tourist with a boat is robbed by a gang of teenager boys, assisted by the leader's sister. But soon afterward she jumps to the victim's boat to escape her brother's incestuous jealousy. The couple fly together and is hunted by the entire gang. Both happen to enter high-classified military territory. There might be a third and atomic world war, after which no ordinary man could survive. But now and then children are born who are "naturally" radio-active and have cold blood. They might survive in the post-war world and carry on mankind. They are fetched and brought to an underground construction where they are educated by TV. They are told that they are on a space ship moving toward the earth, which they should eventually colonize. This military project seems to be a failure because of a high mortality among the children. - The military soon finds the gang. The couple finds the children and tries to help them to escape. This situation will ... Written by Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden

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Children of Ice And Darkness! They Are the Lurking Unseen Evil You Dare Not Face Alone! See more »


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$500,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although submitted to the BBFC in 1961 the UK release was held back by almost a year after director Joseph Losey delayed making a requested censor cut which showed King beating Wells with his umbrella. Losey eventually made the cut and the film was released in 1963. See more »

Goofs

(at around 38mins) When Neilson wrestles King to the ground, a person's shadow (cameraman?) can be seen to move on the ground next to them. See more »

Quotes

Freya Neilson: [Referring to Simon] I like him.
Bernard: I thought you would.
Freya Neilson: I like him because he doesn't like the world. It's a good beginning.
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Blues in the Night
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Whistled by the gang in the night coast scene to signal each other
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Restored print is Damned nice to see
3 March 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

(THESE ARE) THE DAMNED is now being seen in the U.S. in a restored print that has been making the rounds (I caught up with it at the 27th Annual Boston Science Fiction Film Marathon & Festival (for info go to: www.sf.theboard.net) on February 17th.

After having seen it only in edited form on late night TV decades ago, it was fascinating to see the exquisite B&W photography on the big screen (with footage not in the TV prints). Although it was made under the Hammer Films banner, THE DAMNED is not a typical SF picture by any means. Expatriate director Joseph Losey set out to make a social parable more than an SF thriller. He succeeds in showing how society's increasing violence and callousness on the streets could lead to the horrible thought of "breeding" radioactive children in the government in order to survive an inevitable (?) nuclear war. The moral is both, of the time & time-less. Of course, modern audiences may feel that the end of the Cold War makes such a tale outdated and even silly - but are we only fooling ourselves?

"Black Leather, Black Leather....."


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