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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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Storyline

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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$500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Byron's "The Prisoner of Chillon," which is on the children's curriculum, is a poem about the lone surviving member of a family who has been martyred. 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

Simon Wells: [to Freya. Aware that his face is covered with blood] Would you excuse my appearance? I've been sightseeing.
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Featured in The World of Hammer: Sci-Fi (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Black Leather Rock
(uncredited)
Music by James Bernard
Lyrics by Evan Jones
Arranged by Douglas Gamley
Sung by the gang in the opening sequence
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Brilliant science fiction fable
11 November 1999 | by (Glendale, CA) – See all my reviews

Director Joseph Losey brilliantly combines a story of adolescent thugs (led by Oliver Reed) mugging American MacDonald Carey with a disturbing science fiction story about the government raising radioactive children to populate the earth after the bomb drops. Beautifully shot, very well-written and well-acted by all concerned, this little-seen film is a classic of its kind.


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