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Crack in the World (1965)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi | 15 April 1965 (USA)
A dying scientist pushes forward his project to tap through to the Earth's magma layer, with results that threaten to destroy the Earth as we know it.

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Cast

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Dr. Stephen Sorenson
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Dr. Maggie Sorenson
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Dr. Ted Rampion
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Sir Charles Eggerston
Peter Damon ...
John Masefield
Jim Gillen ...
Rand
Gary Lasdun ...
Markov
Alfred Brown ...
Dr. Bill Evans
Mike Steen ...
Steele
Emilio Carrere
Sydna Scott ...
Angela
John Karlsen ...
Dr. Reynolds
Todd Martin ...
Simpson
Ben Tatar ...
Indian Ambassador
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Storyline

Dr. Stephen Sorenson plans to tap the geothermal energy of the Earth's interior by means of a thermonuclear device detonated deep within the earth. Despite dire warnings by fellow scientist Ted Rampion, Dr. Sorenson proceeds with the experiment after secretly learning that he is terminally ill. This experiment causes a crack to form and grow within the Earth's crust, which threatens to split the Earth in two if it is not stopped in time. Written by Teresa E. Tutt <tuttt@rpi.edu>

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[From trailer] Science's Dream of Limitless Power... Becomes Mankind's Nightmare of Unimaginable Terror! See more »

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Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

15 April 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Riß in der Welt  »

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$873,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Eugène Lourié had two models of the gantry built. The second was made of balsa wood for the explosion scene. This insured complete destruction of the gantry while avoiding the danger of the set being sprayed by shrapnel. See more »

Goofs

When the dignitaries visit the complex, Maggie mispronounces the word "seismographs." She says "SEIZE-mographs" instead of the correct pronunciation, "SIZE-mographs." As an expert holding a doctorate in geology, should ought to know the correct pronunciation of such a basic term. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Maggie Sorenson: But, Sir Charles, the project entrance is half a mile further on!
Sir Charles Eggerston: I know, Mrs. Sorenson. I wanted to stop here to take a better look at THAT. That's your drill tower, isn't it?
Dr. Maggie Sorenson: Yes, it is.
Sir Charles Eggerston: What's that missile doing up there? I thought we came here to discuss with your husband the POSSIBILITY of using an atomic warhead.
Dr. Maggie Sorenson: HALF a missile, Sir Charles. If you look closely, you'll see it's not armed.
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Great Saturday afternoon sci-fi adventure stuff...
27 December 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Loved this movie as a kid, and even today, it stands up as great B-movie sci-fi stuff. Not a dull moment, and they even find time to throw in a sordid love triangle! Nothing else quite like it-except for modern Deep Impact/Armageddon stuff. Wish I could get it on video/DVD.


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