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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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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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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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15 April 1965 (USA)  »

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Ein Riß in der Welt  »

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$873,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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In the beginning, while explaining the plan to the commissioners, Dr. Stephen Sorenson said that they are going to use a ten megaton missile to bore through to the mantle. Later, when Dr. Stephen Sorenson and Dr. Rampion are analyzing two spectrographs, they discover a hydrogen signature. Dr. Rampion says, "But you didn't use a hydrogen bomb." The upper limit yield of fission weapons is about 500 KT (about 1/2 of a megaton). Fusion weapons were designed to release more power than a fission bomb, as much as 50 megatons. The bomb Sorenson used must have been a fusion, or hydrogen bomb. 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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Referenced in Deep Core (2000) See more »

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Fun sci-fi suspense.
31 October 2001 | by (North Hemis) – See all my reviews

Reasonably intelligent, suspenseful science-fiction drama which is still worth a look despite modern science/plate tectonics theory having rendered it largely superfluous. Fine acting by Dana Andrews and Kieron Moore help elevate the proceedings.

GORGO director Eugene Lourie supervised the special effects, and there are several standout sequences of miniatures photography, along with the usual requisite stock footage, some good and some NSG. There's also a well-handled set piece of thermal-suited scientists descending into a volcanic caldera in order to place an A-bomb that generates some good suspense. (We'll overlook the subsequent post-blast scene where there is disconcertingly no shock wave.) I saw this on a double bill (it was the 2nd feature) with a Japanese giant monster flick back in the 60's; can't remember the monster (maybe Ghidrah?) but this is the picture that sticks in my mind. The denouement is audacious and thought- provoking.


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