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Crack in the World (1965)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  15 April 1965 (USA)
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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
Janette Scott ...
Dr. Maggie Sorenson
Kieron Moore ...
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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Ein Riß in der Welt  »

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$873,000 (estimated)
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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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After Rampion arrives on the ocean floor in a deep sea vehicle to investigate eruptions caused by the missile's explosion, he uses his camera's flash mode while taking photos of the eruptions. But the eruptions are very bright, making flash unnecessary. Also, the flashes would reflect off the vehicle's window, resulting in prints showing nothing. See more »

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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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Science is a bit dated, but a fun movie nonetheless.
9 December 2001 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews



Interesting story about a dying scientist who plans to tap the geothermal energy beneath the Earth's crust, with dire consequences. Andrews, Scott and Moore, as well as Alexander Knox, all give excellent performances. Special effects are superb and very believable. I remember seeing this on TV when I was a kid, and it scared me to DEATH. Seeing it again as an adult, it is not quite as scary, but is still fast-paced and entertaining. Sadly, it is not available on video to my knowledge. Perhaps someone at Paramount will read this and take the hint.

While the science is now dated, thanks to the discovery of plate tectonics (the Earth's crust is divided into may separate "plates", and therefore already has many "cracks"), the story is still entertaining. The interaction between Dr Sorenson (Andrews), an aging scientist trying for one last victory; his young wife Maggie (Scott), a scientist in her own right; and Dr Rampion (Moore), the project's geologist and an old flame of Maggie's to boot; works very well, even if it is a bit formulaic.

All in all it is a fun movie, and definitely worth the time to see it if you can. Paramount would do well to re-release it on video and especially widescreen DVD. How about it, guys?


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