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Doomsday Machine (1972)

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Spies discover that the Red Chinese have built a "doomsday machine" capable of destroying the surface of the Earth, and that they plan to use it within a matter of days. Meanwhile, Project ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Van ...
Dr. Marion Turner
Maj. Georgianna Bronski
James Craig ...
Dr. Haines
Grant Williams ...
Maj. Kurt Mason
Dr. Christopher Perry
Essie Lin Chia ...
Girl Spy
Mission Control Officer
Lorri Scott ...
Lt. Katie Carlson
Denny Miller ...
Col. Don Price (as Scott Miller)
1st Reporter
John Cestare
Frank Gambina
Major / Astronaut


Spies discover that the Red Chinese have built a "doomsday machine" capable of destroying the surface of the Earth, and that they plan to use it within a matter of days. Meanwhile, Project Astra, a manned U.S. space mission to Venus, is in its final hours before launch when it is taken over by the military and nearly half of its all-male crew is replaced by women. The reason for this becomes apparent when, shortly after Astra leaves orbit, the Earth is completely destroyed in a global cataclysm! Is the human race doomed? What dangers and wonders await the crew of the Astra on their journey to Venus? Written by yortsnave

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The interior hatch shown that is used to move from level to level is far too small for anyone to pass through. In fact, we never see anyone ever actually pass through one. See more »


Katie: I've got myself railroaded into a stud poker game!
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It ain't easy bein' cheesy.
24 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hey, a space ship that comes with its own seat belt equipped laz-e-boy recliners! OK, given that this thing was started by one bunch in the 60s and then finished by another group in the 70s you can pretty much figure that continuity is out the window. Hairstyles change, the Russian chick looses her accent, and boy does Danny's voice ever change. But given the circumstances, like two entirely different crews, I really don't think continuity and the lack of same ought to be a factor. The folks that took this thing out of mothballs and tried to make it work deserve kudos for the effort. And they did a fair job up until the very end. Pseudo-philosophical meanderings just don't fit well in a sci-fi movie that comes across like the B films of the same genre out of the 50s. But, thats rather where a lot of those flicks tried to go too, so I guess it was to be expected. At the end they even set it up for a sequel. Well, be thankful that never happened. The cast is fun, with players recognizable from "Wagon Train" to "M.A.S.H." and beyond. Its not so bad, and kinda fun to watch. With all the problems it survived, hey, maybe, at the edge of our solar system, there is an adventure awaiting the "last of man".

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