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Doomsday Machine (1972)

| Sci-Fi | 1972 (USA)
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:
Dr. Marion Turner
Maj. Georgianna Bronski
Dr. Haines
Maj. Kurt Mason
Dr. Christopher Perry
Chia Essie Lin ...
Girl Spy
Mission Control Officer
Lorri Scott ...
Lt. Katie Carlson
Col. Don Price (as Scott Miller)
1st Reporter
John Cestare
Frank Gambina
Major / Astronaut

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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 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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Escape from Planet Earth  »

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Katie: You're very forceful, aren't you?
Mason: Do I, er, need force?
Katie: I was talking about vibrations.
Mason: Oh. How are yours doing?
Katie: What do they say?
Mason: I'm not sure, but I like them.
Katie: And they like you. In time.
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Interesting plot, but poorly executed
10 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I sometimes wonder why people make these sub B grade movies. But since they are made, there must be a market for them, although I have no idea where.

Out of all bad movies of this type, this one is not bad. It's clear that they had no budget for special effects, so a footages from a Japanese disaster movie is used, and the rockets are also from Japanese movies, and you can clearly see the rising sun symbol on its wings.

The best part of the movie is its plot. An exploration to Venus is suddenly altered at the last minute to exchange 3 male pilots for 3 female pilots. In fact the plan is to convert the space ship into Noah's ark for the survival of human race. But they do not find the new world so friendly either.

This movie can be remade with better production. The story is that good, with few alterations.

I hope someone will recognize the value and do a decent remake of this movie.

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