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The Clones (1973)

PG  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi  |  August 1973 (USA)
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A scientist discovers a plot to clone other scientists so the government can control the weather.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Greene ...
Dr. Gerald Appleby
Otis Young ...
Susan Hunt ...
Carl Swafford
Secretary of HEW
Brooks Brothers Hippie (as John Barrymore Jr.)
Barbara Bergdorf ...
Janet (as Barbara Burgdorf)
Raynold Gideon ...
Fred Kalif (as Ray Gideon)
Noble 'Kid' Chissell ...
Laboratory Guard
Angelo Rossitto ...
Man at Phone Booth (as Angelo Rossito)
Dr. Bradigan
Sandy Horowitz ...
Dave Atkins ...
Truck Driver


A nuclear scientist is "cloned" by foreign agents, struggles against terrifying odds to prove he is himself and not the clone. Producers note that the word Clones was rarely, if ever heard in the American vocabulary before this picture was released Written by Rajnish Sinha <>

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They duplicated one too many. They had to find him. And kill him. See more »


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Dead Man Running  »

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Flawed But Fascinating Low-Budget Sci-Fi
3 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Clones is more than worthwhile for those who admire ambitious shoestring budget film-making. Principal among its charms is its eerie stylistic inventiveness, with disorienting tracking shots, upside-down fish-eye camera-work, offbeat locations, and weird effects on the soundtrack, ensuring that an oppressive 70s paranoia takes hold of the viewer.

The script is hit-and-miss, sometimes dumb, and the story weakens when the clone conspiracy is revealed to be only a part of a much, much broader sci-fi intrigue. The aforementioned strengths more than compensate for any failings, however. The Clones is a film that will be best appreciated by those who enjoy old, modestly budgeted but atmospheric speculative movies like Seconds, It's Alive, or The Terminal Man.

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