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 sabotaged his nuclear lab. They took his wife...They tried to kill him...Then they cloned him. See more »


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Dead Man Running  »

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A very creepy secret government program, unmonitored and run amok..
29 November 2008 | by (Fairfax, VA) – See all my reviews

Low budget film "The Clones" capitalizes on both the subject of forbidden scientific experimentation and also on the genuinely creepy topic of a secret government program, unmonitored and run amok. Although most of the cast is largely unknown, the lead character of Dr. Appelby is very effectively played by long-legged Michael Greene, who also plays the clone, his exact duplicate; fascinating when both are in the same scene. The clone, who wants to survive, escapes the facility pretending to be the doctor which sets off the no less than murderous security patrol detailed to dispose of anyone including the doctor who might compromise the program. The fateful pursuit is action-filled and taut, even hair-raising. I was amazed at how good this film was, despite less than stellar photography. "The Clones" definitely delivers the requisite thrills and frissons required of the sci-fi suspense thriller genre. It is far superior to many more costly and better known examples.

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