Five men trapped in an underground Research Center determine that their oxygen will run out before they can be rescued They decide to have a "lottery" to choose who will have to die so the ... See full summary »

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Dr. Walter Meade Taylor
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Anderson / prosecutor
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Dr. Adam Winters
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Dr. Nathaniel Kaufman
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Arthur Jensen
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Dr. Eduardo Lenzi (as John vanDreelen)
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Judge Thomas Calvin
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Mrs. Sarah Jensen
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Murphy
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Schmidt
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Mrs. Beemer
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Bruce Reynolds
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Five men trapped in an underground Research Center determine that their oxygen will run out before they can be rescued They decide to have a "lottery" to choose who will have to die so the rest can live.After being saved,the four survivors are charged with murder and find the outcome could be fatal. Written by dubchi

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30 January 1964 (USA)  »

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Members of the research team arrive by car, and pass through the security gate, while a powder blue and white top 1964 Thunderbird convertible arrives. Upon parking a few moments later, that Thunderbird is seen to be already parked, and empty. See more »

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Great Adaptation of Speluncean Explorers
13 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was a playlet based more or less on Harvard law professor Lon Fuller's article, The Case of the Speluncean Explorers. Fuller's article dealt with explorers trapped in a cave who resort to cannibalism-by-lottery in order to survive until rescued. In this version, five scientists and a security guard are trapped in a scientific installation deep underground when the only elevator shaft collapses. Having calculated their air supply, they find that survival is only possible if one of their number dies. All agree to a lottery: each will draw a computer knob from a basket (?) and withdraw to a private office, having first placed the security guard's gun on a table in the central office area. Whoever gets the black knob will have the choice of either killing himself or one of the others. If he decides to kill one of the others, the gun is to be wiped of prints and replaced on the table. After the shot, all will wait for some minutes before coming out to see what has happened.

As he himself predicts, the security guard gets it. Following the rescue, the five survivors are put on trial jointly for murder. Somewhat like the law article, the attorneys and the scientists argue over the legal issues involved. The title refers to Hobbes' Leviathan and his description of the social contract, the object of which is to ensure survival; in any case where survival is threatened, men can be said to leave civil society and to have returned to a state of nature where civil law simply does not apply.


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