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The 27th Day (1957)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | July 1957 (USA)
Aliens take 5 people, give them small capsules which can kill mankind without additional damage, with the understanding they will colonize Earth only if they use the weapons.

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Cast overview:
... Jonathan Clark
... Eve Wingate
... Prof. Klaus Bechner
... The Alien
... The Soviet General
Ralph Clanton ... Mr. Ingram
... Dr. Karl Neuhaus (as Frederick Ledebur)
... Admiral
Azemat Janti ... Ivan Godofsky
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Five individuals from five nations, including the "Superpowers," USA, USSR, and China, suddenly find themselves on an alien spacecraft. An alien gives each a container holding capsules. No power on earth can open a given container except a mental command from the person to whom it is given. Each person has been provided with the power of life and death. Any of these individuals has the capability to instantaneously launch the capsules to whatever coordinates he/she chooses, and each capsule will then eradicate all human life within a 3,000-mile radius of its designated location. Written by Craig Chilton <xanadu@sbt.net>

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The 27 Most Terrifying Days in History! See more »

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27-й день  »

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When the Soviet General and Prof. Beckner launch the capsules the General gives the coordinates for Houston, Texas (29° 45' 26" N, 95° 21' W). Beckner gives the coordinates for Moscow (55° 45' 18" N, 37° 37' 14" E). Beckner is also heard giving partial coordinates for 45° 4' 23" N and 12' 12" E but the degrees are missing. When the US tests one of the "bombs" it is suppose to take place in area more that three thousand miles in diameter off the east coast of South America. The test capsule is activated with the coordinates 71° 25' 13" S, 150° 14' 18" E which is instead in Antarctica. See more »

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When the doctor is standing in the life raft waiting for the bomb to detonate he is standing perfectly still. If the raft was actually in the ocean there would be be movement. See more »

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Eve Wingate: Maybe people really aren't worth saving.
Jonathan Clark: I don't know, a lot of them are nice.
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Edited into Voskovec & Werich - paralelní osudy (2012) See more »

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A thoughtful look at "the 27th Day"
14 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

This a very thoughtful film. Even though the film takes place in 1957 the subject matter is current into todays world. The film makes you think of society as a whole. Not of just one nation. The ills and the good of human relations with each other and our surroundings. How far we would go to make this world a far better place or a Hell of earth. It makes you stop and think, what would you do with the power the people were given in the film. The effects were average for a film of the time period. Great effects were not needed though. Watch, listen and think. The film gets better each time you watch it.


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