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The 27th Day (1957)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | July 1957 (USA)
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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.

Director:

William Asher

Writers:

John Mantley (screenplay), John Mantley (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gene Barry ... Jonathan Clark
Valerie French ... Eve Wingate
George Voskovec ... Prof. Klaus Bechner
Arnold Moss ... The Alien
Stefan Schnabel ... The Soviet General
Ralph Clanton Ralph Clanton ... Mr. Ingram
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Dr. Karl Neuhaus (as Frederick Ledebur)
Paul Birch ... Admiral
Azemat Janti Azemat Janti ... Ivan Godofsky
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Storyline

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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Terror From Outer Space! See more »

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Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

27-й день See more »

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Production Co:

Romson Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Jonathan uses Eve's radio after they get into a cab at the airport, she asks what type of music is being played and he tells her it is rock and roll. However, the radio is actually playing big band jazz. See more »

Quotes

[a running Ivan Godofsky is illuminated by a spotlight]
Russian Officer: Going somewhere, Private Godofsky?
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Referenced in The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) See more »

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Spoon fed movie goers need not watch
10 January 2000 | by oigresSee all my reviews

This movie is an underrated gem that has been overlooked by science fiction buffs. The 27th day rates with such films as: The Day The Earth Stood Still and The Thing From Another World. This movie was too cerebral for its' time. It examines the possibility of a superior life form, from another galaxy, providing mankind the power to obliterate life or to salvage life from our planet. The handling of this subject is done with intelligence, a good cast and a decent script.

The movie portrays the constant struggle between good and evil. In this case, with the paranoia of the cold war, the Russians are the ones who seek world domination. All in all a good movie to watch and enjoy. An 8 out of 10!!


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