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The World, The Flesh and The Devil (1959)

The World, the Flesh and the Devil (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi | 1 May 1959 (USA)
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A miner trapped in a cave-in resurfaces, and upon discovering mankind has been wiped out in a nuclear holocaust, sets out to find other survivors.

Director:

Ranald MacDougall

Writers:

M.P. Shiel (novel) (as Matthew Phipps Shiel), Ferdinand Reyher (story "End of the World") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harry Belafonte ... Ralph Burton
Inger Stevens ... Sarah Crandall
Mel Ferrer ... Benson Thacker
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Storyline

Ralph Burton is a miner who is trapped for several days as a result of a cave-in. When he finally manages to dig himself out, he realizes that all of mankind seems to have been destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. He travels to New York City only to find it deserted. Making a life for himself there, he is flabbergasted to eventually find Sarah Crandall, who also managed to survive. Together, they form a close friendship until the arrival of Benson Thacker who has managed to pilot his small boat into the city's harbor. At this point the tensions rise between the three, particularly between Thacker, who is white and Burton, who is black. Written by garykmcd

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Which One Gets The Last Girl On Earth? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Trivia

Inger Stevens was secretly married in 1961 to Ike Jones, an African-American actor, in Tijuana, Mexico. They kept the marriage a secret because, at the time, it would've ruined her career. The truth was revealed after her death in 1970. See more »

Goofs

In his kitchen, Ralph shows Sarah how he's been throwing his dirty dishes out his apartment window because there's no water to wash them with. Sarah simply turns on the faucet and water flows, thanks to the water tower on top of Ralph's building. Ralph should not have been surprised by this, as he should have noticed that his toilet was still working. See more »

Quotes

Ralph Burton: They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Ralph Burton: [...]
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Crazy Credits

As the film's final credits cut-in, the film states "The Beginning" rather than "The End". See more »

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Featured in Sing Your Song (2011) See more »

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Fifteen
(uncredited)
Written by Alan Greene and Robert Nemiroff
Sung by Harry Belafonte
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Compelling and illogical, a guilty pleasure
12 October 2005 | by fitzvizionSee all my reviews

Like a trashy coffee table book you just can't put down. Hard to say why, but I keep going back and watching this film again and again. The irresistible notion of a single man roaming the empty streets of the big city, holds my attention every time. However, the execution of such a powerful idea gets muddled in this particular telling. For example, the city is clean -- there are no dead bodies, and any force powerful enough to disintegrate the bodies would have left traces, of which there are none. Despite the significant problems I had with this picture, I rushed out to buy the DVD first chance I got. And I bought Miklos Rozsa's score, too.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1 May 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The End of the World See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,659,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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