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 »

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Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

At the 35 minute mark Ralph is seen in his lavishly decorated bedroom with scores of framed paintings covering the walls. Obviously they were collected from art galleries around the city, along with statuary on top of shelves and dresser tops. Paintings are even stacked on the floor, leaning against the walls. This profusion of artwork implies that Ralph values the fruits of mankind's artistic endeavors and wants to preserve them, despite the fact that he might be the last person on Earth. See more »

Goofs

When the characters run through the street the sound of their footsteps does not synchronize exactly with their footfalls, they are a bit off. It's a subtle effect but noticeable. See more »

Quotes

Sarah Crandall: Women enjoy parlor games.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in I Am Legend (2007) See more »

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Gotta Travel On
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Written by Paul Clayton, Larry Ehrlich, David Lazar, and Tom Six
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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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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