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The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi | 20 May 1959 (USA)
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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 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)

Gross USA:

$585,000, 31 December 1959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,085,000, 31 December 1959
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The montage of the lion statues when Ralph rings the bell at St. Patrick's Cathedral is an homage to the stone lion montage in Battleship Potemkin (1925) and is also parodied in Woody Allen's Sleeper (1973). 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

Benson Thacker: I have nothing against negroes, Ralph.
Ralph Burton: That's white of you.
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Crazy Credits

As the films final credits cuts-in, the film states "The Beginning" rather than "The End". See more »

Connections

Referenced in I Am Legend (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Gotta Travel On
(uncredited)
Written by Paul Clayton, Larry Ehrlich, David Lazar, and Tom Six
Sung by Harry Belafonte
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"The World, the Flesh and the Devil"
3 January 2006 | by latobSee all my reviews

It is a movie at a time when a comfortable 50's America was 'asleep' re: the possibilities of a nuclear war......a sort of 'mass denial'. This movie started a trend re: the nuclear issue and 'the end of the world'; for later on that year (1959) there was "On the Beach", and in the early 60's, there was "Alas Babylon", etc. The movie "The World, the Flesh" and the Devil" was in startling black and white in both the filming and the actors. I was only in the 6th grade, so it made an enormous impact on me. The images of New York City completely EMPTY was shocking and too real to be believed! I was a bit disappointed when it succumbed to a romantic and sexual attraction level --- but now as an adult, I feel that those situations could very well happen as well....and after all , the movie had to make money! I am glad that this movie will be released on April 10, 2006.


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