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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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Never Anything Like It! 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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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

No explanation is ever given as to how Ben survived the radiation. 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 »

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Written by Alan Greene and Robert Nemiroff
Sung by Harry Belafonte
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the first time i watched the world end
17 December 2005 | by raegan_butcherSee all my reviews

When I was in the 3rd grade I stayed home from school one day sick with the flu and watched this on a local TV station and some scenes from it have stuck with me ever since; I will never forget the sight of Harry Belafonte eating dinner with Inger Stevens and then cleaning up by casually throwing the entire contents of the dinner table out the high rise apartment window and calculating that it would be YEARS before the pile of smashed crockery reached his window; who can explain the eerie fascination of empty cities? This film is one of the first to successfully pull off the effect, setting the standard for what followed: The Omega Man, The Day of The Triffids, 28 Days later and especially The Quiet Earth.


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