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Invasion of the Triffids (1963)

The Day of the Triffids (original title)
Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 27 April 1963 (USA)
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After an unusual meteor shower leaves most of the human population blind, a merchant navy officer must find a way to conquer tall, aggressive plants which are feeding on people and animals.

Directors:

Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis (uncredited)

Writers:

Bernard Gordon (screenplay), Philip Yordan (front for Bernard Gordon) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Howard Keel ... Bill Masen
Nicole Maurey ... Christine Durrant
Janette Scott ... Karen Goodwin
Kieron Moore ... Tom Goodwin
Mervyn Johns ... Mr. Coker
Ewan Roberts ... Dr. Soames
Alison Leggatt Alison Leggatt ... Miss Coker
Geoffrey Matthews Geoffrey Matthews ... Luis de la Vega
Janina Faye ... Susan
Gilgi Hauser Gilgi Hauser ... Teresa de la Vega
John Tate John Tate ... Captain - SS Midland
Carole Ann Ford ... Bettina (as Carol Ann Ford)
Arthur Gross ... Flight 356 Radioman
Colette Wilde Colette Wilde ... Nurse Jamieson (as Collette Wilde)
Ian Wilson ... Greenhouse Watchman
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Storyline

A shower of meteorites produces a glow that blinds anyone that looks at it. As it was such a beautiful sight, most people were watching, and as a consequence, 99% of the population go blind. In the original novel, this chaos results in the escape of some Triffids: experimental plants that are capable of moving themselves around and attacking people. In the film version, however, the Triffids are not experimental plants. Instead they are space aliens whose spores have arrived in an earlier meteor shower. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>, edited by Triffid Fan

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Spine Chilling Terror See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Day of the Triffids See more »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although delighted to be reunited with Howard Keel (whom she had met as a child), Carole Ann Ford found the film difficult to work on, citing last-minute script revisions and changes of director as particular problems. She also suffered when an action sequence left her back accidentally raked by a stuntman's nails, drawing blood. See more »

Goofs

When Bill is about to dive into the sea to be picked up by the rescue boat, he tosses his cap away onto the cliff, but at the end of the film, when he and the others are climbing the stairs to the church, he's once again wearing the same cap. See more »

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Narrator: [narrating voice over] In nature's scheme of things, there are certain plants which are carnivorous, or eating plants. The Venus Fly Trap is one of the best known of these plants. A fly drawn to the plant by its sweet syrup, brushes against triggered bristles. Just how these plants digest their pray has yet to be explained. There is much still to learn about these fascinating eating plants. This is a newcomer: Triffidus Celestus, brought to earth on the meteorite during the Day of ...
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Alternate Versions

In pan & scan versions of this film, there is an extra scene as Bill & Susan depart England for France. They are seen on the small motorboat and Susan asks Bill "Where are we going?". Bill answers "We're going to that meeting in Paris, if we can make it". They then hear an explosion behind them, and we see that the ship they had just left from has exploded. We then see their small boat heading out to sea past an estuary lighthouse. This scene is missing from the letterbox versions. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles (1967) See more »

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Enjoyable escapism
14 September 2003 | by CombermanSee all my reviews

My two favourite scenes: when the first Triffid manifested itself in the Botany Establishment and rudely interrupted the Warden eating his packed lunch, and when Faye and Keel's car got stuck in the mud with the nasty weed creeping inexorably towards them. DotT is not a great movie, but it has its high moments (any movie with Jeanette Scott in it just has to have high points!!). I'm a keen fan of Wyndham and wasn't particularly bothered that the film did not diligently follow the plot of his novel - but then how many movies ever do? On the whole it wasn't a bad adaptation - that's all it could be called. A must for the SF Movie Buff's collection!


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