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These Are the Damned (1962)

The Damned (original title)
An American tourist, a youth gang leader, and his troubled sister find themselves trapped in a top secret government facility experimenting on children.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Simon Wells
... Joan
... Freya Neilson
... Bernard
... King
... Major Holland
... Mr. Dingle
... Sid
James Villiers ... Captain Gregory
Tom Kempinski ... Ted (as Thomas Kempinski)
Barbara Everest ... Miss Lamont
Allan McClelland ... Mr. Stuart (as Alan McClelland)
James Maxwell ... Mr. Talbot
Rachel Clay ... Victoria
Caroline Sheldon ... Elizabeth
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The middle-aged American Simon Wells sails in his boat to Weymouth and stumbles with the twenty year-old Joan on the street. He believes that she is a prostitute but she is actually part of a scheme of a motorcycle gang to rob tourists. Simon is brutally beaten up by her brother King and his gang. The policemen find the wounded Simon and take him to a bar to recover, where he meets the military Bernard and his mistress Freya Neilson. On the next morning, Joan challenges King and meets Simon in his boat, and King and his gang hunts Simon down. Joan and Simon spend the night together in an isolated house and on the morning, they are located by the gang. They try to flee and stumble in a top-secret military facility managed by Bernard. They are helped by children and brought to their hideout in a cave. King falls in the sea while chasing the couple and is also helped by a boy and brought to the same place. Soon Joan finds that the children are cold as if they were dead. What is the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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7 July 1965 (USA)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Byron's "The Prisoner of Chillon," which is on the children's curriculum, is a poem about the lone surviving member of a family who has been martyred. See more »

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A shadow of a crew member can be seen moving after King shoots the soldier in the lab. See more »

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Freya Neilson: A public servant is the only servant who has secrets from his master.
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Blues in the Night
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Music by Harold Arlen
Whistled by the gang in the night coast scene to signal each other
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Creepy Sci-Fi
22 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

The middle-aged American Simon Wells (Macdonald Carey) sails in his boat to Weymouth and stumbles with the twenty year-old Joan (Shirley Anne Field) on the street. He believes that she is a prostitute but she is actually part of a scheme of a motorcycle gang to rob tourists. Simon is brutally beaten up by her brother King (Oliver Reed) and his gang. The policemen find the wounded Simon and take him to a bar to recover, where he meets the military Bernard (Alexander Knox) and his mistress Freya Neilson (Viveca Lindfors). On the next morning, Joan challenges King and meets Simon in his boat, and King and his gang hunts Simon down. Joan and Simon spend the night together in an isolated house and on the morning, they are located by the gang. They try to flee and stumble in a top-secret military facility managed by Bernard. They are helped by children and brought to their hideout in a cave. King falls in the sea while chasing the couple and is also helped by a boy and brought to the same place. Soon Joan finds that the children are cold as if they were dead. What is the secret of the children and the military staff?

"The Damned" is a creepy sci-fi with a very dark and hopeless conclusion in the summit of the Cold War. In this period, people were paranoid with nuclear attack and the British research in understood by those that lived in that period. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Malditos" ("Damned")


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