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These Are the Damned (1962)

The Damned (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 7 July 1965 (USA)
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An American tourist, a youth gang leader, and his troubled sister find themselves trapped in a top secret government facility experimenting on children.

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writers:

Evan Jones (screenplay), H.L. Lawrence (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Macdonald Carey ... Simon Wells
Shirley Anne Field ... Joan
Viveca Lindfors ... Freya
Alexander Knox ... Bernard
Oliver Reed ... King
Walter Gotell ... Major Holland
James Villiers James Villiers ... Captain Gregory
Tom Kempinski Tom Kempinski ... Ted (as Thomas Kempinski)
Kenneth Cope ... Sid
Brian Oulton ... Mr. Dingle
Barbara Everest Barbara Everest ... Miss Lamont
Allan McClelland Allan McClelland ... Mr. Stuart (as Alan McClelland)
James Maxwell ... Mr. Talbot
Rachel Clay Rachel Clay ... Victoria
Caroline Sheldon Caroline Sheldon ... Elizabeth
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Hammer Films

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

These Are the Damned See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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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(at around 38mins) When Neilson wrestles King to the ground, a person's shadow (cameraman?) can be seen to move on the ground next to them. See more »

Quotes

Freya Neilson: You know, someone once told me, that when a bureaucrat wants to keep his job, he stamps everything 'Top Secret.' Is that true?
Bernard: [Coyly] It's probably true, sometimes.
Freya Neilson: I... hate your secrets, Bernard.
Bernard: [Suddenly very hesitant] Freya, if I were to tell you... even a little *bit* about... what you call my 'secrets,'... I might be condemning you to death. Please trust my judgement.
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Crazy Credits

The credit "JOSEPH LOSEY director", unlike the others, recedes and vanishes. See more »

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Referenced in Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood! (1987) See more »

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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 claudio_carvalhoSee 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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