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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 ... 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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Taglines:

Children of Ice And Darkness! They Are the Lurking Unseen Evil You Dare Not Face Alone! See more »


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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Working title was "On the Brink." See more »

Goofs

(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

Simon Wells: How old are you, Victoria?
Victoria: I'm 11. We're all 11. We all have our birthdays the same week.
Simon Wells: How long have you been here?
Victoria: We've been here always.
Simon Wells: What about your parents? Don't they come to see you?
Victoria: Oh, we were hoping you were our parents.
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Crazy Credits

Over the end credits a Government helicopter continues to pursue the speedboat with Simon and Joan on board taking evasive action, before an inconclusive fade. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Blues in the Night
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Whistled by the gang in the night coast scene to signal each other
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We Are The Damned
22 April 2011 | by Vornoff-3See all my reviews

A delightful piece of Cold War cynicism about a small group of radioactive children being raised by the British government to repopulate a future post-nuclear Earth. It opens with some beautiful footage of 60s Dorset, with Teddy Boys ruling the streets and the instant hit "Black Leather" blaring on the soundtrack. Even the mandatory love story has a cynical edge – the hapless middle-aged burnout falls for the shill who sets him up to get his arse kicked by the Teds, and she, hopeless and soapless herself, can't find anything better to do than fall for him. No one is right in this movie, and ultimately, we are all the Damned.


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