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Children of the Damned (1964)

Six impossibly intelligent children from all over the world with dangerous psychic powers hide in a church in England after the military tries to experiment on them. Besieged, they warn the military to back off before carnage ensues.

Director:

Anton Leader (as Anton M. Leader)

Writers:

John Briley (screenplay), John Wyndham (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Hendry ... Dr. Tom Llewellyn
Alan Badel ... Dr. David Neville
Barbara Ferris ... Susan Eliot
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ... Colin Webster
Sheila Allen Sheila Allen ... Diana Looran
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... Defense Minister
Patrick Wymark ... Commander
Martin Miller Martin Miller ... Prof. Gruber
Harold Goldblatt Harold Goldblatt ... Harib
Patrick White Patrick White ... Mr. Davidson
André Mikhelson André Mikhelson ... Russian official (as Andre Mikhelson)
Bessie Love ... Mrs. Robbins, Mark's Grandmother
Clive Powell ... Paul
Yoke-Moon Lee Yoke-Moon Lee ... Mi Ling (as Lee Yoke-Moon)
Roberta Rex Roberta Rex ... Nina
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Scientists discovers that six children from six different places in the world each have superhuman intelligence to such extent that they've even developed psychic powers. The children are flown to London to be studied, but they each escape their embassy and barricade themselves in a church which the military besieges. Is there a way to resolve this stand off peacefully, and if not, what then? Written by Fluffyudders

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

29 January 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Children of the Damned See more »

Filming Locations:

Bermondsey, London, England, UK See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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an underrated and misunderstood classic
7 November 2001 | by kxj01-1See all my reviews

Children of the Damned has generally been considered grossly inferior to Village of the Damned. I beg to differ as the point of both movies is quite different. In Village of the Damned the children were the result of alien insemination (presumably) and were simply evil. In Children of the Damned they are the result of a jump in evolution and they, themselves, are unsure of who they are and why they are here. The mystery is cleared up however when Paul makes a very eloquent speech near the end of the movie where he states that they have realized that they are here to help mankind. This speech no longer exists on the video version. It apparently was edited out at some point. However without it the ending makes no sense. The dropped screwdriver is played as a tragedy in the movie which contradicts the impression that the children are evil. In fact what the movie is about is a religious theme about how mankind kills its saviors.


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