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Crack in the World (1965)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi | 15 April 1965 (USA)
A dying scientist pushes forward his project to tap through to the Earth's magma layer, with results that threaten to destroy the Earth as we know it.

Director:

Andrew Marton

Writers:

Jon Manchip White (story), Jon Manchip White (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dana Andrews ... Dr. Stephen Sorenson
Janette Scott ... Dr. Maggie Sorenson
Kieron Moore ... Dr. Ted Rampion
Alexander Knox ... Sir Charles Eggerston
Peter Damon Peter Damon ... John Masefield
Jim Gillen Jim Gillen ... Rand
Gary Lasdun Gary Lasdun ... Markov
Alfred Brown Alfred Brown ... Dr. Bill Evans
Mike Steen ... Steele
Emilio Carrere Emilio Carrere
Sydna Scott Sydna Scott ... Angela
John Karlsen ... Dr. Reynolds
Todd Martin Todd Martin ... Simpson
Ben Tatar Ben Tatar ... Indian Ambassador
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Storyline

Dr. Stephen Sorenson plans to tap the geothermal energy of the Earth's interior by means of a thermonuclear device detonated deep within the earth. Despite dire warnings by fellow scientist Ted Rampion, Dr. Sorenson proceeds with the experiment after secretly learning that he is terminally ill. This experiment causes a crack to form and grow within the Earth's crust, which threatens to split the Earth in two if it is not stopped in time. Written by Teresa E. Tutt <tuttt@rpi.edu>

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Taglines:

Science miscalculates... underground Atom Bomb explodes earth's core... and the world totters on the brink of destruction! See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crack in the World See more »

Filming Locations:

C.E.A. Studios, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Budget:

$873,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Security Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Eugène Lourié had two models of the gantry built. The second was made of balsa wood for the explosion scene. This insured complete destruction of the gantry while avoiding the danger of the set being sprayed by shrapnel. See more »

Goofs

When the dignitaries visit the complex, Maggie mispronounces the word "seismographs." She says "SEIZE-mographs" instead of the correct pronunciation, "SIZE-mographs." As an expert holding a doctorate in geology, should ought to know the correct pronunciation of such a basic term. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Maggie Sorenson: But, Sir Charles, the project entrance is half a mile further on!
Sir Charles Eggerston: I know, Mrs. Sorenson. I wanted to stop here to take a better look at THAT. That's your drill tower, isn't it?
Dr. Maggie Sorenson: Yes, it is.
Sir Charles Eggerston: What's that missile doing up there? I thought we came here to discuss with your husband the POSSIBILITY of using an atomic warhead.
Dr. Maggie Sorenson: HALF a missile, Sir Charles. If you look closely, you'll see it's not armed.
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Movie was ahead of its time.
28 January 2003 | by aibeingSee all my reviews

This movie is probably the granfather of all disaster movies of this type ( End of the world theme). When I first saw this movie I was 12 years old and it scared the crap outta me!

Now that I am older I know why.

Man can really destroy the earth this way (See the movie and you will know what I mean)

It pretty scary to think no matter where you run to hide on earth would make no differance. The earth was going to blow!

Best scenes:

1. Train wreck

2. Seing a part of the earth shoot into the heavens

Best qoute:

"Gentlemen, what can we do?"

(Pause)

"Pray"


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