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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 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:

[From trailer] Science's Dream of Limitless Power... Becomes Mankind's Nightmare of Unimaginable Terror! 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:

Ein Riß in der Welt See more »

Filming Locations:

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$873,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Security Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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 Maggie tells Sorenson she wants to have a baby, she ends up going to bed without removing any of her makeup (heavy mascara and lipstick). 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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13 October 2001 | by nicholas.rhodesSee all my reviews

This film falls into one of my favourite categories, that is to say the category " Man Tampers With Nature ". Shot in Technicolor with superb picture quality, it is a feast for the eyes ( Why can't they get the same Technicolor quality in today's films ?? ) The sci-fi films of the 50s and 60s are feasts for the eyes and visual gems ( excuse the tautology ! )The story of this one is fairly limited, but the special effects are wonderful and realistic. I put the film on a par with others such as "Invaders from Mars", "Incredible Shrinking Man" etc. Obviously, the may be scientific inaccuracies, and science has advanced since 1965 but there again, this is an entertaining film and not a technically correct documentary.


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