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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.

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Andrew Marton

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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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Today's terrifying look into what might happen tomorrow! See more »

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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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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

Dana Andrews has starred with Janette Scott's future husband, Mel Torme, in The Fearmakers (1958). See more »

Goofs

After the dive in the mini-sub, Dr. Sorenson asks Dr. Rampion for the negatives so he can inspect them more carefully. The negatives are 120 square format negs, but the cameras used onboard the sub were 35mm format. 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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Science is a bit dated, but a fun movie nonetheless.
9 December 2001 | by tutttSee all my reviews

Interesting story about a dying scientist who plans to tap the geothermal energy beneath the Earth's crust, with dire consequences. Andrews, Scott and Moore, as well as Alexander Knox, all give excellent performances. Special effects are superb and very believable. I remember seeing this on TV when I was a kid, and it scared me to DEATH. Seeing it again as an adult, it is not quite as scary, but is still fast-paced and entertaining. Sadly, it is not available on video to my knowledge. Perhaps someone at Paramount will read this and take the hint.

While the science is now dated, thanks to the discovery of plate tectonics (the Earth's crust is divided into may separate "plates", and therefore already has many "cracks"), the story is still entertaining. The interaction between Dr Sorenson (Andrews), an aging scientist trying for one last victory; his young wife Maggie (Scott), a scientist in her own right; and Dr Rampion (Moore), the project's geologist and an old flame of Maggie's to boot; works very well, even if it is a bit formulaic.

All in all it is a fun movie, and definitely worth the time to see it if you can. Paramount would do well to re-release it on video and especially widescreen DVD. How about it, guys?


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