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Chosen Survivors (1974)

A group of diverse individuals are suddenly taken from their homes and flown via helicopter to a futuristic bomb shelter in the desert, one-third of a mile below the surface of the Earth. ... See full summary »

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Sutton Roley

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Harry Spalding (screen story) (as H.B. Cross), Harry Spalding (screenplay) (as H.B. Cross) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jackie Cooper ... Raymond Couzins
Alex Cord ... Steven Mayes
Richard Jaeckel ... Major Gordon Ellis
Bradford Dillman ... Peter Macomber
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Luis Cabral (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Diana Muldaur ... Alana Fitzgerald
Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Woody Russo
Gwenn Mitchell Gwenn Mitchell ... Carrie Draper
Barbara Babcock ... Dr. Lenore Chrisman
Cristina Moreno Cristina Moreno ... Kristin Lerner (as Christina Moreno)
Nancy Rodman Nancy Rodman ... Claire Farraday
Kelly Lange ... Mary Louise Borden
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Storyline

A group of diverse individuals are suddenly taken from their homes and flown via helicopter to a futuristic bomb shelter in the desert, one-third of a mile below the surface of the Earth. There, they learn that a nuclear holocaust is taking place and that they've been "chosen" by computer to survive in the shelter in order to continue the human race. The shelter is designed to allow the people to exist underground comfortably for years, but they are faced with a threat nobody could have predicted: a colony of thousands of bloodthirsty vampire bats finds a way into the shelter and launches a series of vicious attacks where they claim the humans one by one. Written by deathbenotdeadly

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Taglines:

They Were Chosen To Live. But They Were Destined To Die! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fladdermössen See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico City, Mexico

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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An earlier draft of the script didn't have vampire bats in it. See more »

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Mary Louise Borden: May I have your attention, please? On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I would like to welcome you to the beginning of the greatest adventure of your lives. You are all sedated to ease the shock of what has happened. Faced with the threat of world-wide development of atomic weapons, a special government committee set into action a plan to provide for the continuation of the human race, in the event of global, thermonuclear war. You are here because we are now engaged in...
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A great story idea ruined.....
22 December 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Chosen Survivors" is a rare film. It has a GREAT story idea but it's completely undone by bad writing. It's a shame, as the main plot is fantastic.

A small group of people find themselves sedated and brought to a shelter more than 1700 feet underground. It seems that the dreaded nuclear apocalypse has arrived and the government has picked a few people to secure in various bunkers under the earth in order to propagate the human race. Much of the film concerns how these folks adapt to their new lives--or, rather, how some of them cannot cope. I loved the film up to this point and felt it was a brilliant study of human nature. Then, abruptly, the film took a detour to Stupidville! That's because without warning, insane vampire bats invade the bunker. I say insane because these bats in real life are NOT killers--but here in the film they are worse than killer bees, piranhas and Cobras combined!!! Bats just don't behave that way and then too much of a once-interesting story is spent focusing on how to survive with these murderous beasts flapping about....which is a shame, as the film has a wonderful twist that is lost in the process. A great example of a wonderful story idea that is ultimately ruined.


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