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The 27th Day (1957)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | July 1957 (USA)
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Aliens take 5 people, give them small capsules which can kill mankind without additional damage, with the understanding they will colonize Earth only if they use the weapons.

Director:

William Asher

Writers:

John Mantley (screenplay), John Mantley (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gene Barry ... Jonathan Clark
Valerie French ... Eve Wingate
George Voskovec ... Prof. Klaus Bechner
Arnold Moss ... The Alien
Stefan Schnabel ... The Soviet General
Ralph Clanton Ralph Clanton ... Mr. Ingram
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Dr. Karl Neuhaus (as Frederick Ledebur)
Paul Birch ... Admiral
Azemat Janti Azemat Janti ... Ivan Godofsky
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Storyline

Five individuals from five nations, including the "Superpowers," USA, USSR, and China, suddenly find themselves on an alien spacecraft. An alien gives each a container holding capsules. No power on earth can open a given container except a mental command from the person to whom it is given. Each person has been provided with the power of life and death. Any of these individuals has the capability to instantaneously launch the capsules to whatever coordinates he/she chooses, and each capsule will then eradicate all human life within a 3,000-mile radius of its designated location. Written by Craig Chilton <xanadu@sbt.net>

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The 27 Most Terrifying Days in History! See more »

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Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

27-й день See more »

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Production Co:

Romson Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When the Soviet General and Prof. Beckner launch the capsules the General gives the coordinates for Houston, Texas (29° 45' 26" N, 95° 21' W). Beckner gives the coordinates for Moscow (55° 45' 18" N, 37° 37' 14" E). Beckner is also heard giving partial coordinates for 45° 4' 23" N and 12' 12" E but the degrees are missing. When the US tests one of the "bombs" it is suppose to take place in area more that three thousand miles in diameter off the east coast of South America. The test capsule is activated with the coordinates 71° 25' 13" S, 150° 14' 18" E which is instead in Antarctica. See more »

Goofs

When one of the capsules is tested, Dr. Neuhaus instantly disappears. This would mean that every human within the 3,000-mile radius would have suffered the same fate. There would be no way of clearing everyone out of that size area anywhere on the populated areas of the Earth. See more »

Quotes

[Clark turns on a transistor radio, music plays]
Eve Wingate: What in heavens name is that?
Jonathan Clark: Rock 'n' roll.
Eve Wingate: Rock 'n' roll.
Jonathan Clark: Music, almost.
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Referenced in The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) See more »

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Wonderful film marred only by low budget
14 November 2001 | by boris-26See all my reviews

THE 27th DAY replaces the cliched threat of aliens blasting us lasers with the chilling fact that a handful of earth people have the power to destroy the world. Of course, one is an upright American citizen, the ohter is a robotic Russian soldier, etc, etc. It gives a wonderful view of how these people would be feared, treated and simply how they would react. My only squabble with the film is that the filmmakers didn't hide their low budget well enough. An example there is a scene where movie characters address the United Nations. The close up of the characters is done in a well lit studio, the cutaways of the UN assembly are handheld and grainy.

Gene Barry and Valarie French are wonderful leads. Look for Roger Corman regulars Paul Birch (NOT OF THIS EARTH) and Mel Welles (Gravis Mushnick from LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS) in cameos.


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