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The World, The Flesh and The Devil (1959)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi | 20 May 1959 (USA)
A miner trapped in a cave-in resurfaces, and upon discovering mankind has been wiped out in a nuclear holocaust, sets out to find other survivors.

Director:

Ranald MacDougall

Writers:

M.P. Shiel (novel) (as Matthew Phipps Shiel), Ferdinand Reyher (story "End of the World") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harry Belafonte ... Ralph Burton
Inger Stevens ... Sarah Crandall
Mel Ferrer ... Benson Thacker
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Storyline

Ralph Burton is a miner who is trapped for several days as a result of a cave-in. When he finally manages to dig himself out, he realizes that all of mankind seems to have been destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. He travels to New York City only to find it deserted. Making a life for himself there, he is flabbergasted to eventually find Sarah Crandall, who also managed to survive. Together, they form a close friendship until the arrival of Benson Thacker who has managed to pilot his small boat into the city's harbor. At this point the tensions rise between the three, particularly between Thacker, who is white and Burton, who is black. Written by garykmcd

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There are no laws... no rules. It's man-to-man with the last girl on Earth at stake! A unique, spectacular drama packed with more surprises, more amazing sights than you've ever seen. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 May 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The End of the World See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,659,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At the 35 minute mark Ralph is seen in his lavishly decorated bedroom with scores of framed paintings covering the walls. Obviously they were collected from art galleries around the city, along with statuary on top of shelves and dresser tops. Paintings are even stacked on the floor, leaning against the walls. This profusion of artwork implies that Ralph values the fruits of mankind's artistic endeavors and wants to preserve them, despite the fact that he might be the last person on Earth. See more »

Goofs

Ralph throws the mannequin from his apartment and its leg is at least three feet from the curb. But, when he gets down to the street, the mannequin's foot is on the curb. See more »

Quotes

Benson Thacker: I have nothing against negroes, Ralph.
Ralph Burton: That's white of you.
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Crazy Credits

As the films final credits cuts-in, the film states "The Beginning" rather than "The End". See more »

Connections

Featured in Out of this World Super Shock Show (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Gotta Travel On
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Written by Paul Clayton, Larry Ehrlich, David Lazar, and Tom Six
Sung by Harry Belafonte
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User Reviews

 
For Caring Hearts who Want to Think
26 January 2001 | by geoff33See all my reviews

This movie will grab your interest and exercise your moral fiber. The setting of the movie is New York City after a catastrophe that eliminates all the people on the planet, except a few. Race, prejudice and pride are but minor subplots in this excellent film. A fair minded and humanitarian black man discovers the true nature of life and friendship in a white woman. A sheltered white woman finds the friendship of a black man who is everything she loves and desires in a lover, but nothing at all like her upbringing would endorse. Suddenly, her psychological paradise is shattered when a third person comes along who threatens to bring back all the old ways of thinking that separated people and cultures throughout generations. Black and white has never been so colorful.


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