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Doomsday Machine (1972)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi | 1972 (USA)
Spies discover that the Red Chinese have built a "doomsday machine" capable of destroying the surface of the Earth, and that they plan to use it within a matter of days. Meanwhile, Project ... See full summary »

Directors:

Harry Hope, Lee Sholem | 1 more credit »

Writer:

Stuart J. Byrne (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Van ... Danny
Ruta Lee ... Dr. Marion Turner
Mala Powers ... Maj. Georgianna Bronski
James Craig ... Dr. Haines
Grant Williams ... Maj. Kurt Mason
Henry Wilcoxon ... Dr. Christopher Perry
Chia Essie Lin ... Girl Spy (as Essie Lin Chia)
Casey Kasem ... Mission Control Officer
Lorri Scott Lorri Scott ... Lt. Katie Carlson
Denny Miller ... Col. Don Price (as Scott Miller)
Mike Farrell ... 1st Reporter
John Cestare John Cestare
Raymond Mayo
Frank Gambina Frank Gambina
Mark Bailey ... Major / Astronaut
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Spies discover that the Red Chinese have built a "doomsday machine" capable of destroying the surface of the Earth, and that they plan to use it within a matter of days. Meanwhile, Project Astra, a manned U.S. space mission to Venus, is in its final hours before launch when it is taken over by the military and nearly half of its all-male crew is replaced by women. The reason for this becomes apparent when, shortly after Astra leaves orbit, the Earth is completely destroyed in a global cataclysm! Is the human race doomed? What dangers and wonders await the crew of the Astra on their journey to Venus? Written by yortsnave

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Death in Space! See more »

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Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escape from Planet Earth See more »

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First Leisure See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the movie was filmed in 1967 but due to a lack of financing it wasn't completed until 1972 when the producers had acquired enough money to complete the film, but without any of the original cast members. Lee Sholem was hired to direct the new footage. See more »

Goofs

As the earth explodes the string holding the model planet is visible. See more »

Quotes

Danny: We're picking up a bomb of static. Must be due to the Van Allen Belt.
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1975: A Space Oddity
20 June 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

"An upcoming space mission to Venus becomes even more vital after a startling secret is revealed. Foreign agents have revealed a secret plot by the Chinese where they have manufactured the ultimate weapon, capable of destroying everything on the surface of the planet. The mission to our sister planet now becomes a fight for the survival of the human race, as the crew must try to save the Earth from destruction," according to the DVD sleeve's synopsis.

Apparently, the "Red" Chinese are preparing to attack the NATO Allies, with nuclear weaponry. So, a 1975 manned (and womanned) space mission to the planet Venus takes on added meaning; if the Earth is destroyed in a nuclear war, the only human survivors may be those people traveling to Venus. These men and women learn they will be playing "Adam" and "Eve" -- except for Henry Wilcoxon (as Dr. Perry), who is portrayed as too old for sex, at age 61 (when this was filmed).

There are very few redeeming qualities in "The Doomsday Machine". You will get to see Ruta Lee (as Marion) slap Bobby Van (as Danny) once. You could watch to see how performers like Grant Williams (as Kurt Mason) and Mala Powers (as Georgianna Bronski) handle their unenviable assignment. You might want to admire James Craig (as Haines)'s admirable physique, during his shirtless scene. Or, you could observe how space flight affects ladies' hairstyles. Casey Kasem and Mike Farrell have cameos.


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