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Doomwatch (1972)

The waters surrounding an island become contaminated by chemical dumping, and people who eat fish caught in those waters become deformed and violent.

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Peter Sasdy

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Kit Pedler (series "Doomwatch"), Gerry Davis (series "Doomwatch") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Bannen ... Dr. Del Shaw
Judy Geeson ... Victoria Brown
John Paul John Paul ... Dr. Quist
Simon Oates Simon Oates ... Dr. John Ridge
Jean Trend Jean Trend ... Dr. Fay Chantry
Joby Blanshard ... Bradley
George Sanders ... The Admiral - Sir Geoffrey
Percy Herbert ... Constable Hartwell
Shelagh Fraser ... Mrs. Betty Straker
Geoffrey Keen ... Sir Henry Leyton
Joseph O'Conor ... Vicar
Norman Bird ... Brewer
Constance Chapman ... Miss Johnson
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... Tom Straker
James Cosmo ... Bob Gillette
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The waters surrounding an island become contaminated by chemical dumping, and people who eat fish caught in those waters become deformed and violent.

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An ecological nightmare gone berserk! See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Island of the Ghouls See more »

Filming Locations:

Coverack, Cornwall, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Simon Oates was working elsewhere when the film was mooted, and originally turned it down. Tigon came back to him with a larger pay offer, and he agreed to feature. He was later dismissive of the film, feeling he had accepted more out of financial consideration than artistic merit. See more »

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Could have been so much better
19 June 2006 | by g-hbeSee all my reviews

Being a fan of the 1970's BBC 'Doomwatch' series, I had always wanted to see this film but never got the chance. At Last I caught it on the TV the other day and I have to say I felt a little let down. Obviously money was in short supply and the production values were not noticeably better than the TV version, but at least the story was far more low-key and thoughtful than most of the horror/sci-fi films we have to suffer. I found myself constantly comparing it to some of Nigel Kneale's output, and in many ways it stood up quite well. One final point - I wonder how John Paul (the main character in the BBC version) felt at having to play a rather distant second fiddle to the 'star' Ian Bannen?


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