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Village of the Damned Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Something is seriously amiss in the tiny British village of Midwich. At 11 a.m. one morning, every village resident suddenly falls asleep -- and then, just as suddenly, everyone wakes up, completely unaffected by the phenomenon. Well, not completely: virtually every woman of childbearing years has become pregnant. All the babies are born on the same night, at precisely the same moment. All look the same, weigh the same, and even have the same curious cross-hatched hair and underdeveloped fingernails. Four years later, the children have all prematurely reached the age of nine or so -- and all behave in a weird, conspiratorial manner, comporting themselves more like adults than kids. Resident scientist George Sanders, one of the fathers, surmises that the bizarre manner of the children -- from their zombie-like movements to their cold, staring eyes -- is the result of radioactivity, possibly extraterrestrial in nature. One thing is certain: the children possess powers far beyond those of ordinary mortals. And they must be stopped. One of the most influential science fiction films of the 1960s, Village of the Damned was based on the equally eerie John Wyndham novel The Midwich Cuckoos. The more explicit 1995 remake was widely panned in comparison. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 7, 1960

Cast

George Sanders
as Gordon Zellaby
Barbara Shelley
as Anthea Zellaby
Michael Gwynn
as Maj. Alan Bernard
Laurence Naismith
as Dr. Willers
John Phillips
as Gen. Leighton
Richard Vernon
as Sir Edgar Hargreaves
Rick Warner
as Mr. Harrington
Jenny Laird
as Mrs. Harrington
Thomas Heathcote
as James Pawle
Susan Richards
as Mrs. Plumpton
Bernard Archard
as Vicar
Peter Vaughan
as Police Constable Gobbey
Diane Aubrey
as W.R.A.C. Secretary
John Kelly
as The Children
Alexander Archdale
as Coroner
John Stuart
as Prof. Smith
Gerald Paris
as Sapper
John Bush
as The Village Children
Keith Pyott
as Dr. Carlisle

Crew

Wolf Rilla
Director
Ronald Kinnoch
Producer
Wolf Rilla
Screenwriter
Stirling Silliphant
Screenwriter
Geoffrey Faithfull
Cinematographer
Gordon Hales
Editor
Ivan King
Art Director
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