The Damned (These Are the Damned) (1963)

The Damned (These Are the Damned)




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Joseph Losey directed this unusual science fiction effort, which has won a small but fervent cult following. Simon Wells (MacDonald Carey) is an American visiting England, where he meets a woman named Joan (Shirley Ann Field). Simon is immediately attracted to Joan, but there's a considerable obstacle in their budding romance: Joan's brother King (Oliver Reed), the leader of a violent pack of motorcycle rockers. King has a barely concealed incestuous attachment to his sister, and he sometimes … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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On DVD: Jul 7, 1965



as Simon Wells

as Freya Nielsen

as Bernard

as Maj. Holland

as Capt. Gregory

as Mr. Dingle

as Miss Lamont

as Mr. Stuart

as Mr. Talbot

as Richard
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Critic Reviews for The Damned (These Are the Damned)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Losey's strongest critique of the times emerges with a unique stylistic flourish in his wide-screen, black-and-white images, featuring slow glides, skewed angles, standoffish perspectives, and hectic striations.

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New Yorker
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Chicago Reader
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.. a strange collision of exploitation elements, visual elegance and emotional coolness, a fascinating oddity with strange angles that don't all fit neatly together but add up to a brilliant structure.

Full Review… | April 11, 2010

Audience Reviews for The Damned (These Are the Damned)

a very odd film. i almost gave it up half hour in but i'm glad i stuck with it and i won't soon forget it, and not just the ridiculous 'black leather' song either. it's like a strange hybrid of a clockwork orange and children of the damned. intense performance by young oliver reed as leader of a gang of 'teddy boys' definitely brought to mind alex and his droogs. he even breaks into an artist's studio! but soon everyone is involved in a top secret government experiment...definitely interesting, just not very good

Stella Dallas

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A street gang gets mixed up with spooky government experiments. A possible precursor of "A clockwork orange"

Pierluigi Puccini

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These Are the Damned is a mindbending bus route of madness that I wasn't even close to expecting. If you can imagine Village of the Damned, Bunny Lake is Missing and Quadrephenia doing PCP and acting out the Kama Sutra together you're kind of on the right track with this movie. The only think that can make this movie more deranged than it already is would be having David Lynch direct it. The acting's pretty negligible but Joseph Losey's direction makes this one, not the Hammer name. The photography's amazing and its so worth the time for anyone looking for a pleasant surprise despite the fact that These Are the Damned isn't the most amazing movie ever made. But fair warning, that Black Leather Rock song is one catchy sumbitch. I plan on having it stuck in my head for months...

Michael Gildea

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