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The Damned (These Are the Damned)

The Damned (These Are the Damned) (1963)

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Release Date: May 19, 1963 Wide

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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

Jul 7, 1965

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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.

April 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Seanax.com
Seanax.com

'The age of senseless violence,' by Joseph Losey

December 8, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Slow-building but creepy story of biker pug uglies, radiation poisoning, and prissy Brit schoolkids.

July 8, 2007

Losey awkwardly but nevertheless rather gamely transcends the limits of the genre by putting his personal stamp on a film that is both an apocalyptic sci-fi film and a teen rebellion flick.

July 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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
October 24, 2010
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Stella Dallas

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A street gang gets mixed up with spooky government experiments. A possible precursor of "A clockwork orange"
October 11, 2010
pier007

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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...
April 18, 2010
mjgildea

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What a strange, strange movie. Not only because the plot takes one of the most severe right turns I've ever seen in a film, but because the ending is so casually, inescapably bleak.

Personally, I found Plot #1 more compelling than Plot #2. I'd be curious to read the original story, and see how the source material balanced the strange mix of elements.
March 25, 2011
Eric Broome

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