The 27th Day (1957)





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A locked-in-the-fifties science fiction film, The 27th Day begins with five different people from five different countries suddenly disappearing from view. They have been gently abducted by the agent (Arnold Moss) of a faraway dying planet, who gives each of the five earthlings a "killing capsule" that will destroy everything on Earth and allow the residents of the alien planet to re-colonize the planet--but which will be ineffective if not used after 27 days. In typical Cold War fashion, the representatives of the "good" countries (including Gene Barry) refuse to utilize the capsules, while the Soviets, (personified by Azemat Janti and Stefan Schnabel) intend to deploy the capsules for their own nefarious purposes. Their perfidy only results in the utter decimation of the USSR.
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Gene Barry
as Jonathan Clark
Valerie French
as Eve Wingate
George Voskovec
as Prof. Klaus Bechner
Arnold Moss
as The Alien
Ralph Clanton
as Mr. Ingram
Frederick Ledebur
as Dr. Karl Neuhaus
Paul Birch
as Admiral
Azemat Janti
as Ivan Godofsky
Marie Tsien
as Su Tan
Ed Hinton
as Commander
Grandon Rhodes
as United Nations Officer
Jerry Janger
as Officer
Mark Warren
as Peter
Don Spark
as Harry Bellows
David Bond
as Dr. Schmidt
Eric Feldary
as Russian Sergeant
Weaver Levy
as Chinese Sergeant
Monty Ash
as Russian Doctor
Irvin Ashkenazy
as Second Man
Theodore Marcuse
as Col. Gregor
Peter Norman
as Interrogator
John Bleifer
as Spokesman
Mel Welles
as Marshall
Sigfrid Tor
as Gen. Zamke
John Dodsworth
as British Announcer
Theo Marcuse
as Col. Gregor
Jacques Gallo
as French Announcer
Arthur Lovejoy
as Brakovich
John Bryant
as Federal Agent
John Mooney
as MP Captain
Paul Power
as Army Doctor
Michael Harris
as FBI Man
Tom Daly
as Joe
Gary Don Rhodes
as TV Technician
Emil Sitka
as Newsboy
Philip Van Zandt
as Taxi Driver
Paul H. Frees
as Newscaster
Ralph Montgomery
as Man in Bar
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Critic Reviews for The 27th Day

All Critics (4)

Makes you wonder how the film could be so terrible if the novel got some good reviews and was even chosen a Book-of-the-Month Club selection.

Full Review… | April 8, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Smart enough to keep you watching and earn your forgiveness for clunky moments along the way

June 14, 2008

A typically heavy-handed sci-fi parable from the 1950s...

Full Review… | June 4, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

A premissa, que poderia gerar uma discussão filosófica fascinante, é arruinada pela abordagem preconceituosa e repulsiva de uma Hollywood no auge da Guerra Fria.

September 11, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The 27th Day


Painfully slow. Though the plot is interesting, it's handled in a way that makes it unbearable to sit through. The characters don't mean anything, and the threat feels played. The ending is more or less what is expected for this kind of movie.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

Some sci-fi is somewhat based, however loosely, on established reality and then there's the other kind, the sci-fi that simply runs amok with speculation and fantasy. This is that latter breed, rooted in 1950's Cold War fears and yet looking to the skies (as some do nowadays) for saving redemption. That happens when a visitor from a dying outer space clan offer the residents of good ol' Ma Earth a choice: utter war or no? Like the 50's this seems clunky and awkward to our modern day aesthetics, but its well meaningness might turn a few converts despite some heavy-handed plot decisions.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The cold war says it all. Not really a spectacular movie, but living during the cold war, this would seem pretty scary.

Jesse Richardson
Jesse Richardson

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