The Damned (These Are the Damned) 1963

These Are the Damned

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Movie Info

An American man (Macdonald Carey) and an Englishwoman (Shirley Anne Field) discover genetically engineered children who can survive a nuclear war.

Cast & Crew

Viveca Lindfors
Freya Neilson
Alexander Knox
Bernard
Walter Gotell
Major Holland
James Villiers
Captain Gregory
Brian Oulton
Mr. Dingle
Evan Jones
Writer
Michael Carreras
Executive Producer
Anthony Nelson Keys
Associate Producer
Arthur Grant
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James Bernard
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Critic Reviews for The Damned (These Are the Damned)

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  • 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.

    June 1, 2015 | Full Review…
  • More than an interesting curiosity, it's one of Losey's best English efforts, and Viveca Lindfors contributes a striking part as an eccentric sculptress.

    July 14, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Coincidence piles up on coincidence, and unlikely behaviour upon unlikely behaviour, until the whole thing becomes impossible to take seriously.

    January 31, 2018 | Full Review…
  • .. 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…
  • 'The age of senseless violence,' by Joseph Losey

    December 8, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Slow-building but creepy story of biker pug uglies, radiation poisoning, and prissy Brit schoolkids.

    July 8, 2007

Audience Reviews for The Damned (These Are the Damned)

  • Oct 11, 2010
    A street gang gets mixed up with spooky government experiments. A possible precursor of "A clockwork orange"
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 19, 2010
    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 D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2010
    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 G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 24, 2009
    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.
    Eric B Super Reviewer

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