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The World, the Flesh and the Devil (2000)





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Pennsylvania miner Harry Belafonte emerges from a cave-in to discover the coal field, and indeed all of Pennsylvania, deserted. By the time he reaches the eerie empty streets of New York City (these scenes were filmed at daybreak, just before the Friday "rush hour"). Belafonte has pieced together the situation: a mysterious radioactive cloud has killed off everyone else on Earth. After an hour or so of singing to himself and conversing with department store mannequins, Belafonte discovers that another human being, beautiful Inger Stevens, has survived the cataclysm. Tentatively overcoming inbred racial considerations, Belafonte and Stevens make the best of their situation (he even throws her a birthday party). But when Survivor No. 3 Mel Ferrer shows up, all the old hostilities and suspicions that have plagued Mankind for centuries are brought to the fore.

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Harry Belafonte
as Ralph Burton
Inger Stevens
as Sarah Crandall
Mel Ferrer
as Benson Thacker

Critic Reviews for The World, the Flesh and the Devil

All Critics (4)

Something of an understated masterpiece...

June 15, 2013 | Full Review…
Cinema Crazed

Great acting from Belafonte, akward social commentery drags it down though.

January 17, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4

According to this film racism is a bigger problem than even nuclear warfare.

May 23, 2006 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Belafonte is magic in his loneliness.

June 26, 2005
Low IQ Canadian

Audience Reviews for The World, the Flesh and the Devil

Its the end of the world again, only this time there's a problem: the only guy alive is a black guy. And then he finds there's a woman alive, and she's white. And that's the underlying tension of this offering from 1959, when such concerns were a big deal. That the film lingers on this concern is its downfall, even when we discover there's a white guy alive too, so now the two guys gotta fight over the woman. Its a classy production, and all the actors are better than simply good. The material drags it all down finally. I say: remake the sucker. Two guys are gonna fight over the last woman anyway (ask Roger Corman). Give 'em some action if yer gonna go apocalyptic and all.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Okay post apocalyptic thriller that plays as an extended segment of The Twilight Zone. That's through no fault of the actors, all of whom are good although Inger Stevens stands out with a superior performance to her costars, or the direction but the whole thing comes across as rather studied.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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