The World, the Flesh and the Devil (2000)





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Movie Info

Ralph (Harry Belafonte) is a Pennsylvania coal miner who emerges from his mine to find himself alone in an atomically destroyed world. He travels to New York where he meets Sarah (Inger Stevens). They believe they are the only survivors of the human race until Benson (Mel Ferrer) shows up in a power boat. They deal with the themes or procreation, race and survival in the nuclear age.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: M.P. Shiel, Ferdinand Reyher, Ranald MacDougall
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 24, 2011
Warner Home Video


as Ralph Burton

as Sarah Crandall

as Benson Thacker

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Critic Reviews for The World, the Flesh and the Devil

All Critics (4)

Something of an understated masterpiece...

Full Review… | June 15, 2013
Cinema Crazed

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

January 17, 2008

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

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

Belafonte is magic in his loneliness.

| June 26, 2005

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

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

gr8 story reminded me of an episode of TV's 'twilight zone' but we now know that a nuclear holocost wouldn't leave things the way they r here but that aside oh & radiation gr8 performance by Belafonte

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