Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 May 2014)
Brief Synopsis – The after effects of WWIII on a group of survivors in Australia during the early 1960’s who are waiting for the apocalypse to reach them.
I had never even heard of this before I read her review and being a fan of Stanley Kramer films, I decided to give it a shot.
Unfortunately, I didn’t like it as much as Anna did.
I found the post-apocalyptic world to be quite unconvincing and the performances to be pretty bland. With actors like Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire and Anthony Perkins leading the film, I would have expected the performances to be more gripping, but they all felt like they were just phoning it in.
This movie does reflect well upon many fears of people during the 50’s of WWIII and of losing everything that they find dear to themselves, but it just didn’t resonate well with me 55 years later.
I think that this movie was probably better received and more appreciated when it came out during the Cold War.
Sorry Anna for not liking it as much as you did 😦
Bottom Line – Expected this to be better than it actually was. Was perhaps more sobering when watching it back in the late 50’s – early 60’s during the Cold War.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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