'What is a director's picture?' This one is. Although the cast is excellent, no one character dominates the action or overshadows the others. Joseph Losey's hand is so apparent that the film's considerable effectiveness must be accredited to him as must its few faults and the fearsome message it conveys.
Shirley Anne Field
‘What is a director’s picture?’ This one is. Although the cast is excellent, no one character dominates the action or overshadows the others. Joseph Losey’s hand is so apparent that the film’s considerable effectiveness must be accredited to him as must its few faults and the fearsome message it conveys.
Much of the film’s appeal is visual, although the dialog is a credit to the scripter Evan Jones, [from H.L. Lawrence’s novel The Children of Light]. The only objection is in its failure to take a stand.
Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field, Alexander Knox (particularly good), Viveca Lindfors and Oliver Reed have principal roles in the quasi-sci-fi story which centers on a group of children being exposed to radiation in preparation for the day predicted by Knox when global nuclear warfare will destroy all living things – except these few.
All the principals are excellent, with Reed playing a Teddy boy and brother of Field although his interest in her is strongly incestuous.
Hammer/Swallow. Director Joseph Losey; Producer Anthony Hinds; Screenplay Evan Jones; Camera Arthur Grant; Editor Reginald Mills, James Needs; Music James Bernard; Art Director Bernard Robinson
(B&W) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1963. Running time: 87 MIN.
Shirley Anne Field
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