Crack in the World

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A scientist trying to better mankind nearly destroys the world as we know it in this sci-fi thriller. Dr. Stephen Sorensen Dana Andrews is doing research in geo-thermal energy; he's convinced that if men can find a way to drill through the earth's outer crust into the molten magma near the center, the heat can be harnessed and used to warm dwellings around the world. His assistant, Ted Rampion Kieron Moore, is skeptical about this idea and believes that there could be dire consequences, but Sorensen boldly moves ...
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Overview

A scientist trying to better mankind nearly destroys the world as we know it in this sci-fi thriller. Dr. Stephen Sorensen Dana Andrews is doing research in geo-thermal energy; he's convinced that if men can find a way to drill through the earth's outer crust into the molten magma near the center, the heat can be harnessed and used to warm dwellings around the world. His assistant, Ted Rampion Kieron Moore, is skeptical about this idea and believes that there could be dire consequences, but Sorensen boldly moves ahead with his plan, prodded by his secret knowledge that he suffers from a terminal illness and might not live long enough to undergo a longer testing period. However, Rampion's fears soon prove well founded when Sorensen's drilling causes a large crack in the earth which begins to rapidly expand, threatening to split the world in two with disastrous consequences. Crack in the World was praised on initial release for its intelligent approach and solid special effects work.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Doomsday movies abound, but few are as offbeat as this one. It tells of a runaway fault line that threatens to circle the earth and crack it in two like an eggshell. Far-fetched? Yes. Good fun? You bet. The trouble begins after scientists explode an atomic bomb underground to tap an unlimited supply of geothermal energy. But instead they trigger a cataclysm. While the crack girdles the earth, there's time for romance and frantic 11th-hour attempts to save humanity. Dana Andrews heads the cast as Dr. Stephen Sorenson, a scientist in a control center monitoring the progress of the crack opened by the explosion. He and co-stars Janette Scott (Dr. Maggie Sorenson), Kieron Moore (Dr. Ted Rampion), and Alexander Knox (Sir Charles Eggerston) all perform capably as they attempt to forestall doomsday with crack-stopping schemes. Although Crack in the World is a B-movie, it has an intelligent script that relies more on judicious pacing and suspense-building than on special effects. Consequently, it is superior to so-so doomsday flicks such as Asteroid (1997), Meteorites (1998), Armageddon (1998), and Independence Day (1996). Experts in plate tectonics -- a science that studies the strata making up the earth's outer shell -- may pooh-pooh the plot as implausible. Then again, they just might enjoy seeing Mother Nature throw a tantrum.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/5/2011
  • UPC: 887090028301
  • Original Release: 1965
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 10,260

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dana Andrews Dr. Stephen Sorensen
Janette Scott Mrs. Maggie Sorensen
Kieron Moore Ted Rampion
Alexander Knox Sir Charles Eggerston
Peter Damon Masefield
Gary Lasdun Markov
Mike Steen Steele
Todd Martin Simpson
Jim Gillen Rand
John Karlsen
Alfred Brown
Emilio Carrer
Sydna Scott
Ben Tatar Indian Ambassador
Technical Credits
Andrew Marton Director
Manuel Berenguer Cinematographer
Laure de Zarate Costumes/Costume Designer
Johnny Douglas Score Composer
Bernard Glasser Producer
Julian Halevy Screenwriter
Eugène Lourié Art Director
Derek Parsons Editor
Lester A. Sansom Producer
Alex C. Weldon Special Effects
Jon Manchip White Original Story, Screenwriter
Philip Yordan Executive Producer, Producer
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