Crack in the World (1965) starring Dana Andrews, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore
Crack in the World – Attempting to provide endless energy to the world, a dying scientist fires a missile into the Earth’s center. And he nearly blows the planet apart …
Review of Crack in the World
Frankly, Crack in the World is a very good disaster movie, that’s unfortunately ruined by science. At the time it was being filmed, scientists thought that the crust of the Earth was a solid. Instead, it’s now believed to be made of tectonic plates. So, firing a missing into the crust wouldn’t cause the planet to nearly split in two. Oh, well.
It’s still well-acted, with interesting characters. They attempt to save the world after nearly causing its’ destruction. There’s some angst over the lead scientist, who’s terminally ill. But he keeps it a secret from his wife, and fellow scientists. There’s also a bit of a romantic triangle, between the older dying scientist, his younger wife, and his right-hand man.
Dr. Steven Sorenson (Dana Andrews) and his wife and fellow scientist Dr. Maggie Sorenson (Janette Scott) plan to utilize the geothermal energy of the Earth s interior by detonating a powerful thermonuclear device deep within the Earth s core. Despite warnings from Maggie’s ex-flame and fellow scientist Dr. Ted Rampian (Kieron Moore), Dr. Sorenson proceeds with the experiment after he secretly learns that he is terminally ill. This experiment causes a crack within the earth s crust and threatens to split the earth in two if it is not stopped in time.
Cast of characters
- Dana Andrews (State Fair, Curse of the Demon)… Dr. Stephen Sorenson
- Janette Scott (The Day of the Triffids) … Dr. Maggie Sorenson
- Kieron Moore (Dr. Blood’s Coffin) … Dr. Ted Rampion
- Alexander Knox (The Judge Steps Out) … Sir Charles Eggerston
- Peter Damon (The Fall of the Roman Empire) … John Masefield
- Jim Gillen … Rand
- Gary Lasdun (The Thin Red Line) … Markov
- Alfred Brown (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) … Dr. Bill Evans
- Mike Steen (Sweet Bird of Youth) … Steele
- Emilio Carrere
- Sydna Scott … Angela
- John Karlsen (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure) … Dr. Reynolds
- Todd Martin … Simpson
- Ben Tatar … Indian Ambassador