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The 27th Day


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Gene Barry (War of the Worlds) stars in this unique, intelligent sci-fi thriller. Five ordinary humans are summoned by an alien (Arnold Moss, Gambit) who gives each a box containing capsules capable of killing millions of people. If they can refrain from using the capsules for 27 days, the Earth will be spared. Will they be able to stand firm, especially when word leaks out and a panicked and furious population starts to hunt them down? William Asher (I Love Lucy) directed this seldom-seen sleeper, adapted by John Mantley (Gunsmoke) from his own novel; the cast also includes Valerie French, George Voskovec, Paul Birch, Mel Welles and legendary voice actor Paul Frees in a rare onscreen appearance as a newscaster. Newly remastered.

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  • Actors: Gene Barry, Valerie French, Arnold Moss
  • Directors: William Asher
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CZZZQI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,450 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The 27th Day" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Very good story line and acting.
Joe Reis
One of my all time favorite SCI-Fi classics!
Koreacollieman
The United States chooses not to use it.
Martin Asiner

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Magnifying Glass on May 16, 2013
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Five people are abducted by a space alien. He tells them: that he is from a nearby universe (star system), that their star is going to explode in 35 days, and that there is no world for them to move to. Earth would be a suitable planet for them to settle on, but they would rather go extinct than to invade a planet with intelligent life.

However, they are well aware of the human penchant for warfare, of the human race's insatiable urge to develop ever more powerful weapons; that perhaps, the aliens could provide the humans, what they wish for, that is, an ultimate weapon, a device that leaves every structure intact, harms no lifeforms except humans, killing them within 1,500 miles of the designated target. If, in 27 days, the humans use the weapons and exterminate the human race, then then aliens are saved. . . .

But there is something important about the weapons not told; will the humans discover the secret in time?

Note: the brief flying saucer footage is from "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers."

Picture: 3.5; widescreen, measured AR: 1.85:1; B&W. Subtitles: none. Extra: trailer. Media: DVD - 2011.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Boothe on December 29, 2012
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This is a favorite sci-fi feature of mine. I love the theme, and the cold-war time frame. I still chuckle at the Eames chairs on the alien spacecraft! Like the original version of "The Day the Earth Stood Still", it plays on the fear and distrust of Communism. And the bad guys get what's coming to them! I've had it on tape for many years, but no longer view tapes. This disc is manufactured to order through Amazon, and the quality is good.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Judith Gribble on February 17, 2012
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The 27th Day is a very intelligently done movie and it has a message that is still very relevant today. I only wish that our world's problems could be resolved by the cooperation shown at the end of the movie. We can still hope and pray for such cooperation as we are one world even with our diversity. I would highly recommend this movie to others. Although it deals with the Cold War, the basic premise of the movie is still very pertinent today.
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33 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Martin Asiner on September 3, 2009
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THE 27th DAY falls in the same category of anti-red science fiction dramas that predominated in the 1950s. The communists were pictured as pure evil and the sci-fi theme was made to fit in. Here, an alien who call himself the Alien (Arnold Moss) kidnaps five human beings and takes them to an orbiting flying saucer. Speaking excellent English (Moss was a noted thespian), the Alien gives each a tiny box which contains two capsules. These capsules are weapons of enormous power. The idea is that he wants to see whether they will turn over to their respective governments the secrets of their destructive potential. The Alien explains that his planet orbits a sun that will soon go nova and they need the earth in one piece for their population. However, they have a Star Trek-like Prime Directive that prohibits them from direct interference. But their morality does permit them to hand humanity the means to eradicate all human beings while leaving the real estate unscathed. The alien stacks the deck against earth by broadcasting world wide the identities of the five. One of them, a Chinese female peasant immediately kills herself rather than give up her capsules. Another is a Russian soldier who is unmericifully tortured by his Kremlin bosses until he divulges his box. The third, an English woman (Valerie French) throws her capsules into the ocean and arranges a meeting with the fourth (Gene Barry) with whom she conveniently falls in love. The fifth is a scientist (George Voskovic) who dares not tell what he knows. The plot focuses on the morality of the five vis-a-vis the pragmatic morality of the world's superpowers (Russia and America) who debate the ethics of using the weapon as quickly as possible in a pre-emptive fashion. The United States chooses not to use it.Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Koreacollieman on April 27, 2013
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One of my all time favorite SCI-Fi classics! A little slow at times but full of "Peace and Love" message thru out the movie. I enjoy the aliens way of putting the fate of man into the hands of average people. The actions of the leaders reflect the opinions of the 1950's and the cold war. When push comes to shove, it is the basic good of man that wins out. So in a way, like "The Day the Earth Stood Still" it carries the same message.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By daniel norris on December 7, 2013
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great picture quality and great sound and the film just the way i remember it .gene barry at his best
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tuco on January 15, 2008
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This is a very thought provoking 50's sci-fi in which an alien gives five people from around the world capsules with which they can destroy all life on the planet Earth. The catch is that the alien never mentions just how the capsules will destroy the earth so each of the five are left to their own wits in dealing with the ensuing adventure as others become aware that they possess these death capsules.

A nice intelligent effort with a twist ending that makes this one very worthwhile for 50's sci-fi buffs. Makes a great double feature with Five, another intellignet and lesser known 50's sci-fi flick that deals with the Earth's end!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FKohler on October 17, 2014
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Keep coming out with the old classic UFO / Alien movies and I'll keep buying them.....Gene Barry was at his best in these movies.
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