Children of the Damned (1964) Movie Script

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Tom: Five, four, three,
two, one.
When he did this before,
it had a very bad effect
on the children.
I hope there'll be no need
for another session.
I think that'll be all.
Thank you very much, indeed.
Alright, boys.
You are dismissed.
[door closes]
I'm impressed.
His total time
for the eight tests
was six minutes, three seconds.
You took two hours, eight
minutes, and you beat me.
I said, I was impressed.
What about his parents?
Are they exceptional in any way?
I don't know.
He lives with his mother.
But she's never bothered
to come to parents' nights.
I think we ought to see her.
Breeding tells, you know.
Uh, good afternoon.
My name is Llewellyn.
I'm a psychologist
at London University.
I just wondered if
we could have a word with you
about your son, Paul.
- Who's he?
- This is Dr. David Neville.
Despite appearances,
senior lecturer,
in genetics at the university.
- Alright.
- Thank you.
Haven't had a chance
to straighten up yet.
I've been conducting an
intelligence test, Mrs. Looran.
I've been testing children
from all over England
on a project for
the United Nations.
You see, this is the first time
that an identical IQ test
has been given to
school children
from all over the world.
Naturally, some unexpected
things have turned up.
And that's why we've come
to see you about Paul.
His intellect is almost
beyond belief.
Oh, is it?
It made us wonder
about his background.
About you, Mrs. Looran.
And, about his father,
of course.
Oh, did it?
We thought it might be
if you were to take
the test too.
I won't take any test.
If that's what you want,
you can forget it.
There's really nothing to it,
Mrs. Looran.
And it would help us immensely.
I just don't want to do it!
Now, you can forget it!
You better go now.
I've got things to do.
About Paul's father,
Mrs. Looran, is he still...
- That's none of your business!
- Quite right.
I was just wondering
what business he was in.
Get out.
I'm sure he'd be
very proud of the boy.
If you could give us
his address, then
I don't have to
answer your questions.
Now, just leave me alone
and get out.
Now, don't let him upset you,
Mrs. Looran.
These scientists are all alike.
Alright, but just
get out of here.
Going, Mrs. Looran.
Oh, there's just one thing.
- Is his name Looran?
- Get out!
[door thuds]
Fascinating woman.
Well, geneticist,
does she explain anything?
Well, I think we can
safely say that
he didn't get his
brain from mother.
[car engine starts]
[car engine revving]
They're after you.
And you won't get away.
They're stronger than I am.
[sobbing] I hate you!
I want you to suffer
the way you've made me suffer!
I should have crushed you
to death the first moment
I held you to my breast!
They'll get you now,
and I'll help.
I'll do everything
I can to help!
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[engine revving]
[brakes screech]
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[horn honking]
[tires screeching]
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[horn honking]
[bell ringing]
He isn't mine.
I gave birth to him,
but he isn't mine.
I couldn't have a baby.
I hadn't been touched
Oh, don't you understand?
He hasn't got a father.
He isn't human.
- I'd never been touched.
- Alright, it's alright.
The doctor said you've to rest.
[crying] I'd never been touched.
Mrs. Looran, we've heard
everything you have to say...
You don't believe me, you fools.
I warn you.
He could butcher you
without even trying!
[crying] You fools!
[knocking on door]
- Can I help you?
- Rather.
We were coming to get...
Paul for the night.
But that doesn't seem
to be necessary now.
[whispers] No, he's safe in bed.
Susan: I'm Paul's aunt.
Are you friends of Diana's?
Tom: Very close.
Odd that she never
mentioned a sister.
I live with my mother
in Nottingham.
But this afternoon,
I got a funny feeling
I should come down here today.
It's lucky you did.
Yes, I wasn't here 20 minutes
when the hospital called.
It would have been awful
if Paul had been here alone.
Yes. Well, um...
We'll leave you to it then,
Eliot. Susan Eliot.
- Oh, Thomas.
- Yes?
- What about tomorrow?
- Oh, yes.
Um, a Mr. Harib of
the United Nations
is flying from
Paris to see Paul.
- Paul?
- Yes.
Uh, your nephew's
intelligence has really
rather staggered us all.
I'd like to take him to my
office at the university
if that's alright with you.
Well, yes. I'd want to come
with him, of course.
You must let me show you
my laboratory.
Incidentally, Paul was born
before Diana was married,
wasn't he?
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Tom: I'll call for you
at about 10:00 then.
Susan: Alright, 10:00.
Tom: Thank you. Goodnight.
Susan: Goodnight.
David: Goodnight.
[door closes]
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[mice squeaking]
David: They're from
the same parents.
- The same litter even.
Harib: It's not glandular?
David: Oh, no, he's perfectly
normal in every way.
It's not only that he's much
bigger, he's very much cleverer.
He'd get all the food
if we let him.
Uh, will his offspring
be the same?
Exactly the same. As I told you,
he's perfectly normal.
Under free conditions,
his strain would take over.
Do you remember Darwin and
the "Survival of the Fittest?"
But, this is not an example
of the evolutionary process?
Oh, no. This is a sudden,
unexplained mutation
in the genes.
And, quite honestly,
nobody knows
exactly how or why it happened.
So we call them
"biological sports."
It occurs throughout nature,
you know. Come and have a look.
- Dr. Harib.
- Harib.
[mice squeaking]
For 50 generations, this.
And then suddenly,
this extravagance crops up.
Well, there you are.
Plants, animals.
And there's no known law
why it shouldn't occur in man.
And you think this might
explain the boy?
Well, if I had to
give an explanation,
that's the one I'd give.
How often does this happen?
Oh, it's entirely unpredictable.
But certainly only once
in several billion chances.
What if I told you,
Dr. Neville
that there were six Paul's
in the world?
Same age, same intellect.
Well, I'd say it was
genetically impossible.
Uh, we have now the results
of every country in the world.
Five children have
scores identical
to that of Paul Looran.
- Identical?
- Yes, identical.
Tom: But, how's that possible?
I mean, no two
I have no idea, but
I would like to find out.
David: Well, so would I.
One child from Calcutta
is now a resident here
in the Indian Embassy.
Since he and the Looran boy
are both in London,
I have arranged
for the other four
to be brought here
by their embassies.
I would like you
to retest them all.
In the meantime, gentlemen,
I would like this treated
a UNESCO research project.
Nothing more.
Dr. Neville, Dr. Lewellyn
I'm very sorry to have
kept you so long.
The Ambassador offers
his apologies to Mr. Harib.
But Nina Sirinova
has returned to Moscow.
But she was only just flown in.
And out again.
Moscow has decided
we should not set a precedent
of providing a travel service
for UNESCO projects.
Could you tell us anything
about her background?
- Her mother and father?
- No, I'm sorry.
Did you see her mother
when she was here?
- I saw her. Now, please...
- And her father?
The child's father did not
accompany her to London.
And I have not been
given any details
as to his background.
Now, gentlemen, if you...
Oh, Sonya...
Uh, this is Sonya,
my little daughter.
[speaking in foreign language]
Look, what's all this about?
As a psychologist, Thomas,
you really do tend to lose
yourself in the individual,
the single mind.
You see, we live
in a complex social world.
Einstein put mass and energy
we got the atom bomb.
Now, if you were
a Russian politician
and had a child with a brain,
say, um,
ten times more efficient
than Einstein's,
uh, would you gaily let her out
to any two British scientists
who happen to crawl
out of the wood?
Of course, I wouldn't.
- Goodbye.
- Goodbye.
Mrs. Robbins: Mark, stop it.
Stop it right now, will you?
The boy's absolutely
And that dog, he can get him
to do anything he wants
without even saying
a word to him.
You are Mark's maternal
grandmother, Mrs. Robbins?
Uh, his mother's mother?
Yes, that's right.
Mark's always lived with me.
But Mark bears your family name.
Wasn't your daughter married
when Mark was born?
Uh, must we talk about that?
Well, she was really
a... a marvelous daughter,
she really was.
No mother could have
asked for more.
But, then, suddenly she became
I never knew where she was
or what she was doing.
And for her to turn from me
and become a tramp...
Just an ordinary woman
of the streets practically!
[dog growling]
So, you want to see
our little genius?
Come this way.
Rashid's mother.
How very charming.
I was hoping that we would meet.
These gentlemen have come
to meet Rashid.
Uh, is your husband,
Rashid's father, here too?
Man 1: Oh, no. He does not work
at the embassy.
Well, it's not very
important anyway.
That's a very pretty sari
you're wearing.
Does Rashid ever
make you do things
that you don't want to do?
[doorbell buzzes]
Hello, Dr. Llewellyn. You don't
know me. I'm Colin Webster.
Is David about?
David. David: Yes, what is it?
Someone here seems to know us.
What are you doing in London?
It isn't Boat Race week.
Just prowling around.
Oh, well, take your coat off.
Tom, this is the Colin Webster.
Yes, we've met.
Well, what's up?
Excuse me.
I thought you spent all your
time chasing sexy women,
in Bucharest and Istanbul.
Or is it Hong Kong
and Berlin, nowadays?
Sometimes, there's
nothing more exciting
than chasing children
around London.
You see, Tom?
The social world.
So, the British lion
is raising its weary head?
- Hmm?
- Not necessarily.
It's just that
we have less reason
than ever to ignore our assets.
May 1?
Have you been following us
all day?
Nothing so exhausting.
You moved about quite a bit,
didn't you?
Dr. Llewellyn... what do you
make of it?
As a psychologist?
I find it very disturbing.
And as a geneticist, David?
A geneticist is always
disturbed, Colin.
Look at your development.
It's quite extraordinary.
And the government,
what's their opinion?
You know governments
are always a bit cautious.
I presume you're familiar
with the biological sport.
But only in the most
academic way.
Could they be six sports?
With identical mutations?
[laughing] Well, I'm always
one for the long chance.
But that would be like winning
the Irish Sweepstakes,
six times running
with exactly the same draw.
- David.
- Hmm?
I know it sounds ridiculous,
but has it ever occurred to you
they might have the same father?
It occurred to me.
Well, what an interesting life
you postulate for this father.
But granted the same
father and mother...
What six brothers and sisters
of your acquaintance,
have exactly the same minds?
And parthenogenesis?
"Reproduction without concourse
of the opposite sex,"
says the Oxford Dictionary.
"I have never been touched,"
says Mrs. Looran.
Well, Tom, you're
a psychologist.
What about Mrs. Looran's claim
to having given birth to Paul
without concourse
of the opposite sex?
She's an obvious hysteric.
Hallucinations, megalomania.
Oh, the interesting thing is
that in each and every case,
there's an unstable mother
and no trace of a father.
Our scientific boys tell me
that parthenogenesis
can be induced artificially.
By radioactivity
or by certain chemicals.
Oh, certainly. But only
in very simple forms of life.
Algae and one or two other
elementary plants.
But certainly not in man.
So, what's your explanation?
Well, I don't think
there is one.
At least, one that we can
understand at the moment.
But, then,
we're surrounded by mysteries
beyond our present
Mrs. Bonn's been at it again.
Oh, well. So long as
she keeps away from my gin.
Colin: And they all did this
in 37 seconds.
Unreliable source of
information, old boy.
[bell tolling]
[engine whirring]
- Not here yet?
- No, sir.
[ominous music]
[telephone ringing]
[music continues]
- Hello?
- Dr. Llewellyn?
Dr. Neville?
You must come immediately.
This is Dr. Llewellyn speaking.
- Susan: Dr. Llewellyn.
- Hello, who is that, please?
I need your help.
This is Susan Eliot.
What... what's the matter,
Miss Eliot?
Susan: I need your help.
You must come immediately.
- Look, Miss...
Susan: This is Susan Eliot.
- Dr. Llewellyn.
- Look...
Just steady down.
Now, what's the matter?
Would you like to tell us
what's the matter?
I need your help.
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[knocking on door]
[knocking on door]
Miss Eliot, I'm sorry to disturb
you. I know it's late.
- But, um, may I come in?
- Why? Who are you?
I must talk to you
about your nephew, Paul.
You... you go away,
or I'll call the police.
There's no need for that,
Miss Eliot.
I've come from Dr. Llewellyn
and Dr. Neville.
It is for Paul's own good.
Oh, alright.
Thank you.
[door closes]
- You frightened me a bit.
- I know. I'm sorry.
But, you see, we feel that
it might be better if you
and Paul were somewhere
a little more
conveniently placed.
Could you put some
things in a bag, do you think?
What do you mean, now?
But it's half past four
in the morning.
[engine whirring]
Just a minute. What do you want?
I'm afraid that's my business.
- Oh, no, you don't.
- Now, Tom.
Colin Webster's expecting us.
Oh, I'm sorry, sir.
He can be settled
and in bed in an hour.
Susan: But I'd like to talk
to Dr. Llewellyn.
First thing in the morning.
[knocking on door]
- Well, well.
- What's going on?
Well, come in, gentlemen, do.
What's the matter, Miss Eliot?
Why did you phone?
He wants to...
Phone? What do you mean, phone?
Oh, your call to the flat
asking us to come here.
But I didn't phone.
What's happening?
What's this all about?
Miss Eliot... why don't you
get ready?
We can clear the
whole thing up tomorrow.
He wants to take us
to a safer place.
Well, really, Colin.
Save this sort of thing
for Istanbul.
We're not the only ones to feel
that you academics have stumbled
onto something that requires
our kind of attention.
Three of the embassies you
called at yesterday,
are flying in special planes
to take their own
newly-discovered assets
back home.
Now, if they suddenly see the
potential in their own assets,
they may soon see the advantage
in scotching ours.
But he said he came from you
that you knew.
Colin, where's your
sense of fair play?
Look, you don't have to go
anywhere, Miss Elliot.
- Alright, just a minute.
- What?
We'd like Miss Eliot
to accompany Paul, of course.
But her agreement to that
is a mere formality.
This is an authorization,
sighed by Paul's mother.
It allows me to take the boy
into my custody.
[dramatic music]
- Bring my car up.
- Right, sir.
Well, don't you worry, ol' lad.
From now on, they'll treat you
like royalty.
Colin: Oh, better than royalty.
[engine starts]
What the hell would you do
if all the great powers
suddenly smiled at each other,
had a bloody love affair?
Oh, I shouldn't worry too much.
You know how love affairs go.
[intense music]
[tires screeching]
What the devil is wrong
with you?
I don't know.
I must have blacked out.
Much damage?
No, I think it's an improvement.
Alright, get the boy.
I'll drive.
- Where is he, sir?
- Standing over there.
[dramatic music]
Alright, after him.
We must find him.
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[speaking in foreign language]
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[engine whirring]
[dramatic music]
- Ah.
- Oh, thank you very much.
Thank you.
- Thank you, Thomas.
- Oh, sorry.
Well, nobody took him away,
old boy. He went off on his own.
- So, what's the worry?
- Someone might take him.
From what I've seen tonight,
that wouldn't be so easy.
[knocking on door]
Yes, come in.
Ah, we've covered
the whole area, sir.
No sign of him anywhere.
Why don't you send for the
police, old boy?
Milk and sugar?
I'll wait here.
You get back to headquarters.
Right, sir.
Susan, how do you like your tea?
I'll ask her.
[dramatic music]
She's not here.
Her coat's gone.
[music continues]
- No sign?
- No.
Well, let's take the car.
Ah, you take the car.
I'll go on foot.
[intense music]
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[train chugging]
[intense music]
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[ominous music]
[dramatic music]
Susan: Paul!
Paul, darling...
What have you done?
But, Paul, you can't stay here.
Let me get Dr. Llewellyn,
and we'll talk it all out.
[ominous music]
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[door thuds]
Tom: Miss Eliot?
But, Paul
Tom: Susan.
[dog growling]
[dog growling]
[door thuds]
But we must speak to
Dr. Llewellyn in the morning.
[dramatic music]
It's nothing.
[instrumental music]
Oh, it's nothing.
[dramatic music]
How did you know
my hand was cut, Paul?
How did you know?
[music continues]
When Paul was two,
his birthday cake fell and
Paul was burned.
[dramatic music]
Make it a thorough search, now.
She might be stuck anywhere.
Oh, there's a stray dog
in there. You better watch it.
He's behaving as though
he owns the place.
You know, somebody really
ought to do something
about religion in this country.
You take the gallery.
Watch your step.
[door squeaks]
[dog growling]
[boy gasps]
Who's there?
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[intense music]
Harris, no!
[dramatic music]
Paul, stop it!
[intense music]
[body thuds]
Don't be a damn fool, Tom.
Do you want to stay here, Paul?
All of you?
And you want Susan
to stay here with you?
Is there anything you want,
We will need food.
You may leave it
outside the church,
on the top step.
[engine revving]
Move it in now.
[engine rumbling]
Right. Send them in.
[engine revving]
[glass shatters]
Well, at least their
embassies will know
you are trying to protect them.
Oh, nobody's going
to trust a guard
or a barricade.
Well, no nation can allow
brains like that to fall
into someone else's hands,
guards or no guards.
But, Colin, suppose
all they want to be are
poets or lovers or even tramps.
You do remember
Shakespeare and Casanova.
Yes. Well, nowadays we'd find
a better use for Shakespeare.
Even for Casanova.
They should study
and be studied.
Set up an international board
of educators to study them.
An international board
of educators?
Well, what's the matter?
Too civilized?
What would you recommend?
Destroy them.
[dramatic music]
That seems to be it.
The others are busy.
Do you always know
what I'm going to say?
Don't you know
I couldn't do that?
You're frightened.
You're frightened!
Mi Ling, nobody
wants to harm you.
Those men you saw this morning
were simply
looking for you.
Mi Ling, what's it all about?
Why are you all here together?
Why? What's happened?
[eerie music]
I hope this wasn't a mistake.
We had no choice.
Ask Mr. Harib.
If they thought we were
kidnapping their prizes,
diplomatic hell
would've broken loose.
There are other kinds
of hell, Colin.
This part of it is your affair.
I will intercede
only if you ask me.
Thank you.
[ominous music]
What is it?
We are stronger together.
[machine beeping]
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Excuse me.
Paul, we want to assure you,
all of you
that we do understand your
desire to be together.
Now, these people here
are your friends.
They've come
to take you back home.
Because each country is
very proud of its own
of its own prodigy.
And they want you to
learn from, and to help
your own people.
Now, in this circumstances,
we're prepared
to overlook what happened
here early this morning
if you come now.
They will not be separated.
[speaking in foreign language]
Susan: Nina is going to stay.
Please keep out of it.
[speaking in foreign language]
If you have hopes
of using her mind
I warn you,
everything you tell her
will instantly be known
to all the others.
This is going to
get out of hand.
Excuse me, please, gentlemen.
Paul, would you come
down here to me, please?
Now, Paul, I don't want you
to answer me, alright?
Calcutta lies at the mouth
David: Rashid?
Calcutta lies at the
mouth of River Ganges.
David: Mi Ling?
Mi Ling: "Dr. David Neville,
special award,
The Royal Society, 1961."
So anything one of them sees,
hears or reads, they all know.
Susan: Anything, anytime.
Do you still want to take
them to your embassies?
[dramatic music]
A small difference in
the ability of some men
enabled us to beat Hitler
to the atomic bomb.
But this is not
a small difference
we're talking about.
This is a gigantic difference.
Russians flew in a study group.
I am as nonviolent as you.
You want war?
If one of the
big powers seize them,
how could the
other side do nothing?
Every moment, they
would be falling behind.
They would have to
strike immediately
while they still had the chance.
- Perhaps.
- It is not perhaps!
Any time now.
Frank: Hey, George! [Laughing]
How did they get through?
[indistinct chatter]
Alright, downstairs.
[indistinct chatter]
[eerie music]
We better get down there.
[indistinct yelling]
Look. Look, George. Soldiers.
George: Attention!
Man 2: Where did you come from?
George: Oh, now, listen to me.
What's the matter?
You must stay in your room.
George: Straighten up, Frank.
You're talking to an officer.
Frank: That's right.
Man 2: Alright, now,
take that man to the garden.
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[men clamoring]
Man 3: Stop him!
What's happening?
A couple of drunks, that's all.
Well, what's happened
in the church?
You tell me.
Remember, alive if possible.
[high-pitched noise]
[high-pitched noise]
[high-pitched noise]
[high-pitched noise]
- Tom.
- Mm?
Paul, what are you...
My God.
- What are they doing?
- Drop it, Colin.
Drop that gun.
Get out. You're armed.
Stay outside.
Is he dead?
He'd be better off if he was.
This was your idea?
I would have planned it better.
Colin: This is absolutely
necessary, is it?
David: I think it best that
there should be no doubt
in anybody's mind
about the details.
Your blood.
Ah, Tom.
- I got your message.
- Anything happened?
No. I've been there all morning.
- Susan?
- Not a sign.
Oh, Tom, I don't think
you've met Professor Gruber.
No. How do you do?
David's told me about your work.
I'm very pleased to see you.
From Colin.
The human blood cell,
the basic matter of all life.
All we are begins here.
A cell from Rashid's blood.
Now, I will unite the two.
So, David, you think
they just took over
a living cell in a womb?
We may never find
the answer to that one.
But the important point is,
they're not human.
They're another species.
- Professor?
- I don't know.
I don't know.
I must think about this.
- May I?
- Certainly.
And instead of the nations
fighting over them,
I think there should be a
united effort to eliminate them.
What are you talking about?
We could sterilize them, but we
couldn't be sure it would work.
And do you really
think they'd let us?
Why do we have to do anything?
Well, life is a struggle
for survival, Thomas.
They're not human.
They're a superior species.
They'd beat us every time.
Mr. Harib, can we get
agreement on this?
From this evidence, I...
Are you all crazy?
These children have
never attacked anyone
unless they were attacked first.
Oh, Thomas,
don't get so excited.
A Welsh tirade isn't
gonna help anything.
Have you any idea just
how many children
were killed in road
accidents last year?
What the hell's that
got to do with killing
five kids in cold blood?
- Kids?
- Alright. Alright.
So they're a different species.
So what?
We're supposed to be
a superior species.
Yet, millions of... of
lower forms of life
manage to exist with us
on this planet.
Y... you don't kill them
because they're different.
And how would we manage
to live with them, hm?
If we should happen to
disagree, they'd control us.
Like the dog, like Susan.
And if they marry and propagate,
whose grandchildren
will inherit the earth?
Ours or theirs?
Give me a few hours.
I'll see what I can do.
Look, mister, you of all
people, these five...
Well, call them what you like.
They may be the greatest
gift we've ever had.
And what could we do with them?
One country has
tried to get them.
Somebody else is
bound to try again.
It is more than five children
I am thinking about.
It is millions.
[footsteps approaching]
Who goes there?
Dr. Llewellyn.
I don't think Mr. Webster's
here today, sir.
No, I know. I was with him
myself just a short time ago.
Ah, yes, sir.
I'm going into the church.
Go a bit steady with that
when I come out, will you?
[ominous music]
Paul, I understand how you feel.
But you must bury him, Paul.
You must.
The dead must be buried, Paul.
[music continues]
Paul, I want to talk to you.
All of you.
why are you here?
Susan: Why did they kill Rashid?
Are you talking, or are they?
Paul, you've terrified people.
They've been terrified.
They've been hunted like
some kind of freak vermin.
People believe that
you're not human.
I don't know what that means,
but you must learn not to kill.
But they kill.
I know.
I know we Kill, but it's wrong.
And you're different.
For your own sake,
you must not Kill.
They tried not to Kill.
I believe that. I believe that.
But that machine, Paul,
is it hydrogen power?
From the sun?
The thought of what that
machine can do as a weapon
has struck horror into half
the governments of the world.
I know we make machines,
horrible machines, but...
- They're going to kill you.
- No.
And his death has taught them
that you can be killed.
You must do something
to convince them
that you mean no harm.
If I can, I'll help you.
You mustn't mistrust us all.
Will you go to your embassies?
Well, at least let me take her
with me, will you, please?
[dramatic music]
Why are you here, Paul?
What do you want?
We don't know.
[intense music]
[doorbell buzzing]
- Susan!
- They've gone.
- What?
- They've disappeared.
- I don't know what to do.
- No, no, steady on.
Come and sit down there.
I didn't know where to go.
Quiet down now.
Steady, Susan!
- Alright, what's it all about?
- They've gone!
All of a sudden, I turned around
and they just disappeared.
What do you mean,
"They disappeared?"
After you left, they just
stared at Rashid's body.
I didn't think they'd paid
any attention to you,
then suddenly, I realized
I was alone.
I didn't know what to do.
You went to them? Well, why?
- Well, what have you done, man?
- Did they say anything?
Anything about
where they were going?
- How could they disappear?
- I don't know.
- Well, what about the guards?
- I don't know.
Well, how did you get
through the guards?
I don't know! I just ran!
They didn't pay any attention.
Look, did they say they were
they going to their embassies?
I don't know.
Well, don't be a damn fool, Tom.
Get away from that door.
You're gonna give them a chance.
A chance to do what?
You have it your way.
Did you see what they did
to those men in that church?
We're gonna give them a chance.
Just one chance.
[dramatic music]
We intend no harm to you
or the other children.
But the machine, Paul...
We must know how
to make that machine.
Not that we would use it.
Nobody's going to use it.
Man 4: But the best guarantee
that it won't be used
rests in no single power
getting possession of it.
We need your abilities, Paul.
Oh, it's not just
this one machine.
We must accept that
every weapon has its time.
They will be making advances
as quickly as they can.
Without your brain, we would
fall dangerously behind.
I'm sure this reading
of each other's minds
can be controlled, don't you?
You see, if an enemy knows
our exact capabilities,
that leaves us open
to surprise attack.
Now, that's a sort of
security weakness
that might tempt an enemy
to move first.
Man 4: We'd never think of
trying to force you, of course.
We have your own interests
at heart too, Paul.
Man 5: Yes, we want you to feel
a completely free agent.
Perfectly at liberty to follow
your own convictions.
Colin: Whatever you do,
you'll be well looked after.
We want you to be happy
as well as productive.
David: They're not human.
They're a superior species.
They'd beat us every time.
They're not human.
They're a superior species.
They'd beat us every time.
They're not human.
They're a superior species.
They'd beat us every time.
They're not human.
[intense music]
Don't you realize that
at this very moment,
they could be
controlling a bomber crew
and force them
to press the button?
That would be it.
- I don't believe it.
- You don't believe it.
And what gave you the divine
right to take a decision
that could destroy
the entire world?
Oh, don't be so bloody
emotional and sentimental
just because of your
feeling about these kids.
They're not kids!
Have you ever seen them
laugh, run, play?
No, by God, but
you've seen them Kill,
violently and hideously.
Have you thought about that
[dramatic music]
I don't know what to do.
I wish to God I did.
We've got to do something.
Come on.
I'm sorry.
I was after Dr. Neville.
I'm afraid he's not here,
Oh, I was rather hoping...
Well, is there anything
I can do to help?
Well, those cells
we saw the other day...
- Yes, what about them?
- I can't be certain, of course.
- But it's just a hypothesis.
- Yes.
But because of the
nature of the cells,
and the size, and conformation,
and other factors,
I think they are
the cells of man.
Advanced maybe a million years.
[tank engine rumbling]
Man on radio: That's alright,
but we'll need extra cable
if we do.
I want plenty of distractions.
Keep those vehicles
moving till we're ready.
Command to all stations.
All vehicles
to remain on the move...
Get that truck unloaded
and move it out of here.
Come on, move.
[telephone buzzing]
Hold on, would you?
Sir, Dr. Neville, sir.
A Dr. Llewellyn and
Prof. Gruber to see you.
Well, Dr. Llewellyn
discovered Paul Looran.
And Professor Gruber's
the head of my department
at the university.
Right. Send them up.
- Get on with that thing.
- Sir.
Finished, sir.
Test the circuit.
Signal station.
This is a test.
Man on radio:
Prepare for firing signal.
Test signal received.
Circuit functioning A-okay.
Bring the armored units
into firing positions.
[tank engine rumbling]
All stations, readiness report.
G-station ready and standing by.
C-station ready and standing by.
-Station ready
and standing by.
M-station. He's not out yet.
Man on radio: Detonator crew.
He's not out yet.
Dr. Llewellyn's here, sir.
M-station not yet
operational, sir.
What do you mean
they're not operational?
- Let me talk to them.
- Sir.
This is the commander...
The minister of defense,
the chief of staff
and Colin have all been
killed horribly.
There's been murder and chaos
in four embassies.
That was the chance
you gave them.
They did that
and then came back here?
Yes. And we hope that's
the one mistake they've made.
Well, what sense
is there in that?
I'm not prepared to guess
what makes sense to them.
Well, get that line working,
or we go without you.
- Finish the check.
- Sir.
Let's see the area plan.
Does it occur to you that
Colin and the others
may have made just
the same mistake as you're
making now,
pointed guns at them?
Colin's not alive
to tell me the story.
Oh, so that's the answer, is it?
To put them in a position
where they have
no alternative
but to fight back.
You were the one that reminded
me of what happened in there.
At this very moment, they
could be making all those men
out there turn their
guns on one another!
That would be a bloody massacre!
That's a risk
I'm prepared to take.
It's a risk we're all
prepared to take.
Man : The ammunition carriers
are withdrawing now.
Look, David.
Look, will you
listen to me, please?
This is important.
The professor...
Professor Gruber...
Professor thinks those cells
are the cells of man.
Man, advanced maybe
a million years.
That's possible.
But we're ape advanced
a million years.
And from what I've seen,
I think we need protection
against man advanced
a million years.
Either we control them,
or they control us,
and that's the
law of nature, Tom.
Ask any ape.
M-station's still
not bloody ready, sir.
Does Mr. Harib know about this?
Mr. Harib's already
down there in the car.
And with him is a volunteer
from each of the embassies.
Not only are they
agreed on this action,
but they're also agreed
that if it works,
it's worth the risk
of their lives.
And ours.
I think you ought to keep
an eye on Dr. Llewellyn.
Man on radio:
M-station to command.
He's got the charges in place,
but he hasn't got
the line out yet.
You're the only station
not ready.
- We can't wait.
- Come on, move.
The old man's blowing his top!
If he can work
any faster in this muck,
let him come down
and do it himself.
Look, I don't know what happened
at the embassies, Mr. Harib,
but at least hear their side.
I was the one that sent
them to their embassies.
Bloody stick.
Right. Grab it.
They're out.
Give us a minute to tie up.
Look, you can't
do all this without
knowing what they're after.
How do we know why they're
here, what they want?
M-station ready and standing by.
- All stations ready, sir.
- Right.
Inform Mr. Harib
we go ahead in 30 seconds.
Man on radio: Commander
to Harib. We go in 30 seconds.
Right. I'll take care of this.
Man on radio: All arms,
load and prepare to fire.
Mr. Harib, we go in less
than half a minute, sir.
You men, stop those people.
Who's that?
Get away from that church!
- Go get him.
- Just a minute, captain.
I'd like that. Please.
David: Get back!
Only the task force is
allowed in the area now, sir.
This is my responsibility,
Paul! Paul! David: Get back!
You've got ten seconds
to get him out of there.
Count down from ten,
and then push that button.
David: Tom!
Montez: Final countdown.
Montez on radio: Nine.
Paul, give me some sign
you can hear me!
Montez on radio: Seven.
Wait a minute.
It's Harib.
Montez on radio:
Four, three, two...
- Stop the countdown!
- Stop the countdown!
Check, check, check!
Can you hear me in there?
I want some sign
you can hear me.
[gasps] Paul.
Hey, wait for the signal.
Tell us what you want here.
What do you expect from us?
Be ready to go on that button
without a countdown.
- Sir.
- Let me pass.
Alright, Dr. Llewellyn.
We'll give them their hearing.
My God.
They're all going up there.
Do you understand
why we have done this?
You are here to destroy us.
Paul, what is your purpose?
Why are you here?
To be destroyed.
What is it?
The Indian boy was dead.
Why are we here?
For the same reason
you are here.
You may choose your way.
We have chosen ours.
[tanks whirring]
You blasted fool!
[cannons firing]
Stop firing, you bloody fools!
Stop it! Stop firing!
Stop firing!
Stop it, do you hear?
Stop it!
For the God's sake, stop it!
- Cease fire!
- Stop it.
I'm ordering all units
to cease fire. Cease fire.
I'm ordering you to fire.
The general is
ordering me not to fire.
Stop it, you bloody fools!
[gunfire continues]
Stop firing!
Stop it! Stop firing.
Stop it!
Fire the damn thing!
Stop firing!
You bloody fool!
[dramatic music]
[music continues]