The Day The Fish Came Out

  • 1967
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Silly and pretentious nuclear disaster drama from the director of ZORBA THE GREEK (1964), Cacoyannis. Two NATO airmen, Blakely and Courtenay, accidentally drop their payload of H-bombs and a doomsday type of device into the sea near a small Greek island. The pilots ditch their plane in the sea and swim to shore to call their superiors. They arrive on the...read more

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Silly and pretentious nuclear disaster drama from the director of ZORBA THE GREEK (1964), Cacoyannis. Two NATO airmen, Blakely and Courtenay, accidentally drop their payload of H-bombs and a doomsday type of device into the sea near a small Greek island. The pilots ditch their plane in the

sea and swim to shore to call their superiors. They arrive on the beach clad only in their underwear, which makes it difficult for them to look for a phone. This doesn't really matter because the government knows of the accident and has dispatched Wanamaker and a number of agents to the island

posing as hotel experts looking to expand their operations in the area. While this cover provides Wanamaker with mobility, it also causes a mad rush of interest in the island, and hundreds of tourists stampede the place, making his mission more difficult. Among the visitors is an archeological

assistant, Bergen, who promptly has an affair with one of the agents, Ogilvy. It becomes apparent that something is wrong on the island when thousands of dead fish float to the surface of the steadily blackening sea. The tourists, realizing they are all going to die, suddenly begin dancing with

abandon on the beach, wearing futuristic swimwear designed by the director. In the end, the island blows up. The film is an uneasy olio of farce, allegory, drama, and surrealism that becomes laughable due to lousy dialog and bad performances by a cast which doesn't seem to know what is going

on.

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  • Review: Silly and pretentious nuclear disaster drama from the director of ZORBA THE GREEK (1964), Cacoyannis. Two NATO airmen, Blakely and Courtenay, accidentally drop their payload of H-bombs and a doomsday type of device into the sea near a small Greek island. T… (more)

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