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|George Sanders||Gordon Zellaby|
|Barbara Shelley||Anthea Zellaby|
|Martin Stephens||David Zellaby|
|Michael Gwynn||Alan Bernard|
|Laurence Naismith||Doctor Willers|
|Jenny Laird||Mrs. Harrington|
|Charlotte Mitchell||Janet Pawle|
|Thomas Heathcote||James Pawle|
|Peter Vaughan||P.C. Gobby|
All of the inhabitants (including the animals) of the British village of Midwich suddenly fall unconscious, and anyone entering the village also loses consciousness. The military arrives and establishes a cordon. The pilot of an observation aircraft goes below 5,000 feet, loses consciousness, and the plane crashes. A five mile exclusion zone around the village is established for all aircraft. The military send in a man wearing a gas mask, but he too falls unconscious and is pulled back by a safety rope. The man awakens, reporting a cold sensation just before passing out. At nearly that very moment, the villagers regain consciousness, seeming otherwise unaffected. The incident is referred to as a "time-out," and no cause is determined.
About two months later, all women and girls of childbearing age who were in the affected area are discovered to be pregnant, sparking many accusations of infidelity and premarital sex. The accusations fade as the extraordinary nature of the pregnancies is discovered with three-month fetuses appearing to be developed to a stage of five months. All of the women give birth on the same day, and the doctor doing the bulk of the deliveries reports on the unusual appearance of the children, who all have unusual scalp hair texture and colour (pale blond, almost white), striking eyes and unusual fingernails. As they grow, and develop at impossible speed, it becomes clear that they also have a powerful telepathic bond with one another. They can tell each other anything that they see from great distances. As one learns something, so do the others.
Three years later village resident Professor Gordon Zellaby (Sanders), who is connected to the military via his brother-in-law (Gwynn), attends a meeting with British Intelligence to discuss the children. There he learns that Midwich was not the only place affected, and follow-up investigations had revealed similar phenomena in other areas of the world.
In a township in northern Australia, thirty infants were born in one day but all died within 10 hours of birth.
In an Inuit community in Canada, there were ten children born. Fair-haired children born to their kind violated their taboos, and all of them were killed.
In Irkutsk, RSFSR, the men murdered all of the children and their mothers.
In the mountains of the north-western Soviet Union, the children survived and were being educated to the highest possible level by the state.
Theatrical : 1960-12-07 : United States of America
DVD : 2004-08-10