Day the Fish Came Out, The

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Film (1967). Michael Cacoyannis Productions/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Michael Cacoyannis. Written by Michael Cacoyannis. Cast includes Candice Bergen, Colin Blakely, Tom Courtenay, Ian Ogilvy and Sam Wanamaker. 109 minutes. Colour.

This Near-Future Greek/UK film takes off from a real-life incident in which the US Air Force accidentally lost two H-bombs off the coast of Spain. A NATO bomber crashes into the sea near a small Greek island, losing two H-bombs and a "Doomsday weapon". To keep a low profile, the NATO recovery team arrives disguised as holiday-makers, but this creates the impression that the island is the "in" place to visit, and soon it is swarming with real tourists. Then lethal viruses are released from a metal box found by a fisherman. A strange mixture of slapstick and grim satire, The Day the Fish Came Out is not very coherent, but the final scenes, showing dead fish floating in the black sea while all the tourists, already doomed themselves, dance with frenzied abandon on the beach, are forceful. The novelization is The Day the Fish Came Out (1967) by Kay Cicellis. [JB]

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