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      Seven Days to Noon

      Released Dec 18, 1950 1h 33m Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      100% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 73% Audience Score 250+ Ratings When Professor Willingdon (Barry Jones) becomes wary of the nuclear weapons he is helping build, he steals a warhead and threatens to detonate it in London in seven days unless the government begins nuclear disarmament. As Willingdon goes into hiding, Detective Folland (Andre Morell) of Scotland Yard sets out to find him. Willingdon's daughter Ann (Sheila Manahan) also joins the cause, hoping she can talk sense into her father before he causes a catastrophe. Read More Read Less

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      Matt Brunson Film Frenzy This somber thriller earned an Academy Award for Best Motion Picture Story. Rated: 3/4 Nov 30, 2019 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine Another superior item from Britain, the central character being a Godfearing but deranged atomic scientist who vanishes with a stolen bomb and threatens to blow up London. A recommendable thriller for adults. Oct 30, 2019 Full Review MFB Critics Monthly Film Bulletin Seven Days to Noon is a first class thriller with a theme of alarming topicality. Feb 8, 2018 Full Review Chris Cabin Filmcritic.com an odd and upending entertainment, one that concludes that those on the opposite side of the world are nothing compared to those at home Rated: 3.5/5 Aug 12, 2009 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Gripping suspense thriller about the possible nuclear destruction of London. Rated: B+ Mar 2, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      paul d An unusual and interesting premise holds the film together. It's a well-done but rather theatrical and intellectual "thriller", but with a very, very important theme: the threat of nuclear war. The atmospheric shots of 1950 London are excellent. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Not a "typical" Boulting Brothers film in that it is more dramatic and less "funny", but still a rather bleak satire of the cold war and a government's response to a threat to its existence. I must admit that while the ending was somewhat expected, it still came as something of a shock! Great b/w photography, wonderful shots of an "evacuated" London, great performances all around, I agree with the 77% rating because the film is farm from perfect (and it's a bit slow-going by today's hectic standards). Worth seeing, probably won't watch it again any time soon, though. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Watched this in 2013 but still found it quite exciting. Good acting and direction with a simple plot. A good chilled watch. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Barry Jones stars in this 1950s thriller. Sci fi horror, an early Atomic themed film, which is excellent throughout Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Its fair to say that parts of this thriller haven't aged as well as other parts of it have, the biggest problem is all the accents are either clipped precise English or Lord Luv a Duck cockneys which can be quite grating at times. But that quibble aside The Boulting Brothers give us a tense and exciting thriller which will keep you hooked until the very end. Barry Jones plays the overworked Prof Willingdon who decides on a drastic course of action to end what he sees as a futile arms race. He steals a small atomic device and threatens to destroy London unless his demands are met. What follows is an exciting Manhunt as the net closes around Willingdon and London becomes an evacuated and empty ghost town. The film evokes its period very well indeed and although some of the acting is on the Wooden side Barry Jones as Willingdon and Andre Morrell as the Policeman on his trail keep the film afloat with outsanding performances. A real British classic this film despite some flaws still stands up today. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Well constructed drama about Professor with second thoughts about his nuclear weapons research, A bit dated in a good way (as commentary on times in which it was made) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis When Professor Willingdon (Barry Jones) becomes wary of the nuclear weapons he is helping build, he steals a warhead and threatens to detonate it in London in seven days unless the government begins nuclear disarmament. As Willingdon goes into hiding, Detective Folland (Andre Morell) of Scotland Yard sets out to find him. Willingdon's daughter Ann (Sheila Manahan) also joins the cause, hoping she can talk sense into her father before he causes a catastrophe.
      Director
      John Boulting
      Producer
      John Boulting, Roy Boulting
      Screenwriter
      James Bernard
      Distributor
      Arthur Mayer-Edward Kingsley Inc.
      Production Co
      London Film Productions, British Lion Film Corporation, Boulting Brothers
      Genre
      Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 18, 1950, Original
      Runtime
      1h 33m