The Day The Fish Came Out

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Twenieth Century Fox Released 1969

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The Day The Fish Came Out

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Director:
Michael Cacoyannis
Released:
1969
Rating:
Not rated

A cautionary tale. A NATO  aeroplane - carrying a mysterious metal box containing "something more dangerous than a nuclear weapon" - goes down in the sea near a tiny, barren Greek island. The pilot and navigator - speaking no Greek and all but naked as a result of their accident - get to the shore, but can't make contact with the rescue team. CIA men - disguised as tourists (the island never has tourists) to alleviate suspicion - arrive, but their flamboyant tourist clothes convince the two airmen that they must be homosexuals. The word gets about that the island is the new in-crowd place to visit, and soon there are people from all over looking for the plane, the airmen and that curious box, which someone, sooner or later, is just bound to open...

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    • This film was inspired by the notorious "Palomares Incident" of less than two years earlier. A NATO aeroplane crashed into the sea off the coast of Spain, and it was later learned that it was carrying two nuclear devices which were primed and ready for immediate use. Luckily, these devices did not detonate and were, like the plane's two pilots, safely retrieved.

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