Saturday Matinee: The Day the Fish Came Out


“The Day the Fish Came Out” (1967) is a Greek/British co-production written and directed by Michael Cacoyannis (who also designed the film’s bizarre costumes). The film is a satirical sci-fi take on an actual incident in which two military aircraft collided over Spain causing four hydrogen bombs to rain down amongst the debris. Two of the bombs partly detonated similarly to a dirty bomb creating radioactive contamination in the area that persists to this day. In the film version, when a deadly payload called “Container Q” is dropped over a Greek resort island Americans disguised as tourists and real estate developers race against time to recover it in a dark comedy of errors reminiscent of Dr. Strangelove.

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1 Response to Saturday Matinee: The Day the Fish Came Out

  1. Barbara says:

    Let me catch my breath…I’m laughing so hard. I jumped the movie ahead to 13:24. you can see for yourself what I came upon. I don’t think I will be watching the entire movie, but its fun to jump ahead and be surprised by the scene you stumble upon. Crazy Avant Garde movie. I had never heard of this event. Was it big news when it happened, or was it hushed up?

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