Title: Medium Cool
Director: Haskell Wexler
Actors: Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz, Marianna Hill, Harold Blankenship, Charles Geary, Sid McCoy, Christine Bergstrom
Why in Database: The turtles appear only in the dialogue, the heroine mentions the turtles that lived on the island where the atomic bomb was tested and that after explosion, radiation disturbed their sense of direction, so instead of going to the water to lay eggs, they went to land and died. The heroine wonders if the people filming these scenes helped these turtles, but the character she is asking about it has no idea.
– Well, you remember that scene on an island, where they tested an atom bomb?.
– Well, there were these big turtles you know, tortoises, who, at a certain time in their lives would walk to the sea to lay their eggs. And they found that the radiation thing threw the turtles’ sense of direction so instead of heading to the sea, they went inland and died.
– Oh, I’m crying.
– Damn it! Look, somebody took those movies, right?. I mean, do you think did they or didn’t they after they took those movies… Do you think… Did they reach down and turn those turtles around or did they put them in a jeep and drive them back?.
– How the hell do I know what they did?. Those were Italian cameramen.