Astronauts (Lloyd Bridges, Osa Massen, John Emery, Noah Beery, Jr., and Hugh O'Brien) blast off to explore the moon. Because of craft malfunction and some fuel calculations, they end up landing on Mars. On Mars, evidence of a once powerful civilization is found. The scientists determine that an atomic war destroyed most of the Martians (who surprisingly look like humans). Those that survived reverted to a caveman-like existence. Written by
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In the 1970s businessman Wade Williams acquired the rights to this film and proceeded to produce new special effects sequences to take the place of the film's original effects scenes. New shots included a model of the rocket in space, sequences depicting the ship descending toward and taking off from Mars, re-filmed sequences on Mars with new actors, and the use of stock footage of an actual nighttime rocket take-off in the launch sequence at the start of the movie. These sequences were substituted for original footage that was cut from the film, and were seen on the initial VHS and DVD releases in the US. In the 1990s, however, much of this substitute footage was removed and the original scenes restored. The only remaining updated effects sequences occur in the initial launch from Earth, and shots of the rocket landing on and departing from Mars (all of which used stock footage of a V-2 rocket in the original). However, the complete, uncut, original version of the film remains unavailable. See more »
The intervals in the countdown are inconsistent. Minutes pass by before another minute is counted down, and when the time drops below one minute, ten-second intervals are counted one after the other. See more »
Hot on the heels of George Pal's publicity blitz for "Destination Moon"
producer Lippert punched this quickie out in an attempt to cash-in at the
box office. Pal threatened to sue if Lippert took his rocket to the moon at
Pal's advertising expense;Lippert decided to avoid the court and 'knocked'
his rocket off course-hence a trip to Mars ensues. Or so the legend goes!
what remains is a tight sci-fi soap opera featuring a great supporting cast,
and an ominous prediction for our future. By today's standards it is better
than "Destination", and made for a fraction of the cost.
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