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Red Planet Mars (1952)

 -  Drama | Sci-Fi  -  15 May 1952 (USA)
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An American scientist is able to contact and communicate with Mars with shattering political, economic, and spiritual repercussions.

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An American scientist contacts Mars by radio and receives information that Mars is a utopia and that Earth's people can be saved if they return to the worship of God. Revolution sweeps the Earth, including the Soviet Union. But there remains doubt about the messages being genuine, as an ex-Nazi claims he was duping the Americans. Written by Bill Smith <bsmith30@ix.netcom.com>

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The World Torn Asunder By A Thret From Outer Space! See more »

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15 May 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El milagro de Marte  »

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This movie foresaw the flat panel TV at least 40 years before they were commercially available. The scientist husband and wife main characters had what looked like a 40-inch equivalent over their fireplace and were seen watching the news on it in several scenes. It was probably simulated by projecting the picture onto the rear of a glass screen. See more »

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The Russian patrol that arrives to search the peasants' house arrives in a World War II-era American "deuce and a half" (two and half ton truck). See more »

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Franz Calder: It's not in the American character to keep quiet about success.
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It could have been a classic...
11 April 2009 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Pretty interesting idea, but poorly developed.

RPM is a rather well-made movie, acting is good. But, it is rather slow, too talky at times, and there are no Martian monsters in it (too bad!). It is not what one would expect from a movie with a title like that.

I really don't care about the propaganda and the portrayal of the soviets as the bad guys (they also were bad, after all!). But what bothers me is the heavily religious bias in this film... It gets to the point of being extremely annoying, it destroyed what could have been a good sci-fi film and transformed RPM in an exercise in evangelism.

Three stars for the effort and for what it could have been.


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