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Invaders from Mars (1953)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 22 April 1953 (USA)
A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings.

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Dr. Pat Blake
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Dr. Stuart Kelston / Narrator
Jimmy Hunt ...
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Mr. George MacLean
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Mrs. Mary MacLean
Morris Ankrum ...
Col. Fielding
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William Phipps ...
Sgt. Baker (as Bill Phipps)
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Capt. Roth
Janine Perreau ...
Kathy Wilson
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Storyline

One night, young David McLean sees a spaceship crash into a nearby sandpit. His father goes to investigate, but comes back changed. Where once he was cheerful and affectionate, he's now sullen and snarlingly rude. Others fall into the sandpit and begin acting like him: cold, ill-tempered and conspiratorial. David knows that aliens are taking over the bodies of humans, but he'll soon discover there have been far more of these terrible thefts than he could have imagined. The young doom-monger finds some serious help in a lady doctor and a brilliant astronomer. Soon they meet the aliens: green creatures with insect-like eyes. These beings prove to be slaves to their leader: a large, silent head with ceaselessly shifting eyes and two tentacles on either side, each of which branches off into three smaller tentacles. It's up to the redoubtable earth trio to stop its evil plans. Written by J. Spurlin

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Mankind's oldest fear comes to life! See more »

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Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

22 April 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Invasores de Marte  »

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Budget:

$290,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Supercinecolor) (uncredited)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Among the cost-cutting measures made during filming was the elimination of Cricket, David's dog. The use of animals during filming almost always takes more time, and therefore more money, a luxury that director William Cameron Menzies didn't have. See more »

Goofs

When Sgt. Rinaldi is being pulled into the sand, he points the muzzle of his carbine downward and three shots are heard, but the carbine bolt does not reciprocate and no casings are expelled from the ejection port.

I had read your post before watching this film. Watching the scene on frame by frame, the bolt does reciprocate, and at least one empty case is ejected, being quite noticeable against the black fence. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: The heavens. Once an object of superstition, awe, and fear. Now a vast region for growing knowledge. The distance of Venus, the atmosphere of Mars, the size of Jupiter, and the speed of Mercury. All this and more we know. But their greatest mystery the heavens have kept a secret. What sort of life, if any, inhabits these other planets? Human life, like ours? Or life extremely lower in the scale? Or dangerously higher? Seeking the answer to this timeless question, forever seeking, ...
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Referenced in Quantum Leap: Jimmy - October 14, 1964 (1989) See more »

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Paranoid, Maybe-Serious, Very.
30 June 2004 | by (Capitol District, NY State) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in it's 2nd or 3rd run, around 1957 I was about 10 years old (same age as David in the movie) and very naive concerning agendas and hidden messages. The hook was the very beginning with a spatial view of the stars, a vocal chorus that sounded 'heavenly' and segued in beautiful fashion. I was a stargazer, thrilled with what was starting to happen in the space race and interested in all things scientific. When you're 10, you don't look for zippers on martian suits, balloons that move when martians go past them, or things like that. What you notice is that some of the people in the movie echo individuals you know in real life. You begin to wonder if people who seem changed in real life have something in the back of their necks. Maybe you look for these markings after you leave the theater?

'Invaders' had a profound effect on me as a child, but then, so did "The Day The Earth Stood Still". I suspect that there wasn't a large budget to make this picture but am moved to say that it accomplished what it set out to do, both in sending a message and being real scary at the time. If you are a real 'Invaders' fan, try to find the 12" laser discs that came out in the late 70s. (2-12" laser disc set) It featured all the trailers and several different endings. I still watch it now and then and hope that I don't wake up in the same dream every day, like David did.


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