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Director:
Writers:
Philip Yordan (screenplay) (front for Ben Maddow) and
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Release Date:
3 March 1954 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He feared only two things on earth...the MARABUNTA...Nature's deadliest force, and his fiery New Orleans bride! See more »
Plot:
The Leiningen South American cocoa plantation is threatened by a 2-mile-wide, 20-mile-long column of army ants. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Eleanor Parker ... Joanna Leiningen

Charlton Heston ... Christopher Leiningen

Abraham Sofaer ... Incacha

William Conrad ... Commissioner
Romo Vincent ... Boat Captain

Douglas Fowley ... Medicine Man
John Dierkes ... Gruber
Leonard Strong ... Kutina
Norma Calderón ... Zala (as Norma Calderon)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pilar Del Rey ... Indian Wife (uncredited)

Bernie Gozier ... Gruber's Indian (uncredited)
Jerry Groves ... Gruber's Indian (uncredited)
Leon Lontoc ... Indian (uncredited)
John Mansfield ... Foreman (uncredited)
Ronald Alan Numkena ... Indian Boy (uncredited)
Rodd Redwing ... Indian (uncredited)
Jack Reitzen ... Fat Man (uncredited)
Carlos Rivero ... Indian Husband (uncredited)
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Directed by
Byron Haskin 
 
Writing credits
Philip Yordan (screenplay) front for Ben Maddow and
Ranald MacDougall (screenplay)

Carl Stephenson (based on a story by)

Ben Maddow  screenplay (front Philip Yordan)

Produced by
Frank Freeman Jr. .... associate producer
George Pal .... producer
 
Original Music by
Daniele Amfitheatrof 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Everett Douglas 
 
Art Direction by
Franz Bachelin 
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Grace Gregory 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Charles Gemora .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herbert Coleman .... assistant director
Arthur Rosson .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound recordist
Harry Lindgren .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Charles Gemora .... mechanical designer: ants (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Loyal Griggs .... photographer: second unit
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... conductor (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
Reginald Lal Singh .... technical advisor
 
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Runtime:
95 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Approved (PCA #16799) | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 7, 1954 with Charlton Heston reprising his film role.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: During the first meeting/"confrontation" between Joanna and Christopher there comes a point in the conversation when he asks her if she is 'laughing at him.' As she turns from the dresser to face him at the very upper left corner for approx. 35 frames the moving shadow of what may well be a boom mic can easily be seen as it follows the motion.See more »
Quotes:
Commissioner:Leiningen, you're up against a monster twenty miles long and two miles wide... forty square miles of agonizing death! You can't stop it!See more »
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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Wow, There Are a Lot of Ants!, 7 November 2001
Author: Hitchcoc from United States

Before Charlton Heston faced the Red Sea, the Apes, and the anti-gun folks, he was in this picture, where he takes second billing to the Marabunta (sic), army ants that want to eat his plantation. His other problem is his knockout mail order bride with whom he is having trouble communicating. With Heston at his most passionate, running the emotional ladder from A to B, it's hard to tell. Nevertheless, I saw this movie with my sister when we were about 9 or 10 and movies cost 15 cents. We would hide behind the seat in front of us each time the skeletal remains of the alcoholic guy showed up (we sat through the movie four times). The rest of the theatre shrieked. The movie is really a lot of fun. Those ants are a menace which, like the shark in Jaws, don't really have anything personal against us--they are just hungry and eating everything in their path. Heston must find a way to combat them or lose everything he has. As a teenager, one of my top ten short stories was "Leinengen Versus the Ants." This does justice to the story although I don't remember anything about the "experienced" young woman he finds himself with. I chanced upon this film on AMC one day and I was totally caught up in it. Give it a chance. It will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you're looking for a fully developed dramatic piece, forget it.

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