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Target Earth (1954)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 7 November 1954 (USA)
Giant robots from Venus invade Chicago. Stranded in the deserted city are strangers Frank and Nora.

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Frank Brooks
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Nora King
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Vicki Harris
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Davis, the Killer
Mort Marshall ...
Charles Otis
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Lt. General Wood
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Tom, Chief research scientist
James Drake ...
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A large city is ordered to be completely evacuated as an army of robots, believed to be from the planet Venus, attack it. Left behind are Nora King and Frank Brooks, strangers until their chance meeting in the deserted streets. They meet a celebrating couple at a café, Vicki Harris and Jim Wilson. The quartet escape the robot patrol and take refuge in a large hotel. There, they encounter a new danger in Davis, a psychopathic killer. Venus robots or not, Davis practices his profession. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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7 November 1954 (USA)  »

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Invasores de otros mundos  »

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$85,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.66 : 1
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Robert Roark (who played the killer) got his part because his father, a doctor in L.A., would only invest in the film if his son was given a part. After this part Roark went on to play in many movies and eventually became a producer. See more »

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When Jim chokes Davis to death his hands are on the sides of Davis' neck-not over his windpipe. Also it takes several minutes to kill someone by choking. See more »

Quotes

Frank Brooks: Take it easy. I'm not going to hurt you.
[grabs Nora and slaps her]
Frank Brooks: That's more like it. Now calm down!
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Spoofed in Mars Attacks! (1996) See more »

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A mixed bag of good and bad.
29 June 2000 | by (southern California) – See all my reviews

Acting: THE GOOD. Richard Reeves and Virginia Grey. Although they both started the movie completely intoxicated, they suddenly become sober at the sight of a dead body. But I found them to be the only two characters with any hint of personality in this movie. THE BAD: Everybody else. Kathleen Crowly runs through the vacant city with a smile on her face, isn't she supposed to be frightened? Richard Denning is just the opposite. His face is so straight throughout the whole movie, I was beginning to believe HE was a robot. And finally, Robert Roark...ugh!! What is that?? A Humphry Bogart impersonation?

SPECIAL EFFECTS: THE GOOD: You'll only have to look at the robots a few times,the rest is left to our imaginations. THE BAD: Is that robot bow-legged? Well, I have seen worse in other B-movies.

CLASSIC LINES: FRANK: "Take it easy, I'm not going to hurt you!" Just before slapping Nora in the face. And, FRANK: "It's(Venus)covered by a heavy layer of clouds,that means plenty of water, oxygen, and hydrogen in it's atmosphere." VICKI: "Say, where did you learn all this?" FRANK: "College." Overall, this is your average 50's sci-fi with more focus on character studies than on the cheap looking robot. Which saves it from the Ed Wood level of movie making.


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