In the New Mexico desert, Police Sgt. Ben Peterson and his partner find a child wandering in the desert and sooner they discover that giant ants are attacking the locals. FBI agent Robert Graham teams up with Ben and with the support of Dr. Harold Medford and his daughter Dr. Patricia 'Pat' Medford, they destroy the colony of ants in the middle of the desert. Dr. Harold Medford explains that the atomic testing in 1945 developed the dangerous mutant ants. But they also discover that two queen ants have flown away to Los Angeles and they are starting a huge colony in the underground of the city. When a mother reports that her two children are missing, the team and the army have a lead to follow. Will they arrive in time to save the children and destroy the colony? Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Sci-Fi Classic of the Atomic Age
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Cameos: Besides Leonard Nimoy and Fess Parker, there are Dub Taylor (the Hubba Bubba man), silent film child star Ann Doran (as the nurse psychiatrist), Richard Deacon (Mel on "The Dick Van Dyke Show") as a reporter and Matthew McCue as Gramps Johnson's corpse (McCue played a townsman in just about every movie and TV western from the 30s to the 60s, including 60 episodes of "Gunsmoke"). See more
The telegram announces that Doctors Medford will travel aboard an Army plane. They arrive aboard a solid-nose, transport variant of the Mitchell B-25J which went into service in January 1944 with the US Army Air Forces. However, in 1947 (seven years prior to the making of Them!) Congress disestablished the USAAF and created the US Air Force. In fact, when the plane lands in the movie, you can read USAF on the underside of the wing, thus it was not an Army aircraft. See more
[the nest has been saturated with cyanide
Boy, if I can still raise an arm when we get out of this place, I'm gonna show you just how saturated *I* can get.
Referenced in Looney Tunes: Back in Action