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Them! -- Radiation from bomb tests creates giant, mutant ants that descend upon a town.

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Director:
Writers:
Ted Sherdeman (screenplay)
Russell S. Hughes (adaptation)
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Release Date:
19 June 1954 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Amazing New Warner Bros. Sensation! See more »
Plot:
The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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(6 articles)
User Reviews:
Sci-fi Classic See more (197 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Whitmore ... Police Sgt. Ben Peterson

Edmund Gwenn ... Dr. Harold Medford

Joan Weldon ... Dr. Patricia Medford

James Arness ... Robert Graham
Onslow Stevens ... Brig. Gen. Robert O'Brien
Sean McClory ... Maj. Kibbee
Chris Drake ... Trooper Ed Blackburn
Sandy Descher ... The Ellinson Girl
Mary Alan Hokanson ... Mrs. Lodge (as Mary Ann Hokanson)
Don Shelton ... Trooper Capt. Fred Edwards

Fess Parker ... Alan Crotty
Olin Howland ... Jensen (as Olin Howlin)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Bellis ... Mike Lodge (uncredited)
John Beradino ... Patrolman Ryan (uncredited)
Robert Berger ... Patrolman Sutton (uncredited)
Oscar Blank ... Alcoholic Ward Patient (uncredited)

Willis Bouchey ... Official at D.C. Meeting (uncredited)
Richard Boyer ... Trooper #1 (uncredited)
Waldron Boyle ... Doctor (uncredited)
Alexander Campbell ... Official (uncredited)
James Cardwell ... Officer (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Reporter (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ... Cameraman (uncredited)

Roydon Clark ... Jeep Driver (uncredited)
John Close ... Johnny, Police Aircraft Pilot (uncredited)
Booth Colman ... Reporter (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Washington Official (uncredited)
Robert Scott Correll ... Jerry Lodge (uncredited)
Walter Coy ... Reporter (uncredited)
Lynn Craft ... Washington Official (uncredited)
Dean Cromer ... MP Sergeant (uncredited)

Richard Deacon ... Bald Reporter at L.A. News Conference (uncredited)
Eddie Dew ... Officer (uncredited)
Lawrence Dobkin ... Los Angeles City Engineer (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Child Psychiatrist (uncredited)
Wally Duffy ... Airman (uncredited)
Cliff Ferre ... Cliff, Police Lab Man (uncredited)
Norman Field ... Gen. James (uncredited)
George Ford ... Doctor (uncredited)
Joseph Forte ... Coroner 'Doc' Putnam (uncredited)
Dean Fredericks ... Det. Curtis (uncredited)
Russell Gaige ... Coroner (uncredited)
Otis Garth ... Admiral at Second Conference (uncredited)
Dorothy Green ... Matron (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Henderson ... Bartender (uncredited)
Mary Lou Holloway ... Blonde (uncredited)
Gayle Kellogg ... Gunner (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Trooper #2 (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns ... Jeep Driver (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Washington Official (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Reporter (uncredited)
Warren Mace ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Wayne Mallory ... Loader (uncredited)
John Maxwell ... Dr. Grant (uncredited)
Mathew McCue ... Gramps Johnson, Storekeeper (uncredited)
Charles Meredith ... Washington Official (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Government Official (uncredited)

Leonard Nimoy ... Army Sergeant (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Army Officer (uncredited)
Charles Perry ... Soldier (uncredited)
Grandon Rhodes ... Alcoholic Ward Doctor (uncredited)

William Schallert ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Fred Shellac ... Attendant (uncredited)
Joel Smith ... Smitty, Ben's Jeep Driver (uncredited)
K.L. Smith ... Trooper (uncredited)
Janet Stewart ... WAVE (uncredited)
Victor Sutherland ... Senator at D.C. Meeting (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Doctor (uncredited)

Dub Taylor ... Railroad Yard Watchman (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Harry, Alcoholic Ward Patient (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... Railroad Detective (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Alcoholic Ward Patient (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Douglas 
 
Writing credits
Ted Sherdeman (screenplay)

Russell S. Hughes (adaptation) (as Russell Hughes)

George Worthing Yates (story)

Produced by
David Weisbart .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper 
 
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox  (as Sid Hickox)
 
Film Editing by
Thomas Reilly 
 
Art Direction by
Stanley Fleischer 
 
Set Decoration by
G.W. Berntsen 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Agnes Flanagan .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Henry Vilardo .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (as Russ Saunders)
Al Alleborn .... second assistant director (uncredited)
John Prettyman .... extra director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
J. Leslie Asher .... assistant props (uncredited)
Dick Smith .... prop construction manager (uncredited)
Robert Turner .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Francis J. Scheid .... sound
Clifford Call .... recordist (uncredited)
Dave DePatie .... sound editor (uncredited)
Ora Hudson .... boom operator (uncredited)
Lincoln Lyons .... sound editor (uncredited)
William A. Mueller .... sound effects (uncredited)
William Thompson .... cable man (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ardell Lytle .... pyroeffects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Leon Albert .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Burnett .... gaffer (uncredited)
Robert Johannes .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harold Noyes .... grip (uncredited)
William John Ranaldi .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ed Rike .... best boy (uncredited)
William Schurr .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Jack Woods .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Moss Mabry .... wardrobe
Roe Ramsey .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Marguerite Royce .... wardrobe: ladies (uncredited)
Ted Schultz .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator
Ray Heindorf .... musical director
 
Other crew
Liz Patten .... double: Sandy Descher (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Them" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
94 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG | Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Norway:16 (1954) | Sweden:11 (1969) | UK:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #16752, General Audience) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
Shortly after the helicopter reconnaissance, a meeting opens with an army officer looking through a Stereo Realist red button viewer. He is evidently looking at 3-D slides taken by Dr. Pat Medford. A second viewer is on the table next to Dr. Medford. This was rather clever product placement, considering the film was originally slated to be shot in 3-D format.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Pat and Robert spot the desert nest from the helicopter, several cars and what appear to be two buses or trucks can be seen parked on a dirt road behind the nest supposedly hidden in this isolated location, "in these hundreds of thousands of square miles of desert".See more »
Quotes:
The Ellinson Girl:[screaming hysterically] AHHH! THEM! THEM! THEM!See more »
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58 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
Sci-fi Classic, 17 January 2005
Author: AwesomeWolf from Australia

If I were to write a review something along the lines of: "Them! is awesome because it depicts giant irradiated ants, and giant irradiated ants are cool", I'd probably be shot. Either way, 'Them!' is a great movie.

'Them!, to my knowledge, would be one of the earliest sci-fi movies to look at the consequences of nuclear technology. 'The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms' was released a year earlier in 1953, and 'Gojira' was released months after 'Them!', and arguably became the most successful of the three, but don't discount the impact 'Them!' had.

The film opens in New Mexico. Several people seem to bitten the desert dust when some police officers find the prototype for Newt from 'Aliens'. After an investigation, a nest of giant ants is discovered. The ants were mutated by atomic testing, and are responsible for the local deaths.

Like the 'Beast From 20,000 Fathoms' and 'Gojira', 'Them!' played on Cold War fears of the consequences of using nuclear weapons. The story may not be as relevant today as it was during the 50s, but as a student of history I find it rather interesting. And as a fan of action and sci-fi, 'Them!' has obviously had influences on 'Aliens', 'Starship Troopers', 'Terminator 2', and other movies.

'Them!' is a great sci-fi movie. It is a shame that many people my age would avoid it due to its age, it being in black and white, and not having special-effects on the level of the 'Matrix' - 9/10

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