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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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Cast

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James Whitmore ... Police Sgt. Ben Peterson

Edmund Gwenn ... Dr. Harold Medford

Joan Weldon ... Dr. Patricia 'Pat' 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 Blanke ... Alcoholic Ward Patient (uncredited)

Willis Bouchey ... Official at D.C. Meeting (uncredited)
Richard Boyer ... Trooper #1 (uncredited)
Waldron Boyle ... Doctor (uncredited)
Marshall Bradford ... Psychiatrist (scenes deleted) (uncredited)
Alexander Campbell ... Official (uncredited)
James Cardwell ... Officer (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)
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)
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)
Mary Lou Holloway ... Blonde (uncredited)
Gayle Kellogg ... Gunner (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Trooper #2 (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns ... Jeep Driver (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 ... Air Force Sergeant (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Army Officer (uncredited)
Charles Perry ... Soldier (uncredited)
Grandon Rhodes ... Alcoholic Ward Doctor (uncredited)

William Schallert ... Ambulance Attendant (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)

Dub Taylor ... Railroad Yard Watchman (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Harry, Alcoholic Ward Patient (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... Railroad Detective (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Alcoholic Ward Patient (uncredited)
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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)
 
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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:
Cameo: [Leonard Nimoy]the soldier who reads the wire copy story about the pilot being held in a mental hospital in Texas.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: Shadow of microphone can momentarily be seen on the wall of the room where Dr. Harold Medford asks to see the little girl.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Robert Graham:Pat, if these monsters got started as a result of the first atomic bomb in 1945, what about all the others that have been exploded since then?
Dr. Patricia 'Pat' Medford:I don't know.
Dr. Harold Medford:Nobody knows, Robert. When Man entered the atomic age, he opened a door into a new world. What we'll eventually find in that new world, nobody can predict.
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
They don't get much better than this, 26 September 1999
Author: BrianG from California

This is the granddaddy of 'em all, the film that pretty much started giant bug genre of sci-fi films and spawned countless imitators, none of which are remotely as good as this one. This movie has pretty much everything going for it: a literate, atmospheric, extremely well-written script for what is essentially a B picture (although Warner Brothers put a substantial amount of cash into it)l outstanding acting jobs by everyone from the leads on down to the extras; razor-sharp direction by an old pro, Gordon Douglas (by far his best film; nothing he did before or since was anywhere near as good); a combination of visual and sound effects guaranteed to creep you out (the scene where James Whitmore's partner goes outside the wrecked store to investigate the strange noises he hears is among the scariest things you'll ever see). Also, the characters are believable; they act like you know people would act in the same situation. Edmund Gwenn isn't the typical befuddled scientist you see in these films; he may be a tad distracted at times, but he gets down to business when the situation calls for it. Joan Weldon, his daughter, isn't just just a pretty face for the leads to fight over; she's every bit as much a scientist as her father, and she lets that fact be known right away. There's another level of this film that works well, too; comedy. Not the slapstick kind, or the stereotypical dumb cop or cook or crew member (usually from Brooklyn) that pops up in these films, but there are several lighter moments in the film that really work. Everyone remembers the wonderful Olin Howlin, the guy in the drunk tank who sings "Make me a sergeant in charge of the booze!", but there are several other segements that are equally as lighthearted; the great Dub Taylor playing a railroad detective suspected of stealing a load of sugar from a railroad car that the ants have actually done ("You think I stole that sugar? When was the last time you busted a ring of sugar thieves? You ever heard of a market for hot sugar?") and another scene in the drunk ward where a patient looks at the army major accompanying Arness and Whitmore and says, "I wanna get out of here, general, but I ain't gonna join the army to do it!" The special effects are first-rate but do not overwhelm the story, as is all too common in many of today's action films (that is, when there actually IS a story). There are some truly terrifying scenes (the one where the ants, who have hidden in the hold of a cargo ship at sea, attack and slaughter the crew), and I liked the fact that the ants aren't invulnerable--they CAN be killed (it just takes a lot more effort)--and also that they actually act like ants. All they're doing is just what real ants would actually do--which makes things even scarier, given that we know how single-minded and vicious real ants can actually be.

All in all, this is a trailblazing film that attempts to work on several levels--as a sci-fi film, as a mystery, as an action film--and succeeds admirably in every one.

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