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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 & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Mutant ants go on the attack. See more (208 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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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG | Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Norway:16 (1954) | Sweden:11 (1969) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Approved (PCA #16752, General Audience) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
Walt Disney screened the movie because he was interested in casting James Arness as Davy Crockett. However, he was so impressed by Fess Parker as the "Crazy Texan Pilot" that he chose him for the part.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Dr. Harold Medford identifies the ants as Camponotus vicinus, a species that does not sting its victims.See more »
Quotes:
Jensen:General, I'll make a deal with you. You make me a sergeant in charge of the booze and I'll enlist. Make me a sergeant in charge of the booze! Make me a sergeant in charge of the booze!See more »
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31 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Mutant ants go on the attack., 4 August 2000
Author: Michael O'Keefe from Muskogee OK

This movie builds your anxiety to a minor frenzy. I think the old black and white did not hinder this sci-fi drama that still holds up well today. The creepy sound of the desert wind really sets the mood. The other effects seemed pretty darn good to be in a mid 50s movie. Of course the giant mutant ants don't look as scary as they did when I was a kid; but they still provide something to cause a squirm or two.

Mutant ants crawl up from their burrows in the desert of New Mexico. Another product of nuclear testing. They are hungry and are attacking humans as they search out food. Sounds like a movie that would be full of stupid dialog and over acting. Guess again. Understandable, but predictable script with some decent acting. Great example of early sci-fi and can be enjoyed by young and old alike.

The cast includes James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, James Arness, Joan Weldon and a smaller part for Fess Parker.

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