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This Island Earth (1955)

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Two mortals trapped in outer space... challenging the unearthly furies of an outlaw planet gone mad! See more »


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Release Date:

1 June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bloodlust in Outer Space  »

Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The wooden crates used to deliver the "interociter" parts were themselves reused in Imitation of Life (1959). In a scene where Susan Kohner is beaten by Troy Donahue she slumps on a crate in an alley. On the top of the crate is stenciled "Ryberg Electronics", the company featured in this film. See more »


When the space ship returns from Metaluna, Exeter tells Cal and Ruth to get in the airplane because they were in the Earth's atmosphere. The next scene shows they were obviously well outside the atmosphere. See more »


Dr. Cal Meacham: Where am I?
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A Space Movie That Boldly Went Where Others Haven't--Unfortunately!
4 February 2004 | by (Rockport, Texas) – See all my reviews

Pulp science fiction created an aura of awe and excitement that is rarely equaled in these current days of sci-fi movie "actioners". Gone are the opportunities to see alien species and their homelands depicted in "wonderous Technicolor". Instead, we are routinely preached to by screenwriters determined to warn us, ad nauseum, of man's follies and the impending disasters always depicted as a forgone result. Yes, now we get chiseled heroes, and heroines, too, who are usually engaged in single-handedly shooting up the screen with loud twentieth century-derived weapons. Where is the fun in these stereotypical, shoot-em-up extravaganzas?

"This Island Earth"("TIE") with (for its time, remember)jaw-dropping visuals, big, truly alien world realizations and theme of inter-solar system war, hasn't been matched since its debut almost fifty years ago! For a plot that catapults you half way around the universe with one beautifully realized set after another and an epic-sized stage on which to play out its themes, perhaps only "Forbidden Planet" ever matched up.

The sounds, the visuals and the story line of "TIE" weren't intended to chastise you as a stupid earthling, but instead, have long served to take the willing on an adventure ride that all too few space movies have chosen to create. Until Hollywood chooses to really explore the universe you ought to have your own copy of "This Island Earth", in order to frequently remind yourself of what we should all be seeing much more often: space movies that enthrall!

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