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This Island Earth (1955)

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Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war.


(as Joseph Newman)


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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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After Dr. Meacham has arrived at the secret lab in Georgia and the scientists are having a dinner, a woman comments on the music playing at the background by saying: "Mozartti on oikein kaunista." This is Finnish and means "The music of Mozart is very beautiful." See more »


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Loved it at age 11; still find it great at 56.
19 May 1999 | by (Huntsville, AL, USA) – See all my reviews

When it came out, I thought this was the most fantastic movie I'd ever seen. It was easy to identify with the lead character and to share his fascination with the technology that the aliens used to capture his attention and recruit his talents. I particularly remember being entranced by the special effects; the use of vivid color was outstanding among sci-fi offerings of the time. 45 years later, it's still my favorite of the era. I enjoy watching the movie on video and recalling the thrill of seeing it on the big screen for the first time.

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