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Conquest of Space (1955)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 20 April 1955 (USA)
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A team of American astronauts leave their space station on the first mission to Mars, but the captain's religious beliefs may get in the way.

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A team of American astronauts leave their space station on the first mission to Mars, but the captain's religious beliefs may get in the way.

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After a dispute over how to depict the surface of Mars, Chesley Bonestell claimed never to have seen the final movie. See more »

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When the spaceship jettisons its tanks upon entering the Martian orbit, the tanks burn up in the planet's atmosphere. In fact, the Martian atmosphere is so thin that there is little friction to so thoroughly destroy an object falling into the atmosphere. See more »

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Narrator: This is a story of tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow, when men have built a station in space, constructed in the form of a great wheel, and set a thousand miles out from the Earth, fixed by gravity, and turning about the world every two hours, serving a double purpose: an observation post in the heavens, and a place where a spaceship can be assembled, and then launched to explore other planets, and the vast universe itself, in the last and greatest adventure of mankind, the ...
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One of the classics of the 50's
21 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

Intended as a follow-up to his previous success DESTINATION MOON, George Pal puts together a visually-impressive rocketship story that is largely successful, if a tad slow. While the first film used science-fiction author Robert Heinlein for its source material, this film uses the works of rocket scientists Willy Ley and Werner Von Braun. The difference between the two beginnings result in a little less characterization, and a little more emphasis on the hardware.

Some of the characters and situations are standard sci-fi fare, but the quality of the execution is remarkably high. Production values are top-notch, and show Pal's touch despite budget limitations. Some stock character relationships (the father/son turmoil, the commander's breakdown) fill in less serviceably, but the honest adventure works, far better than recent 'sci-fi' epics like ARMAGEDDON, which tread the same hackneyed stereotypes and cliches, but without the honest enthusiasm and optimism of the earlier, more innocent time. What results is still a superior product to most of the 50's SF pictures.

I can think of few other films with the stunning, vibrant color of this one--it's rather sad that Hollywood can't do these glowing hues and bright visuals anymore.


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