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The Amazing Colossal Man (1957)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  10 March 1958 (Sweden)
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Lt. Col. Glenn Manning is inadvertently exposed to a plutonium bomb blast at Camp Desert Rock. Though burned over 90% of his body, he survives, and begins to grow in size. As he grows, his ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Langan ...
Lt. Col. Glenn Manning (as Glen Langan)
Cathy Downs ...
William Hudson ...
Larry Thor ...
James Seay ...
Frank Jenks ...
Truck Driver
Russ Bender ...
Richard Kingman (as Russell Bender)
Hank Patterson ...
Jimmy Cross ...
Sergeant at Reception Desk
June Jocelyn ...
Stanley Lachman ...
Lt. Cline
Harry Raybould ...
MP at Main Gate
Jean Moorhead ...
Woman in Bathtub
Scott Peters ...
Sgt. Lee Carter
Myron Cook ...
Capt. Thomas
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Lt. Col. Glenn Manning is inadvertently exposed to a plutonium bomb blast at Camp Desert Rock. Though burned over 90% of his body, he survives, and begins to grow in size. As he grows, his heart and circulatory system fail to keep pace with his growth, and he is gradually losing his mind as a result of reduced blood supply to his brain. He reaches 50 feet tall before his growth is stopped. By this time he has become insane. He escapes and wreaks havoc upon Las Vegas before he is finally stopped. Written by Teresa E. Tutt <tuttt@rpi.edu>

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Growing...! Growing...! Growing...! To a Giant! to a Monster! When will it stop? See more »

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The Colossal Man is never referred to as such in this movie. He's referred to only as Colonel Manning or the Giant. See more »

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When the Sgt. brings Manning his dinner in the tent and Manning takes the platter from him the Sgt. is seen looking at a newspaper but in the next scene he is seen taking the paper out of his pocket and unfolding it. See more »

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[Dr. Lindstrom explains to Carol that Glenn's heart isn't growing as fast as the rest of his body]
Dr. Paul Linstrom: Now, the reason for this is rather technical, Carol, but to give you a simplified layman's explanation, it might be explained that, since the heart is made up of a *single* cell for all practical purposes, instead of millions of cells like the rest of the organs of the body, it's reacting in an entirely different manner to this unknown stimulus or forces behind this whole thing.
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All I Want Is Some Truth!
1 July 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Colonel Glenn Manning's dilemma is something I cannot laugh at. His condition is, inescapably, a metaphor for all variety of bad change life zings you with -- cancer, loss of a bodily function, loss of love. I don't expect most younger viewers to be in tune with this aspect of the film.

There is one completely True and frightening moment that redeems the film for serious viewers. It lifts the movie from a 2 or 3 to at least a 6. (Alone, the scene is a solid 10.) It is the scene in which the colonel awakes from his coma for the first time after the injuries that have changed his life. Alone in a noir-lighted room, 2 o'clock in the morning, he realizes in groggy stages that something is terribly wrong. The scene fades rapidly to black --like a fall down a tunnel to the pit of hell-- on Manning wailing uncontrollably at the top of his lungs.

His reaction is so sudden and convincing it is hard not to be shaken by it. So singular and emotionally affecting is this moment -- in the context not only of this film, but of 1950s mainstream cinema -- that I now think of it as the raison d'etre of the film. Unfortunately, nothing that comes after this moment of Truth amounts to much dramatically. Worth a watch for a few disconnected moments of that rarest of all commodities in life and art, Truth.


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