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The Amazing Colossal Man (1957)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 10 March 1958 (Sweden)
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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Lt. Col. Glenn Manning (as Glen Langan)
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Larry Thor ...
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Truck Driver
Russ Bender ...
Richard Kingman (as Russell Bender)
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Jimmy Cross ...
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June Jocelyn ...
Stanley Lachman ...
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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 Amazing Nth Man  »

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American International Pictures released this in a double feature with Cat Girl (1957). See more »

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When Manning is on Boulder Dam he puts Carrol down on the north end but after he falls she is on the south end. See more »

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Henry: [tosses bottle after seeing the Colossal Man] Not another drop! Not another drop as long as I live!
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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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