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From the Earth to the Moon (1958)

In 1868, American inventor Victor Barbicane develops a powerful military explosive that he also uses as fuel for a moon-bound rocket manned by himself and a motley crew.

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Set just after the American civil war, businessman and inventor Victor Barbicane invents a new source of power called Power X. He plans to use it to power rockets, and to show its potential he plans to send a projectile to the moon. Joining him for the trip are his assistant Ben Sharpe, Barbicane's arch-rival Stuyvesant Nicholl, and Nicholl's daughter Virginia. Nicholl believes that Power X goes against the will of God and sabotages the projectile so that they cannot return to earth, setting up a suspenseful finale as they battle to repair the projectile. Written by Anonymous

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Some of the music is actually the "electronic tonalities" created by Louis Barron and Bebe Barron for Forbidden Planet (1956). See more »

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When Nicholl asks that they toast death when drinking their celebratory glass of wine, Barbicane looks askance, telling Nicholl that "his sense of humor leaves a great deal to be desired," but acquiesces, saying reluctantly, and with obvious distaste and puzzlement, "Very well - to death." Yet despite his supposed dismay at Nicholl's morbid toast, Barbicane himself makes sarcastic remarks about death no fewer than four times throughout the voyage: at the start (telling them wryly that in a few minutes they might be dead); while explaining the acceleration tubes ("You'll have just eight seconds to brood over that error - after that you'll be dead"); when Nicholl is eating ("Cheer up - there's a strong possibility that you'll never finish that soup"); and after explaining his now-aborted plans for the sale of Power X ("Actually, we should all be dead already"). See more »

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Morgana: You know, whenever I see you, I get the feeling that Barbicane is up to no good.
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Opening credits are on the pages of a book, with the leads' photos included above the name. See more »

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Electronic Tonalities
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from Forbidden Planet (1956)
composed by Bebe Barron and Louis Barron
heard during the scenes on board the rocket
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A wonderful film that relies on more then 21st century special effects...
27 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

To bad many of the comments here seem to be from jaded action film viewers. They can't seem to appreciate this films many merits including the fact it's a showcase for Cotton's and Sander's enormous talents. Talents to rarely used after their heydays in Hollywood. They both do a marvelous job here, especially Cotton. Yeah, compared to the action packed plot less junk we have today this may seem "slow" in comparison. But there is much more to this film then the gun fights, explosions, and "cool" space battles people seem to require these days. The colorful sets and the acting are a joy to see. And if you look just below the surface you'll find this a refreshing variation on the typical "horrors of atomic energy" films so popular in the 50s.

If you have an open mind and love sci-fi films that dare to be different for their time, you should enjoy this.


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