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The Space Children (1958)

Approved  |   |  Sci-Fi  |  June 1958 (USA)
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An alien intelligence aborts the launching of a rocket with the help of a bunch of children.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Ray ...
Bud Brewster
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Dave Brewster
Peggy Webber ...
Anne Brewster
Johnny Washbrook ...
Tim Gamble
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Hank Johnson
Richard Shannon ...
Lieutenant Colonel Alan Manley
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Sandy Descher ...
Eadie Johnson
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Major Thomas
Peter Baldwin ...
Security Officer James
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Sentry (as Ty Hungerford)
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Joe Gamble (as Russell D. Johnson)
David Bair ...
Saul Wahrman
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Ken Brewster
Eilene Janssen ...
Phyllis Manley
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A glowing brain-like creature arrives on a beach near a rocket test site via a teleportation beam. The alien communicates telepathically with the children of scientists. The kids start doing the alien's bidding as the adults try to find out what's happening to their unruly offspring. Written by Scott Blacksher

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Slowly...and with horror the parents realized THEIR CHILDREN WERE THE SLAVES OF 'THE THING' FROM OUTER SPACE!

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Avaruuden kosto  »

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Star Peggy Webber is the founder and executive director/producer of the California Artists Radio Theatre, as well as a veteran actress of radio and television. See more »

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Whenever the 'lightning' effect occurs as the holy blob uses his power, the shadows of both objects and people show up on the 'sky' and background elements revealing them to be back-drops in a studio. See more »

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Not Arnold's best, but still a classic
9 April 1999 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

While not Arnold's best film, IMHO (I find it a bit preachy and badly hampered by the rubbery silliness of the Big Alien Brain), this is still a memorable film. Though set in a beachfront area it happens mostly at night, using Arnold's typically haunting black-and-white compositions to set an appropriate tone of strangeness and isolation. The children, alienated from their preoccupied and overworked parents, are almost adopted by the space creature, which takes them under its protection (a drunken and abusive father is disposed of soon after the brain's arrival) even as it enlists them in its pacifist mission. At first fairly typical kids, they quickly develop an air of gravity and wisdom that remains after the alien departs, suggesting a lasting, even evolutionary effect. The film's title is perfect: the kids do become Space Children, more in tune with alien than human thought.


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