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The Space Children (1958)

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

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Bud Brewster
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Tim Gamble
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Richard Shannon ...
Lieutenant Colonel Alan Manley
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Dr. Wahrman
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Eadie Johnson
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Major Thomas
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Security Officer James
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Joe Gamble (as Russell D. Johnson)
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Ken Brewster
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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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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Peggy Webber founded and ran the Rustic Canyon Theatre, featuring illustrious members and co-stars Lee Marvin, James Whitmore, Jocelyn Brando, Bob Denver, and Robert Rockwell. See more »

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The nighttime scenes at the beach obviously were filmed in daylight with a filter. 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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