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First Men in the Moon (1964)

Approved | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | 20 November 1964 (USA)
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Based on the HG Wells story. The world is delighted when a space craft containing a crew made up of the world's astronauts lands on the moon, they think for the first time. But the delight ... See full summary »



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Based on the HG Wells story. The world is delighted when a space craft containing a crew made up of the world's astronauts lands on the moon, they think for the first time. But the delight turns to shock when the astronauts discover an old British flag and a document declaring that the moon is taken for Queen Victoria proving that the astronauts were not the first men on the moon. On Earth, an investigation team finds the last of the Victorian crew - a now aged Arnold Bedford and he tells them the story of how he and his girlfriend, Katherine Callender, meet up with an inventor, Joseph Cavor, in 1899. Cavor has invented Cavorite, a paste that will allow anything to deflect gravity and he created a sphere that will actually take them to the moon. Taking Arnold and accidentally taking Katherine they fly to the moon where, to their total amazement, they discover a bee-like insect population who take an unhealthy interest in their Earthly visitors... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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H.G. Wells' Astounding Adventure in Dynamation!


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20 November 1964 (USA)  »

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Die erste Fahrt zum Mond  »

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(70 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm prints)


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2.35 : 1
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This is the only one of Ray Harryhausen's films to be shot in anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) due to the difficulty of compositing images in his Dynamation Process. Many of the models had to be sculpted in the "squeezed" dimensions so that when they were photographed with a spherical lens, they would appear in their normal shape in projection. See more »


When Bedford and Cavor follow the tracks of their missing sphere to the zigzag door where, after much difficulty, they enter. They see the tunnels and then we see them continuing on walking through another zigzag door that wasn't there just before. Many zigzag doors of the same design are used throughout the cavern. However, Bedford has no problem prying them apart as he had with the first door. See more »


Joseph Cavor: Gibbs! Gibbs!
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Loved it as a kid, love it now
27 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of Ray Harryhausen's best movies. As big a fan as I am of the Master Animator, one of the things that makes this film great is that it's one of his few films that works just fine without his effects. George Pal could have produced this with the same cast and script but without Harryhausen's (admittedly wonderful) special effects and it would still have been a delight. The acting, humor, production design, and music are all first rate. I am well aware that audiences of a certain age will consider this "cheesy" because it doesn't have the latest in (cheesy) CGI effects, and consequently will miss out on some great entertainment. They have my deepest sympathy.

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