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Director:
Writers:
H.G. Wells (novel)
Alan Caillou (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 October 1965 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's the teen scene you've never seen! (1985 VHS release) It's the teen scene you've never seen! See more »
Plot:
Delinquent teen-agers ingest a substance and grow thirty feet tall, then proceed to take over a small town. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Very funny movie, but is it really a "village?" See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tommy Kirk ... Mike

Johnny Crawford ... Horsey

Beau Bridges ... Fred

Joy Harmon ... Merrie
Robert Random ... Rick (as Bob Random)
Gail Gilmore ... Elsa
Tisha Sterling ... Jean
Tim Rooney ... Pete
Kevin O'Neal ... Harry
Charla Doherty ... Nancy

Toni Basil ... Red

Ron Howard ... Genius (as Ronny Howard)
The Beau Brummels ... Themselves / Singers
Ron Elliott ... Himself (as The Beau Brummels)
Ron Meagher ... Himself (as The Beau Brummels)
Declan Mulligan ... Himself (as The Beau Brummels)
John Peterson ... Himself (as The Beau Brummels)
Sal Valentino ... Himself (as The Beau Brummels)
Freddy Cannon ... Singer
Mike Clifford ... Singer

Hank Jones ... Chuck
Jim Begg ... Fatso
Debi Storm ... Cora

Rance Howard ... Deputy
Vicki London ... Georgette

Joe Turkel ... Sheriff (as Joseph Turkel)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Orangey ... Giant Cat (uncredited)
Christopher Riordan ... Go-Go Dancer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Bert I. Gordon 
 
Writing credits
H.G. Wells (novel "The Food of the Gods")

Alan Caillou (screenplay)

Bert I. Gordon (screen story)

Produced by
Bert I. Gordon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jack Nitzsche 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Vogel (director of photography) (as Paul C. Vogel)
 
Film Editing by
John A. Bushelman  (as John Bushelman)
 
Art Direction by
Franz Bachelin 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton  (as Bob Benton)
 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair styles supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Frank Caffey .... production manager
Curtis Mick .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James A. Rosenberger .... assistant director (as Jim Rosenberger)
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ross Wheat .... special prop constructor
 
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound recordist (as John Carter)
Arthur Cornell .... sound effects (as Jack Cornall)
Charles Grenzbach .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Herman E. Townsley .... special effects (as Herman Townsley)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Bert I. Gordon .... special visual effects
Flora M. Gordon .... special visual effects (as Flora Gordon)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Morris .... camera operator (as Tom Morris)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leah Rhodes .... costumer
 
Music Department
Jack Nitzsche .... conductor
Charles Paley .... music editor
 
Other crew
Toni Basil .... choreographer
Joseph E. Levine .... presenter
Marvin Paige .... talent coordinator
Dorothy Yutzi .... script supervisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
81 min
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Color:
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
The fountain that Freddy Cannon sings in front of is the same one seen in the opening of "Friends" (1994).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: After the fallen Fred is tied to the back of the red convertible, it loses its bumper and rear chassis prematurely as crew members yank it off before the car even so much as lurches forward.See more »
Quotes:
Genius:[about the chemicals he's mixed] They're not compatible. This is supposed to blow up. I wonder why it doesn't?
Nancy:You and I aren't going to be very compatible either, Genius, if you don't get out of here.
Genius:I wonder what you see in her.
Mike:I don't know either. But, uh, whatever it is, I like it.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Giants (1996) (V)See more »
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Very funny movie, but is it really a "village?", 8 January 2001
Author: Mr. Pulse from Syracuse, NY

Bert I. Gordon's "Village of the Giants" is a humorously poor version of the "big thing make boom" movies in which a small group (Maybe 6, hardly a full village) of teens take a formula that makes them grow really big, talk really slow, and move like they are dying one breath at a time. It's all rather silly, and quite funny if you're up for this kind of movie. Of course, it's not funny in the way Gordon intended. Was it ever?

Tommy Kirk, also of the classic "Mars Needs Women" is fooling around with his lady friend in the start of the film, when Ronny Howard (Still with a full head o' hair, and answering to the modest name "Genius") creates a formula that makes things grow. When the no-good drifter teens get their hands on it, they cause some real trouble, and it's up to Tommy and Ronny to stop the chaosy.

The best scene is the first in which the teens appear before the town. They show up at an outdoor barbecue, and everyone is afraid, but really, not so afraid that they run away or anything, they just kind of look up and gasp a lot. So then the giants are making threats, and Tommy, in a fit of rage and large hair, picks up a chair (That just happened to be sitting around outside in a park) and breaks it over the giants legs (They pretend, use your imagination). He goes "Ow!" and then backfists Tommy who gets whalloped. Very nicely done.

The whole film takes place in a vacuum. No one seems to be much surprised or worried by the giants ducks that show up out of nowhere in the Whiskey A Go-Go and start dancing. They just kind of go along with it. Nor is anyone interested in calling the government in when the teens take over the town. They just sort of go with it. And really when these giants move as slow as they do, why would anyone be afraid of them? You can always outrun them, or if they try something, take two steps to the left. Bert I. Gordon, if you'll pardon the expression, just wasn't thinking "big" enough in this movie to really deal with the consequences of his ideas. The end is so banal and rather anti-climactic, especially for what is essentially a monster movie.

All in all, "Village of the Giants" is low on logic, but high on some good laughs, most at its expense.

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