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H.G. Wells (novel)
Alan Caillou (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 October 1965 (USA) See more »
See... a girl 200"-100"-200" swing a boy 6' small! See more »
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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  (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)

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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81 min
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Iceland:L | UK:PG (video)

Did You Know?

The "Teen Magazine" that Merrie (Joy Harmon) reads was an actual issue of the magazine published in July 1965.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the girl on the motorcycle is driving through and around Fred's legs with the rope, his legs are far too far apart and do not taper in at all (to where his groin would be above), revealing the fact that they are simply two badly placed props.See more »
Merrie:Fred, what's going to happen to us?
Fred:I don't know. As long as it lasts, I guess we'll have to live with it.
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Movie Connections:
References War of the Colossal Beast (1958)See more »
Nothing Can Stand In My WaySee more »


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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Tommy Kirk in another non-Disney "Disney movie" - adjust your expectations accordingly, 6 May 2006
Author: lemon_magic from Wavy Wheat, Nebraska

As mentioned in the summary line, "Village Of The Giants" has many of the elements of the live action Disney comedies of the early 60's: mildly bemused humor with a 'way out' attitude, safely toned down for the kiddies ("The Barefoot Executive"); teen gang dynamics romance, and dancing ("The Monkey's Uncle"); a magical chemical substance that breaks the laws of physics via cheesy process shots ("Flubber"); a juvenile genius ("The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes") and even Tommy Kirk (ex-Mousketeer and juvenile lead from many of the old Disney movies, by then in exile from The Magic Kingdom). My guess is that Bert I. Gordon, who tried his hand at many different genres (including fantasy, horror, and film noir)(all badly) decided to make a Disney film - only slightly hipper (music by the Beau Brummels, blonds in bikinis, drug jokes, etc) racier by 60's standards) and campier.

"Village" is intentionally camp and cheesy, all right. And it's even vaguely funny. Not "ha-ha" funny, but pothead funny - if you were stoned or drunk, you might get a mild chuckle out of the proceedings.

In its favor, "Giants" features some pretty nice eye candy in the form of the blond girl members of the 'bad' teen gang that comes to town to make trouble for "our" wholesome, law abiding teen gang. (This is speaking as a male, of course). They're pretty hot, if you like the Pam Anderson platinum blond go-go dancer type. They also dance real good. And the Beau Brummels contribute a couple of nice, lively pop songs that are much rawer and funkier than anything you would hear in a Disney film from that time.

Against: practically everything else. Beau Bridges eventually matured into a fine actor, but the movie tries to peddle him as a cool guy and a teen idol, which is ridiculous given his mole-like, opaque features, constipated expression and pale, flabby body. He has great hair and complexion, and that's it. Poor Tommy Kirk tries his best to carry the film as the teen 'hero' of the town, but at this point in his career, it was basically over for him. As a result, he tries too way hard and the movie makes him such a goody two shoes that you can't help but cheer when giant Beau backhands him for a loop. The special effects range from barely acceptable (a couple nice shots of the giant kids gathered on a theater stage) to ludicrously bad (the giant mannequin legs that Tommy breaks a chair against). The screenplay is completely brain dead even as it tries to veer from heavy handed irony to action to comedy, managing to be none of those things...not even good camp. I don't want to pick on the supporting cast, though, because the screenplay called for cardboard cutouts to go through the motions and allows none of the 'minor' members of the cast any room for something as evocative as actual 'acting'.

BTW, what was the deal with the red headed go-go dancer? Was it supposed to be sexy when she vibrates all over like a blender set on 'puree'? Was she supposed to be shaking her 'bippy'? It wasn't a go-go dance, it was a muscle control exhibition...!

Wait, stop, take a breath. (Whoofa, whoofa, whoofa. OMMMMMmmmmmm...)

OK, the movie is basically harmless. It's just really stupid, so stupid as to nullify even the 'camp' entertainment value. MST3K covered it in one of their later 'Sci-Fi' channel episodes, which is pretty funny. Go watch that one if you can, or don't. You won't be missing much.

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