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It Came from Outer Space (1953)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 5 June 1953 (USA)
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A spaceship from another world crashes in the Arizona desert and only an amateur stargazer and a schoolteacher suspect alien influence when the local townsfolk begin to act strangely.

Director:

Jack Arnold

Writers:

Harry Essex (screenplay), Ray Bradbury (story)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Carlson ... John Putnam
Barbara Rush ... Ellen Fields
Charles Drake ... Sheriff Matt Warren
Joe Sawyer ... Frank Daylon
Russell Johnson ... George
Kathleen Hughes ... Jane
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Storyline

John Putnam is a writer and an amateur stargazer with a new home out in the beautiful Arizona desert, which he enjoys with Ellen Fields, his girlfriend and a local schoolteacher. John is not trusted by the people of the small town near where he lives, certainly not by Sheriff Matt Warren, who feels protective of Ellen, and perhaps something more. One night, John and Ellen see a meteorite crash in the desert. John drags his friend, Pete, out of bed to take him over to the crash site in his helicopter. Once there, John climbs down into the crater. Unfortunately, he does so alone, as Pete and Ellen wait for him. John is the only one who sees the spaceship before a landslide covers it. And John is the only one who catches a glimpse of the hideous thing inside. At first John's story seems mad, until some of the townsfolk begin acting strange - as if they aren't really who they seem to be. Written by J. Spurlin

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Taglines:

THE OUTER SPACE ROCKET SHIP! THE THUNDERING AVALANCHE! (original ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atomic Monster See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The registration number assigned to the helicopter now shows (December 2017) that the helicopter was exported to New Zealand, and its registration decertified, in 1959. In 2010, the registration number N189B was reassigned. It now belongs to a fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft. See more »

Goofs

John Putnam kneels and points out blood on a rock to Sheriff Warren. As he stands, he pushes on the rock and the rock indents. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Putnam: [off-screen] This is Sand Rock, Arizona, of a late evening in early spring. It's a nice town, knowing its past and sure of its future, as it makes ready for the night, and the predictable morning. The desert blankets the earth, cooling, resting for the fight with tomorrow's sun. And in my house near the town, we're also sure of the future. So very sure.
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The credits are at the end rather than at the beginning. They include shots of the characters with the cast names, and the pictures would mean nothing if seen before the film. See more »

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Where it all began...sci-fi that is.
22 August 2002 | by LebowskiT1000See all my reviews

I always find it hard to judge films like this when I wasn't even relatively close to being born when this film first came out and how different films are of today compared to then. You can't really give it an objective review because we've been spoiled with superb, more-contemporary science fictions films. But nonetheless, I try to be as objective as possible and while I watch a film like this I try very hard to keep in mind when this film was made.

With all that said, I'll get on with the film review. I thought the story in this film was pretty interesting and well done. The story really does have some cool things in it, although it is a very simple plot.

The special effects are very light in this film, which shouldn't be that surprising, being made in the early 1950's. But, when they do use them, they're pretty good and somewhat impressive.

The acting in this film is nothing terribly great, but it certainly isn't bad either. The acting is pretty much what you'd expect from a 1950's sci-fi movie, lots of screaming, scared looks and what not. But all in all, there's nothing really to complain about.

I wouldn't recommend this film to everyone, but I would recommend it to anyone that truly loves the sci-fi genre (like myself) or just wants to compare this film to sci-fi films made today. I think it's good to see a film like this so that you can appreciate how far we've come with film making and special effects and all that great stuff. Anyhow, if you do see the film I hope you enjoy it for what it is. Thanks for reading,

-Chris


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