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Them! (1954)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 19 June 1954 (USA)
The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization.

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Complete credited cast:
... Police Sgt. Ben Peterson
... Dr. Harold Medford
... Dr. Patricia Medford
... Robert Graham
... Brig. Gen. Robert O'Brien
... Maj. Kibbee
Chris Drake ... Trooper Ed Blackburn
... The Ellinson Girl
Mary Alan Hokanson ... Mrs. Lodge (as Mary Ann Hokanson)
Don Shelton ... Trooper Capt. Fred Edwards
... Alan Crotty
... Jensen (as Olin Howlin)
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In the New Mexico desert, Police Sgt. Ben Peterson and his partner find a child wandering in the desert and sooner they discover that giant ants are attacking the locals. FBI agent Robert Graham teams up with Ben and with the support of Dr. Harold Medford and his daughter Dr. Patricia 'Pat' Medford, they destroy the colony of ants in the middle of the desert. Dr. Harold Medford explains that the atomic testing in 1945 developed the dangerous mutant ants. But they also discover that two queen ants have flown away to Los Angeles and they are starting a huge colony in the underground of the city. When a mother reports that her two children are missing, the team and the army have a lead to follow. Will they arrive in time to save the children and destroy the colony? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Sci-Fi Classic of the Atomic Age See more »

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Trivia

The viewer never sees more than three giant ants at any one time. That is all that were constructed. See more »

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After killing the first ant with a Thompson Submachine Gun, Sergeant Peterson is seen approaching its body still holding the gun, which has a closed bolt. Sgt. Peterson later cocks the bolt for dramatic effect, but the Thompson fires from an open bolt. A closed bolt after firing means that the gun is out of ammunition, and so cocking it would accomplish nothing unless it were reloaded. See more »

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Alcoholic Ward Patient: [in response to Jensen's shouting] Please! My nerves.
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Highly recommended 50's giant bug film
8 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Them stars James Whitmore as New Mexico Police Sgt. Ben Peterson who discovers a little girl wandering in the desert. He finds her trailer ripped apart and her parents missing. Casts of the strange footprints found at the crime scene are sent to a lab where they catch the attention of father/daughter doctors Medford (Edmund Gwenn and Joan Weldon) who come to New Mexico along with FBI agent Robert Graham (James Arness) to investigate. Dr. Medford has a theory but won't tell Peterson or Graham until he has more proof.

If you are a fan of sci-fi films, Them is one of the four essential sci-fi films of the 1950s along with The Thing, Day the Earth Stood Still, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It's part crime story, part sci-fi, part horror with crisp dialog and it moves along at a brisk pace. Veteran director Gordon Douglas put together a solid cast of actors and the characters are totally believable. The story is interesting and the sets are outstanding.

Them was a box office hit in 1954 and it still holds up today if you can forgive the special effects. Them is a movie where any remake would always pale with the original. Highly recommended.


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