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?
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This city is under martial law until we annihilate THEM!
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Did You Know?
Warner Brothers initially passed on this picture and expressed little interest. However, when Paramount offered to pick it up, Warners dropped their objection, although they eventually eliminated the 3-D and color aspects. It's hard to understand their little faith in the picture, since The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Ray Harryhausen's first solo effort, had been one of Warner's biggest hits just the year before (1953). See more
The pattern of the patrol car's front seat cover (plaid), first seen when the little girl is placed in the car, is different from what is seen when the same patrol car arrives at the site of the trailer (striped). See more
Dr. Patricia 'Pat' Medford
[Looking at the walls of the gas saturated ant colony
Look. Held together with saliva
Police Sgt. Ben Peterson
Spit's the only thing holding me together!
A 2-3 minute segment following the projection sequence was excised from the film in the mid-50s following a lawsuit from a real-life scientist whose name was used in the story for a fictional explanation of atomic energy effects on ants. The scene was removed from the negative and has not been restored though it has turned up in some collector's prints. See more
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