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While driving through the desert with his wife Carol Marvin to a military base to send the eleventh rocket into Earth orbit to assist the exploration of outer space in Operation Sky Hook, Dr. Russell A. Marvin and Carol see a flying saucer and accidentally records a message on their tape recorder. Once in the base, Dr. Russell is informed by his father-in-law and general that the ten first satellites mysteriously fell back to Earth. When Dr. Russell decodes the message, he encounters the aliens, who ask him to schedule a meeting with the leaders of Earth in Washington in 56 days in order to invade Earth without panicking the population. Dr. Russell develops an anti-magnetic weapon that becomes the last hope of the human race against the hostile aliens.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When Carol Marvin is invited to test the alien language translator, she recites "The quality of mercy is not strained/It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven" into the microphone. Although someone identifies the source as Shakespeare a moment later, the play is not named. The lines are from "The Merchant of Venice," Act IV, scene 1. It is the beginning of Portia's most famous speech in the play, speaking to the plaintiff, Shylock, while she is disguised as a "young male doctor of law" named Balthazar. See more »
The animated diagram, shown to the audience whilst Russell is dictating his memo, depicts satellites in circular orbit at different altitudes with the same period, which is impossible. See more »
My father! What have you done to him?
You're addressing General Hanley's mind, not General Hanley.
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There are no dull frames in this remarkable saucer invasion film set directly in the center of the fifties. Harryhausen met the challenge of animating flying machines. Sure enough, they whiz, spin, even wobble when need be. Saucers even have a protruding ray-gun device. The action begins during the credits and never lets up. Admittedly, it's fifties. But it was impressive enough to heavily influence Tim Burton's Mars Attacks. You can't miss the references. Film is packed with clever and creative touches such as the tape recording including aliens speaking at a speed natural for them, but not for us on Earth. If you are not terribly put off by 50's, black and white, and (god forbid) stop motion, you can't go wrong with this quintessential sci-fi extravaganza.
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