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The Amazing Colossal Man (1957)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 10 March 1958 (Sweden)
A military officer survives a nuclear blast, only to begin to uncontrollably grow into an increasingly unstable giant.

Director:

Bert I. Gordon

Writers:

Mark Hanna (screenplay), Bert I. Gordon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Langan ... Lt. Col. Glenn Manning (as Glen Langan)
Cathy Downs ... Carol Forrest
William Hudson ... Dr. Paul Linstrom
Larry Thor ... Maj. Eric Coulter, MD
James Seay ... Col. Hallock
Frank Jenks ... Truck Driver
Russ Bender ... Richard Kingman (as Russell Bender)
Hank Patterson ... Henry
Jimmy Cross Jimmy Cross ... Sergeant at Reception Desk
June Jocelyn June Jocelyn ... Nurse Wilson
Stanley Lachman Stanley Lachman ... Lt. Cline
Harry Raybould Harry Raybould ... MP at Main Gate
Jean Moorhead Jean Moorhead ... Woman in Bathtub
Scott Peters Scott Peters ... Sgt. Lee Carter
Myron Cook Myron Cook ... Capt. Thomas
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Storyline

Lt. Col. Glenn Manning is inadvertently exposed to a plutonium bomb blast at Camp Desert Rock. Though burned over 90% of his body, he survives, and begins to grow in size. As he grows, his heart and circulatory system fail to keep pace with his growth, and he is gradually losing his mind as a result of reduced blood supply to his brain. He reaches 50 feet tall before his growth is stopped. By this time he has become insane. He escapes and wreaks havoc upon Las Vegas before he is finally stopped. Written by Teresa E. Tutt <tuttt@rpi.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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NEVER SINCE "KING KONG" SUCH A MIGHTY MOTION PICTURE! See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

American International Pictures released this in a double feature with Cat Girl (1957). See more »

Goofs

When the Colossal Man is rampaging along the strip, four cops standing by two police cars fire at him but when the giant tears the cowboy from atop the Pioneer Club and throws it at them, the cars are gone and there is a crowd of people around the cops. See more »

Quotes

[Dr. Lindstrom explains to Carol that Glenn's heart isn't growing as fast as the rest of his body]
Dr. Paul Linstrom: Now, the reason for this is rather technical, Carol, but to give you a simplified layman's explanation, it might be explained that, since the heart is made up of a *single* cell for all practical purposes, instead of millions of cells like the rest of the organs of the body, it's reacting in an entirely different manner to this unknown stimulus or forces behind this whole thing.
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Connections

Spoofed in Robot Chicken: Nutcracker Sweet (2005) See more »

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What single sin has Bert I Gordon committed?
28 November 2000 | by InzyWimzySee all my reviews

Actually, I have seen this on and off, but watching it again in its entirety actually was a good thing. This is rare when describing Gordon's works.

Glenn Manning is the unfortunate guy who gets the full blast of a plutonium bomb. Poor guy is real mad about growing every day and being treated like a freak (hey, who doesn't). Although the effects are pure de Monsieur Gordon, it does work well with the film (I was cracking up with the big syringe). Glenn's rants and angina attacks do create some sympathy, but man, his girl sure stood by his side!! Some parts do tend to drag, there are lots of dimly lit hallways perfect for subterfuge and the miniature knick knacks were classic!

Um, there's a sequel?? Can I change my vote?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1958 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Amazing Nth Man See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Malibu Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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