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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 Larry Thor ... Maj. Eric Coulter, MD
James Seay ... Col. Hallock
Frank Jenks ... Truck Driver
Russ Bender 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>

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Sci-Fi

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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 »

Filming Locations:

Boulder City, Nevada, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Malibu Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

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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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The Amazing Boring Man
14 August 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Amazing Colossal Man (1958)

** (out of 4)

Lt. Glenn Manning (Glenn Langan) is one of many people at a test site for a plutonium bomb when things take a bad turn. A plane crashes near the bomb so Manning runs to try and save the pilot but the bomb ends up going off. He's left with third degree burns but the doctors are shocked when the next day his skin is like brand new. Soon they begin to realize that he's growing at a rapid pace and it's having an effect on his mind.

THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN is one colossal bore. It's easy to see why this film has gained such a huge following but I honestly believe it's due to the posters and promotional stills more than the film itself. Director Bert I. Gordon made a career out of doing these "growth" pictures so there's no question that he was qualified for the material but you have to wonder what the screenwriters were thinking because the film just doesn't have much in it.

Well, to be honest, the screenwriters were probably limited due to the tight budget so this is perhaps why the majority of the film has the colossal man sitting in a bed or under a tent. These scenes just drag out the running time and in the end they're just downright boring. Also boring is the relationship with the fiancé because she basically just stands around asking if there's anything she can do. The film finally picks up some steam during its final act when the giant breaks free in Las Vegas but by the time this happens it's just too late.

The performances are pretty much what you'd expect from a movie like this. The special effects are all pretty lame and it's obvious how they were done. Even for the standards of the era these effects really aren't all that special. THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN is slightly entertaining if you like this genre but there's no question that there's not too much here.


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