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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lt. Col. Glenn Manning (as Glen Langan)
... Carol Forrest
... Dr. Paul Linstrom
Larry Thor ... Maj. Eric Coulter, MD
... Col. Hallock
... Truck Driver
Russ Bender ... Richard Kingman (as Russell Bender)
... Henry
Jimmy Cross ... Sergeant at Reception Desk
June Jocelyn ... Nurse Wilson
Stanley Lachman ... Lt. Cline
Harry Raybould ... MP at Main Gate
Jean Moorhead ... Woman in Bathtub
Scott Peters ... Sgt. Lee Carter
Myron Cook ... Capt. Thomas
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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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American International Pictures released this in a double feature with Cat Girl (1957). See more »

Goofs

When Manning is on Boulder Dam he puts Carrol down on the north end but after he falls she is on the south end. See more »

Quotes

Manning: I just don't want to grow anymore. I don't want to grow anymore!
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Not as bad as you would think
19 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

Listen, I love MST3K and I love what they did to this movie, but I also love this movie. Not because it's bad, but because it's actually good.

The plot is very similar to THE WOLF MAN, if you think about it. A man tries to do a good deed and is punished for it in a bizarre way. The acting by Glenn Langan is not very bad, it is actually quite good. He reminds me of Jack Nicholson during his frantic rants. Cathy Downs is excellent as Glenn's fiancee. The effects are not too lame, sometimes he is transparent. But doesn't that give this movie charm? My favorite effect is when the giant throws down the giant hypodermic and impales a doctor! It's just something you wouldn't see in any other 1950s movie! And this is a special science-fiction movie that is compelling from start to finish, despite long talking intervals. These are actually quite interesting as well.


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