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The Day Mars Invaded Earth (1963)

Unrated | | Sci-Fi | 14 February 1963 (USA)
Martians replace a scientist and his family to pave way for their invasion.

Director:

Maury Dexter

Writer:

Harry Spalding
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kent Taylor ... Dr. David Fielding
Marie Windsor ... Claire Fielding
William Mims William Mims ... Dr. Web Spencer
Betty Beall Betty Beall ... Judi Fielding
Lowell Brown Lowell Brown ... Frank Hazard
Gregg Shank Gregg Shank ... Rocky Fielding
Henrietta Moore Henrietta Moore ... Miss Moore
Troy Melton ... Police Officer
George Riley George Riley ... Cab Driver
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The Martians are actually protecting themselves from US!!. - since the Earth probe landed on their planet they are taking measures to ensure their security by replacing our scientists with doppelgangers who report nothing. A very insightful film that was under-rated and ahead of it's time, with a 1963 vision of a primitive mars rover. Written by fletch

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Strange Invisible Astro-Energy Unleashed Leaves Mankind A Human Shell As It Destroys His Body And Brain!

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Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Dia Em Que Marte Invadiu a Terra See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, California. Two years after this film was made, The City of Beverly Hills purchased the mansion in 1965. It was made into a public park in 1971. Tours are available from 10am to 5pm. Look online for dates and times. See more »

Goofs

372 yards traveled in 6 minutes is not "just under 29 mph". 372 yards in 6 minutes is 2.11 miles per hour; it is a slow walking speed which appears to be the speed that the Mars explorer was moving. (372 yards traveled in 6 minutes = 62 yards per minute = 186 feet per minute = 3.1 feet per second = 2.11 miles per hour) See more »

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Judi Fielding: Daughter tells parents about her new friend Frank. "He's a Bacteriology major at USC."
Claire Fielding: Later when the kids are going to a lecture, Mom is excited and asks: "What's this seminar about?"
Judi Fielding: Enzyme induction in E. coli.
Claire Fielding: Mom quickly loses interest. "Oh."
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tepid, atmospheric shocker
6 December 2000 | by akersbpSee all my reviews

Upon first seeing this film as a youngster, I was frankly disappointed at the lack of a "bear" (to borrow the term used to describe the weekly monster featured in vintage Outer Limits episodes). What kind of monster movie is this, without a monster? They really saved on their budget by having their Martians be invisible--how lame, I thought. But upon seeing it again more recently, I was pleasantly surprised at its subtlety and stylistic nuances. There is a surprising and happy comparison with the Val Lewton/Jacques Tourneur horror films of the 1940's, which stake their appeal on mood, atmosphere, and things the imagination conjures up--as opposed to the old Universal horror films which center on a classic monster. The other comparison would be with some old Outer Limits episodes, which often used a subplot founded on tensions in human relationships (e.g. a troubled husband/wife pair) as a driving force of the story, along with visually rich settings. This film does a similar thing, taking an unusually mature approach to its juvenile subject matter with interesting results. The musical score is effective and classy. In one scene, the wife/mother has to go out and check on a door which is reportedly open when its not supposed to be. This scene (reminiscent of a scene from the original "Cat People") builds tension almost subliminally, with her looking around anxiously, as if someone is there watching. Suddenly she hears footsteps and gets scared. Soon she is fleeing, running down long outdoor landscaped corridors, overwrought. She almost stumbles upon a poolside statue which scares her--even ordinary things become menacing to her in her psychological state. There's nothing hitting the viewer over the head, but rather a careful, slow drawing back of the curtain to reveal what's happening, in a way that builds intrigue and suspense, versus having a boogie man jump out and go "boo!". This zero-budget film has worn a soft spot in the heart of this scifi movie buff for its attention to little things that other offerings neglect. I recommend it to grown-ups nostalgic for the thrill they knew as youngsters watching saturday matinee monster movies, now frustrated because they can no longer suspend their disbelief at the sight of a rubber-suited alien monster as easily as when they were young. Story and characterization are this film's strong suits, and it builds up to a shock end


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