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Invasion (1965)

An alien spaceship crashes near a rural hospital. When the alien is taken to the hospital, a mysterious force field suddenly appears around it.

Director:

Alan Bridges

Writers:

Roger Marshall (screenplay), Robert Holmes (from an original story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Judd ... Mike Vernon
Yôko Tani ... Leader of the Lystrians (as Yoko Tani)
Valerie Gearon Valerie Gearon ... Claire Harland
Lyndon Brook ... Carter
Ric Young ... The Lystrian (as Eric Young)
Tsai Chin ... Nurse Lim
Barrie Ingham ... Major Muncaster
Anthony Sharp ... Blackburn
Glyn Houston ... Police Sergeant Draycott
Ann Castle Ann Castle ... Sister Evans
John Tate John Tate ... Dundy
Jean Lodge Jean Lodge ... Barbara Gough
Ann Martin Ann Martin ... Sister Kelly
Tony Wall Tony Wall ... Ted
Peter Thomas Peter Thomas ... Harry
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An alien spaceship crashes near a rural hospital. When the alien is taken to the hospital, a mysterious force field suddenly appears around it.

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Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Eisvoli apo to diastima See more »

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Production Co:

Merton Park Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Phyllis Spreadbury, who both Roger Marshall and Robert Holmes knew from their stint on Emergency-Ward 10 (1957) (where she was medical adviser), assisted Holmes with his storyline. He submitted this to producer Jack Greenwood, but found himself rejected due to a perceived lack of experience on film screenplays. The storyline was then offered to Marshall but as both men were friends he made sure he cleared this with his old colleague. Holmes agreed, but insisted on Spreadbury's continued involvement. See more »

Goofs

When Mike Vernon returns to the supposedly overheating hospital, his breath is clearly visible as he emerges from the sewer. See more »

Alternate Versions

The print broadcast by Talking Pictures TV in 2018 sees the cover of "The G-String Murders" (the 1941 novel ostensibly written by Gypsy Rose Lee) blurred out when Lloyd shows it to Major Muncaster in the radar truck. See more »

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Very atmospheric British sci-fi that creates mood without special effects
28 January 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

One night in Britain, electronic devices stop working briefly and a strange fog. A man returning from a party hits a strangely dressed man on the road. When he is taken to hospital they find he may not be totally human. With two more aliens on the loose the hospital finds itself under siege inside a force field. The captured alien tells stories of prisoners and a cruel society - however which of the aliens are really the threat?

This is a very simple sci-fi film. To set it in context I watched it with Species 2. Now Species 2 had a huge budget and plenty of special effects, whereas this didn't have any - it's aliens are basically Asian actors and actresses rather than big rubbery effects. The story is very effective and it manages it by never fully playing all it's cards. We're told several stories from the different aliens and it's not right until the end that the truth is revealed. It's not fantastic, but it's a quite good story that gets more dramatic when the hospital is encased in a force field.

The main reason the film succeeds is it's production and direction. The direction draws menace from shadows and innocent everyday items and adds a great tone to the film that special effects wouldn't have done. The production adds to this - the use of music is excellent - for example near the start a military unit is watching a radar screen with dramatic music, when the radar cuts off so does the music - the silence being eerily effective.

The weaknesses are mainly around the aliens - they're not great actors and it shows when they have to do any length of talking. Other than that it's perhaps a little too slow and simplistic for modern audiences.

Overall it's a very atmospheric thriller that makes up in mood what it lacks in special effects.


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