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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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Storyline

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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Genres:

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Merton Park Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

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 Dr.'s Vernon and Harland, Mr. Carter, and Major Muncaster first notice the hospital's temperature rising, the boom shadow becomes visible across Mr. Carter's back. 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 »

Connections

Featured in Son of Svengoolie: Invasion (1965) (1980) See more »

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Small but perfectly formed
18 March 2003 | by henry-girlingSee all my reviews

This British film is a good example of how intelligence and care can be very adequate substitutes for big budgets and endless CGI. It was made in the sixties but I can watch it again and again while bloated modern sci-fi films are seen and soon forgotten.

It is a low key film and the people in, in the face of something alien, get on with their jobs as best they can. This makes them more like real people than a lot of films do. Each one is fallible and anxious, trying to cope with the unknown. Edward Judd is his usual morose self but is a plausible doctor. Valerie Gearon as another doctor is great. The scene where she is discovered sprawling on the carpet, reading a text book and listening to music makes you warm to her instantly. She was an under used actor in British films.

The plot is simple; a strange man in a rubbery suit is knocked down in the road, taken to hospital and discovered to be an alien. Meanwhile two other aliens are searching for him. And that's it. The atmosphere of suspense is quietly conveyed by the lighting and the black and white photography.

At one point a force field is established around the hospital. There is no CGI to show this but car stops dead and kills the driver, the temperature goes up, the hospital workers react. One believes in that force field without a penny being spent on a special effect. That is good film making. There are many such interesting British films of the fifties and sixties that need re-appraisal and will be worth looking at again when we have tired of over blown under nourishing block busters


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