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The Green Slime (1968)

After destroying a giant asteroid heading towards Earth, a group of scientists unknowingly bring back a strange green substance that soon mutates into a monster.

Director:

Kinji Fukasaku

Writers:

Bill Finger (screenplay) (as William Finger), Ivan Reiner (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Horton ... Commander Jack Rankin
Luciana Paluzzi ... Dr. Lisa Benson
Richard Jaeckel ... Commander Vince Elliott
Bud Widom Bud Widom ... General Jonathan B. Thompson
Ted Gunther Ted Gunther ... Dr. Hans Halvorsen
David Yorston David Yorston ... Lt. Curtis
Robert Dunham Robert Dunham ... Capt. Martin
Gary Randolf Gary Randolf ... Cordier
Jack Morris Jack Morris ... Lt. Morris, Rocket Pilot
Eugene Vince Eugene Vince ... Technician
Don Plante Don Plante ... Technician
Linda Hardisty Linda Hardisty ... Nurse
Richard Hylland Richard Hylland ... Michaels
Kathy Horan Kathy Horan ... Nurse
Ann Ault Ann Ault ... Nurse
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Storyline

A giant asteroid is heading toward Earth so some astronauts disembark from a nearby space station to blow it up. The mission is successful, and they return to the station unknowingly bringing back a gooey green substance that mutates into one-eyed tentacled monsters that feed off electricity. Soon the station is crawling with them, and people are being zapped left and right! Written by Humberto Amador

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Taglines:

Invaders From Beyond The Stars! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | Japan | USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

19 December 1968 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

After the Destruction of Space Station Gamma: Big Military Operation See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (laserdisc)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Japanese language version runs 77 minutes by eliminating the love triangle subplot between the three leads. See more »

Goofs

Although the asteroid Flora appears not to have an atmosphere, both billowing rocket smoke and liquid water are present, indicating air pressure. However, smoke shouldn't billow as shown in the movie when the rockets are used in the airless vacuum space. See more »

Quotes

General Jonathan B. Thompson: Well, this confirms my first guess. The only answer is to blast that thing out of the sky.
Technician: We'll never make it, chief, it's coming too fast.
General Jonathan B. Thompson: We'll just have to move faster.
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Alternate Versions

Although "The Green Slime" was released in the U.S. as a 90 minute version, director Kinji Fukasaku and his editor prepared a much more tightly edited 77 minute version (called "Gamma III: Big Military Space Operation") for release in Japan. This "Japanese" version eliminates the Robert Horton/Richard Jaeckel/Luciana Paluzzi relationship triangle, and is much more "militaristic" in tone. Several scenes are edited differently, additional alternate music cues are used (which are less "sci-fi" sounding than the "Amercian" version), and the rock and roll theme song is omitted entirely (replaced by a military march theme). The ending before the credit roll has additional scenes inserted with Paluzzi and Jaeckel, which change the tone of the ending from optimistic to downbeat. See more »

Connections

Follows The Wild, Wild Planet (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Clock Mystery
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Music Written, Orchestrated and Conducted by John Scott
Bruton Music Ltd
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What fun!
28 November 2001 | by threexfiveSee all my reviews

If you've read the other reviews of this movie, then you already know most of the storyline. What "The Green Slime" really is is lots of fun. Groovy '60's mod clothes, Japanese monsters and miniature sets, way out dance celebration scene, all great stuff. And if you pay enough attention to the big picture, you can't help but think that this influenced "Alien"; people trapped in space, with killer creatures that can't easily be killed. It's just that "Alien" had a better budget and better writers.

I was lucky enough to see this on the big screen, being as that there is only one print in the US. But it would be fun to rent it some rainy weekend afternoon, with plenty of popcorn and the kids.


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