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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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Invaders From Beyond The Stars! See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The UNSC headquarters on Earth shown near the beginning of the film is called "Lowry Field" in the foreground subtitle. In real life "Lowry Field" was located in Denver, Colorado and was better known as Lowry Air Force Base. Science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein also used Lowry Field as a rocket base in his novel "The Man Who Sold the Moon," which may be where the script writer for The Green Slime got the idea. In real life, Lowry Field/Air Force Base was an airfield, a base for ICBMs and a military and naval intelligence analysis center. Lowry AFB was mostly closed beginning in the late 1990s (except for a DFAS building serving veterans and service people at Buckley AFB) and has since almost entirely become a "planned community" featuring mostly upscale single family homes and condominiums. See more »

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Captain Martin wears a helmet that covers both of his ears. When he answers the phone, he holds the handset up to his cheek where he couldn't possibly hear the other party. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Hans Halvorsen: But it proves out: this creature lives on energy, and discharges energy! That would explain its ability to electrocute Michaels! One cell, one microscopic speck left on a space suit, and it would absorb all the energy it could find.
Commander Jack Rankin: Wait a minute -- are you telling me that this thing "reproduced" itself inside the decontamination chamber? And, as we stepped up the current, it just... it just GREW?
Dr. Hans Halvorsen: Precisely! And they could be reproducing on any part of this station, where even a drop of this ...
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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Green Slime (1988) See more »

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"You'll believe it when you're dead!"
23 April 2007 | by fung0See all my reviews

Why scoff at a film's limitations? Personally, I prefer to see through to its heart. And at the heart of Green Slime is one of the truly great sci-fi space operas.

The storyline distills so much of the best B-grade sci-fi: The plummeting asteroid. The mission to save the planet. The creeping menace, overwhelming the space station, killing everything in its path. The tight-lipped hero, his jealous buddy, and the sexy (but brilliant) babe. The Great Sacrifice at the end... (And don't forget that rousing rock-n-roll theme song!) This is the stuff of great sci-fi. In fact, aside from the Japanese-style production, Green Slime isn't all that different from an episode of Star Trek... except maybe that the science is way more credible.

It all seems like cliché, but if you think about it, cliché is something that's been done to death... and with Space Opera, we've never actually had that much of it. (Commander Cody; Rocky Jones... all much worse films than this.) So when a film like Green Slime dares to dish up a huge helping, all I can say is: bring it on!

Is it hammy? Are the special effects cheap? Sure. So what? The actors are all third-raters, but they do their best. Are their tongues in their cheeks? I don't know, but if they are, it's done with amazing subtlety. They all LOOK terrifically serious, and that's how they deserve to be taken. If there's a self-parody here, it's a very crafty one. (But somehow I don't think so.) If anything, the tone reminds me of the wide-eyed early sci-fi of Amazing and the other pulps... it takes us back back to a time when adventure was accepted uncritically, before bone-headed cynicism somehow became "cool."

Perhaps if the cast WERE Japanese, this film would have a cult attached to it. Maybe we shrewd Occidentals are just too clever to accept the wildness of a Godzilla movie transplanted into our own cultural context. If so, too bad for us.


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