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Them! (1954)

them-placardStarring:
James Whitmore
James Arness
Edmund Gwenn
Joan Weldon

James Whitmore and James Arness have their hands full when atomic testing in New Mexico mutates local ants into gigantic, marauding killers that threaten humankind.

Police Sgt. Ben Petersen (James Whitmore) and his partner find a young girl in shock wandering in the desert and while trying to solve the mystery of what happened to her, they discover something shocking. Giant ants have been mutated by atomic testing and are on a rampage, killing anyone who gets in their path.

Call in the FBI! James Arness plays FBI agent Robert Graham, who along with Dr. Harold Medford (Edmund Gwenn) and Dr. Patricia Medford (Joan Weldon), renowned entomologists, work to destroy the colony and save mankind from the insect invasion. Their mission takes them to the sewers of LA and a final standoff between the Army and the gigantic insects.

Them! is one of the best mutant bug films ever made. With top notch performances by a solid cast, this film is a delight. The special effects, especially the giant ants, are excellent considering when this movie was made. Then, there's that noise, that deliciously suspenseful and creepy sound the ants make. That sound is actually a chorus of bird-voiced treefrogs recorded in their natural habitat in the southeastern United States.

Be sure to look for cameos by Fess Parker, Leonard Nimoy, Dub Taylor, and Richard Deacon.

 

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THEM! - Radiation-mutated ants – 12 feet long and capable of lifting tons – become giant problems for James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, James Arness and all of Los Angeles. "Fascinating to watch. Them! is taut science fiction" (A.H. Weiler, The New York Times). THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS - An A-bomb test in the Arctic awakens a gargantuan prehistoric dinosaur that makes New York City its stomping ground in the movie (from a story by Ray Bradbury and with superb special effects by Ray Harryhausen) that launched a string of Atomic Age creature features. WORLD WITHOUT END - Hugh Marlowe, Rod Taylor and other Mars-mission astronauts skid on a time warp into a post-apocalyptic future Earth marked by fear, mutant monstrosities and a diminishing group of subterranean survivors. Can these wayfarers from the past preserve our world’s future? SATELLITE IN THE SKY - A stalwart crew (and a female reporter stowaway) guides a stratospheric jet rocket ship on the first space flight. The mission also involves another first: the outer-space detonation of the feared tritonium bomb. But mechanical failures threaten to trigger disaster. Strap in for suspense!

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Brand: Warner Home Video
Manufacturer: WarnerBrothers
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  • Factory sealed DVD

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Starring: James Whitmore James Arness Edmund Gwenn Joan Weldon James Whitmore and James Arness have their hands full when atomic testing in New Mexico mutates local ants into gigantic, marauding killers that threaten humankind. Police Sgt. Ben Petersen (James Whitmore) and his partner find a young girl in shock wandering in the desert and while trying to …

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Overall

Summary : Them! is a fun, well made sci-fi classic that is completely re-watchable.

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