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RKO's and Howard Hughes last movie..
Actually this is a relic from the transition of Americas Atomic Age to the Space Age..Nuclear War seemed to be on these peoples minds and no wonder it was made in 1957..The secret to this film is that the guilt ridden screenplay was actually ghosted by Dalton Trumpo who was living in Mexico at the time. The film was shot in Mexico for cheapness as was Kronos.Dalton Trumbo did what he could and needed a Front to make money..RKO ran out of money and the couldn't afford to land on the Moon although this was the Directors plan..Byron Haskins essentially making something from nothing..Sputnik was launched and flying overhead..This film should be remade by Disney/Lucasfilm as Jules Verne (he appears as a character in the movie!) has long lost his copyright and need not be paid dime..
"Mr. President, ...
- Jeff Boston
the power I'm trying to demonstrate can make a paradise of this earth." President Grant replied "Or a wilderness." Of course, late 1800's Barbicane explaining the x-rated power of "Power X" (yes, Power X) is analogous to explaining the power of mid-1900's nuclear bombs as war deterrents. In the early 2000's, Barbicane's words are as if uttered from a seemingly typical indoctrinated college student with horrible debt pushing the horror of chic again socialism, and Grant like someone who understands what socialism wrought in Venezuela (and Cuba, North Korea, Romania, East Germany, the USSR, etc.) and knows it will fail anywhere it's implemented. This film is like "Inherit the Wind" in that you have two awesome actors from years before reduced to two-dimensional speechifying in a flop with cheesy production values.
This parody of 50's sci fi was a riot, very funny. Wait-it was supposed to be serious?
Was Surprised It Was Worth Watching
Not a huge fan of sci-fi,but w/Cotten/Sanders,had to have a look.I say,it was a bit of a surprise,I missed a grad party to stay home to watch it.Ok,cheesy effects,some lame acting,but we're not talking the leads here,only secondary cast.Even they weren't as bad as some claptrap today.Hope the remake is as good as other Verne-related Journey flix,with Rock & Josh,hope Luis,too!
Launch this movie
- Rick Jones
I can't believe George Sanders and Joseph Cotton decided to do this movie. They must have been so in debt, or stoned cold out of their mind to approve this unbeleivable script. This movie should be placed in the space shuttle and dropped off on Mars so no one will ever see this joke of a movie. My rating is 1/8 of a star.
FROM THE EARTH TO BOREDOM
"uncomfortable" cast is an understatement! furtive glances...inappropriate pauses...lumbering plot...clumsy speechifying...borrowed music & sound effects...ugh!!
This is a cheap-looking and dated film and it's a shame it is featured on a Saturday evening when there are so many other, better movies that could be shown. This movie is no classic, not even close.
A Waste of Talent, Money and the Viewer's Time
- H. E. Parmer
Being a lifelong fan of sci-fi films of the 50s and 60s, I'm more than willing to overlook cheesy effects and ridiculous dialog. But this one's strictly for hunger, undoubtedly the worst adaptation of a Verne novel ever to reach the silver screen -- at least until recent years, anyway. Supposedly planned as a big budget production, the demise of its parent studio, RKO, during the filming meant that the movie ended up being shot on a shoestring in Mexico. And brother, does it look it. When the makers ham-handedly misuse the eerie "tonalities" Louis and Bebe Barron created for "Forbidden Planet" as sound effects for their Victorian spaceship, it only underscores the utter shoddiness of this film. The only reason I gave this dreary, cheap and unrelentingly boring movie one-and-a-half stars is its two leads.
well done classic , worthy of restoration
with the greats joseph cotten and george sanders trading verbal barbs, and cottens typically smirky yet smooth subtle superior attitude, and with the early explosive scene of the real demonstration of cottens scientists nineteenth century discovery and industrial implementation of the power which will without question win wars, or potentially propel man to the moon, depending on the political and corporate wind of the time, whereupon witnessing the powerful demonstration of the heretofore unimagined potential of this seemingly monstrous yet vastly in-estimated achievement, the flabber-ghasted sanders, in his unmistakable classic british style, utters the exclamation- "great God forgive you- what have you wrought?! ", surely this film is worthy of further recognition, if not a full restoration. the antibellum timbred soundtrack and the patriotic bent detract overall, but fits with the setting and original spirit of the film. all that aside, a fair restoration will bring out the best qualities of this hidden gem.
a very good movie
it was an excellent movie about mans first venture into Space joseph cotten was great as Victor Barbicane the man who flew to the moon along with george sanders don dubbins and the wonderful actress debra paget i highly recommend this movie