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Invasion USA


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  • Actors: Gerald Mohr, Peggie Castle, Dan O'Herlihy, Robert Bice, Tom Kennedy
  • Directors: Alfred E. Green
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 7, 2002
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000633TG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,842 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Invasion USA" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Dan O'Herlihy, Gerald Mohr. Actual footage of air battles and bombings is used in this story of an all-out invasion by the evil Reds." 1952/b&w/74 min/NR/fullscreen.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Richard A Linnell on May 14, 2002
Format: DVD
After years of crummy re-issues from video companies, Invasion USA finally receives the respect it deserves with a stunning new DVD "Atomic" edition from Synapse Films and Conelrad (a website devoted to Atomic Culture that, apparently, helped with the special features).
The movie itself is a laugh riot and the print is amazing (finally I can freezeframe the great Gerald Mohr with crystal clarity), but it is the special features that make this disc a must buy.
Where else is one going to find the following on just one DVD: Civil Defense (Scare) Record albums playing as an alternate audio track. This is a nice alternative to self-absorbed actors and directors talking about their favorite shots in a film or what lunch they had on any given day of shooting. The classic 1962 Jack Webb short "Red Nightmare" (in a great new print). The Conelrad 100 (a play on the AFI 100?), an "encyclopedia" of the best "Atomic" Films ever made. This is a great feature and humorously written. If you're like me, you'll find yourself reading all 100! Cast interviews with the surviving stars of the film: While this section is a little rough around the edges, you have to admire the dedication of the producers to round of these aging actors tfor one last comment on Invasion USA. Noel Neill is hilarious (she snipes at the other Lois Lane and compares Invasion USA to Pearl Harbor--the movie!). Dan O'Herlihy is also a riot reading a New York Times pan of Invasion USA that gets his name misspelled!).
All in all a great package. If you are the least bit iterested in campy films or the Cold War, you MUST own this DVD!
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42 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 7, 2004
Format: DVD
Invasion USA is essentially the grand-daddy of all nuclear war movies, a remarkable film released in 1953 that almost certainly proved frightening to movie audiences of that era. Nowadays, the film exudes an aura of campiness and, depending on one's political viewpoint, draws either laughs or respect (and sometimes both). Invasion USA is definitely a Cold Warriors movie, an unforgettable piece of cinematic propaganda that turned its spotlights clearly on the threat of the Red menace. Making liberal use of stock footage from World War II, this movie not only offers a vision of Communist invasion but explains why such an invasion might succeed, thus rallying the American people not to retreat into post-war isolationism and materialism. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance, and this is the message Invasion USA conveyed rather impressively.
I happen to think this movie is brilliant. I was born in 1970, and I knew the fear of nuclear war as a child. For those living in the 1950s, the fear of nuclear was an even more pervasive threat - as was Communism. I still hate Communism with every fiber of my being, and for me personally the Cold War will not end until the number of Communists in the world falls all the way to zero. The generation coming of age today does not truly know the gnawingly pervasive threat of intercontinental nuclear war nor do today's youth remember a world in which the USSR not only existed but cast dark shadows across many parts of the world. To many today, the Red Scare conjures up comical images of a fanatical Joseph McCarthy and the John Birch Society looking for Communists under rocks and park benches.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Surfink on October 9, 2002
Format: DVD
Invasion USA is a delightfully wacked atomic war/red scare quickie, a relatively tame early effort of sleazy exploitation producer Albert Zugsmith (Touch of Evil, High School Confidential, Confessions of an Opium Eater, Incredible Sex Revolution), featuring cinematography by John L. Russell (TV's Thriller, Hitchcock's Psycho); a score by Albert Glasser, Bert I. Gordon's house composer; and LOTS of stock footage. TV reporter Gerald Mohr is getting generally cautious responses to his question about a "universal draft" from a small group of Manhattan bar patrons when a news bulletin reports unidentified aircraft spotted over Alaska. Within minutes, several airfields are nuked, and enemy paratroopers are on American soil; Mohr makes goo-goo eyes with Peggie Castle. Generic Eastern European-accented generals plot strategy on a wall-sized map of the U.S., and the president's back appears on TV to announce that the "enemy" will not win because we're nuking them "three to one"; Mohr and Castle have dinner and coffee and smooch. San Francisco is bombed and invaded, and a Texas cattleman's family drowns in a taxicab when the still-unidentified enemy A-bombs Boulder Dam; the bar patrons discuss possible defensive strategies and order another round. Apparent atomic-movie king William Schallert (best known for playing Patty Duke's father and voice of a thousand TV commercials) shows up as another newscaster, and both Lois Lanes (Noel Neill and Phyllis Coates) have bits. Finally, Manhattan is bombed; taxi drivers and newsboys become guerilla fighters (offscreen); English-speaking commie paratroopers in U.S. uniforms advance on Washington D.C.Read more ›
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