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Invasion USA (1952)

Gerald Mohr , Peggie Castle , Alfred E. Green  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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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: #143,053 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Invasion USA" on IMDb

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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A great reissue! May 14, 2002
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A provocative, historically significant classic February 7, 2004
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
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Invasion USA
Good little movie. It reminded me of the Twilight Zone type of movies with its plot twist at the end. It is very different from the typical Scifi end of the world kind of movie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MAC 10
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't get it U.
This is a great old classic,The folks that keep talking about the red scare,are the ones born later.There just was not all of that hype. Read more
Published 7 months ago by J.R.Love
5.0 out of 5 stars Invasion USA
I loved it because during that time period, the red threat was a very real thing, and everyone had to be prepared for the possibility of conflict. Read more
Published 12 months ago by van buren alucard vaughn
5.0 out of 5 stars politicians should watch this movie
this is what all americans should watch and hope it is not our faith. old movie but good point to ponder.
Published 15 months ago by Earl M. Kawaguchi
4.0 out of 5 stars Cold war propaganda or scary vision of the future
It may depend on your politics. But this movie (SPOILER) is a hypnotic vision of a USA that as it falls to the Commies. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Brant
3.0 out of 5 stars Invidious U.S.A.
The Comical Commies are Coming!...or what will happen if Americans don't allow the government to seize tractor factories to make tanks, draft males into the military, and force... Read more
Published on May 6, 2011 by Carolyn Paetow
1.0 out of 5 stars Typical "Red Scare" Flick of the 50's
Typical "Red Scare" movie. Not the best example of the genre [Invasion of the Body Snatchers wins by a landslide], but not the worst either. Read more
Published on November 8, 2010 by MAC2NITE
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it, but I hate at the same time
Here we have a perfect example of 50's paranoia in film form. A bunch of people from different walks of life (a Senator, a rancher, a newscaster, a tractor manufacturer and a... Read more
Published on October 4, 2010 by Nick Denife
4.0 out of 5 stars So Bad that's its Good
This movie is so outrageously campy and shoddy that its actually very funny. Much of the dialog takes place in a bar of all places. Read more
Published on June 19, 2010 by Joe Banks
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad considering...
This cold War film really wasn't all that unbelievable for the time it was produced and distributed, when one takes into consideration the abysmal behavior of Soviet troops in... Read more
Published on March 29, 2010 by Scarvey McCargo
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