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The grand-daddy of all mutant-monster movies, THEM! concerns a colony of A-Bomb-created giant ants that have lurked in the desert unnoticed until the colony begins to divide. When newborn queen ants take flight, the world is in danger--particularly Los Angeles, where a nest establishes itself in the city's largely forgotten storm drains. Edmund Gwynne and Joan Weldon give strong performances as the father-daughter scientific team sent from Washington to investigate, and James Whitmore and James Arness give able support as the action-heros of the piece. Fess Parker is also very effective in a small supporting role.
The real winner in the film, however, is the clever cinematography and sound effects that build tremendous suspense, particularly when investigators must enter the desert ant nest and later track the ants to their Los Angeles lair. These scenes possess a claustrophobic feel not seen again in any sci-fi/horror flick until ALIEN. Without graphic gore but more than a few serious thrills, THEM! is a film the whole family can enjoy.
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"THEM" (1954) is a landmark movie about giant radiation-mutated ants that gets better with age and boasts remarkable, Academy Award-nominated special effects.
Summary: Our story begins in a New Mexico desert with a shocked wandering child, destroyed general store & battered corpse full of enough formic acid to kill 20 men. The search begins to find & destroy these menacing insects. The giant mutated ants are on the move and the climatic battle is in over 700 miles of Los Angeles sewers.
An ALL-STAR cast led by James Whitmore, James Arness and Edmund Gwenn.
Special Features include; Behind the Scenes Archive footage, Montage & Operation on the Giant Ants, & film trailer.
This was the first and probably the best movie featuring the worlds & Hollywoods take on the possible results of radioactive mutation.
"THEM" in a great Black & White Standard version (Original theatrical exhibition) digitally restored presenting a very exceptional picture & sound. This sci-fi classic is worth the price of addmission so get out the popcorn and ENJOY!!
Convincing acting, a creative script, solid dialogue and an eerie musical score contribute to a film that is still viewed today as an intelligent and well made science fiction thriller. The plot of course is fairly well known....destruction and death are occurring in the New Mexico desert and state troopers are amazed to find out that ants mutated by atomic testing have grown to mammoth proportions. James Whitmore & James Arness lead the charge to halt the spread of these beasts and Edmund Gwenn, as dithering entomology expert Dr. Medford, lends his scientific mind to stopping the horror.
Excellent use of both desert and city locations...especially throughout the Los Angelas storm water drains...make this an unnerving and spine tingling adventure. The special effects are a little dated...but it is nearly 50 years ago !!
If you love classic / cult sci-fi....then "THEM" belongs on your shelf !!
While the idea of giant ants may seem silly, the film pulls it off with surprising flair. The ants are certainly a bit dated, but even so, they are just real enough to make the unbelievable believable. There's great suspense built up throughout, culminating in an ant beat-down beneath a major metropolitan city. One of the most famous action scenes in sci-fi film history occurs here when a giant ant crashes through a wall and attacks a ship's radio operator. One of our heroes even goes mano e mano with a giant ant in close-quarters combat when he's cut off from help by a cave-in. If you aren't on the edge of your seat by then, you must be comatose!
James Arness (Marshal Dillon on "Gunsmoke") plays FBI agent and hero Robert Graham. James Whitmore plays New Mexico police officer Ben Peterson, who first uncovers the mystery of the giant ants. Edmund Gwenn is probably best known to fans as Kris Kringle in the seminal holiday film "Miracle on 34th Street". Here, he plays a dottering old scientist who provides info on ants and their behavior.
There are some lighter moments despite the danger posed by the giant ants. Besides fun banter between the characters, Gwenn has an amusing encounter using a military radio, and later, unintentional comedy occurs when scientists mark giant ant sightings on a map using black flags ("Black Flag" is the brand name of a popular insecticide).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just had to get this for our ten year old grandson and he was glued to the screen! I recalled it from my high school days in the 1950's and knew that he would like this B movie... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Technically Proficient
And old 1950's movie about the appears of giant ants in a New Mexico desert. these ants could the destruction of the known world.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Tight script, good acting, solid cast, you'll keep telling yourself over, and over again, it's only a ant, er, B movie. Enjoy!Published 3 days ago by larry estavan
A classic sci-fi right here They did a great job on this old Video I do not understand how they take an old B/W movie and make it so good check it out if you like THEM!!Published 7 days ago by Kenneth J Brower
Great movie from the 50's. In B&W. The "monsters" are not that realistic but at least they could be eliminated by humans. They were vulnerable like humans. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Whitmore was one of the truly Hollywood greats and Gun smoke's James Arness combined to make this a really entertaining movie. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Melvin H. Chapman
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