Them!

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Them! Overview

Nuclear tests in the desert result in the growth of gigantic mutant ants who menace cities in the American south-west as a team of investigators and the army search for a way to control their spread in this Cold War-era monster film.

Who Stars in Them!

James Whitmore
Sgt. Ben Peterson

James Whitmore

James Arness
FBI Agent Robert Graham

James Arness

Joan Weldon
Dr. Pat Medford

Joan Weldon

Edmund Gwenn
Dr. Harold Medford

Edmund Gwenn

Onslow Stevens
Brig. Gen. Robert O'Brien

Onslow Stevens

Sean McClory
Maj. Kibbee

Sean McClory


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Review for Them!

Author: John Chard

Often imitated, rarely bettered. Weird deaths are occurring in the New Mexico desert, it is revealed to be the work of giant mutated ants born out of the A Bomb tests that took place there. Trouble escalates to the big city of Los Angeles when one of the giant queen ants escapes to L.A. and starts laying eggs that could lead to the end of mankind as we know it. This is a cautionary tale about scientific tampering fused with a Cold War theme of destroying a threat to the country. Boasting some wonderful scenes such as the first desert encounter (cloaked in a sandstorm) and the final underground battle, Them! is a truly enjoyable viewing experience that oozes the right amount of paranoia that became ever more prominent as the nuclear age grew. The puppetry and special effects on show is of a very high standard for the time (well done Academy Award Nominee Ralph Ayres), and the direction from Gordon Douglas is one of the better efforts in the genre. The tight story vanquishes any gripes about the plausibility factor, while the acting is, perhaps given the type of piece it is, of a surprisingly good standard. With James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, and Joan Weldon giving it a bit of oopmh. Them! went on to become Warner Brothers highest grossing film in 1954, it's really not hard to see why. Because Them! firmly stands up as one of the best films of a sadly much maligned genre. 8/10


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Warner Bros. Pictures


Facts

Status
Released

Release Date
1954-06-16

Original Language
English

Runtime
1 hr 34 mins

Budget
$ 23,000,000.00 (Estimated)

Genres
Science Fiction Mystery Horror

Keywords
monster new mexico radiation fbi atomic bomb mutation ant army giant insect giant monster desert fbi agent giant ant animal horror


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