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It Came from Outer Space (1953)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: May 21, 2002

Budget USD 800,000

Running Time
1 hour, 21 minutes

Country USA

Studio Universal

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Other Titles
• It Came from Outer Space
• Atomic Monster (1952)
• Gefahr aus dem Weltall (1953)
• The Meteor (1952)
• Strangers from Outer Space (1952)

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Genre: Sci-Fi, Aliens, Suspense, Space

Tagline: Amazing Sights Leap at You in 3-DIMENSION

Plot: A meteor crashes in the desert near a small Arizona town, and research scientist John Putnam (Richard Carlson) thinks it's a spaceship, but no one will believe him except his loyal girlfriend, Ellen (Barbara Rush). Weird evidence begins to back up his theory however, from the strange behavior of some of the locals, to the slime trails, the ghostly noises in the phone lines, and the apparitions of hideous alien eyes swooping down on passing cars. Director Jack Arnold (CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON) lets the story unfold deliberately, and infuses the desert locale with all the unearthly mystery of an alien landscape, helping to make this one of the best science fiction films of the 1950s. Charles Drake is Matt, the sheriff who first thinks John is a fool with all this flying saucer talk, and who later tries to lead a posse against the aliens when the truth is too blatant to ignore. It's based on a story by Ray Bradbury, with an eerie, theremin score, on which Henry Mancini is an unbilled contributor.

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 Directed by
Jack Arnold
Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Mouse That Roared
 Written by
Ray Bradbury
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Harry Essex
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Barbara Rush
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Richard Carlson
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Charles Drake
The Maltese Falcon, Harvey, Now, Voyager
Joe Sawyer
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Russell Johnson
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Kathleen Hughes
Revenge, The President's Analyst, Where the Sidewalk Ends
Ralph Brooks
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