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About the Movie
From a space wheel 500 miles above the Earth, commander Samuel Merritt (Walter Brooke) and his men (including Eric Fleming and Benson Fong) construct a sleek robot, then receive orders providing their new craft's destination: Mars! But once the spaceship is underway, doubts surface. Merritt questions the audacity of humankind's reach for the heavens. He calls it blasphemy and threatens to destroy the mission. Five-time Oscar. winner George Pal (The War Of The Worlds) produced this adventure rooted in the '50s understanding of space exploration... and heightened by the awareness that no matter how advanced science becomes, human weaknesses remain.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 5
- Fresh: 3
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 4.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Most of the time the pacing is slowed by the talky script.
Fresh: A fascinating relic.
Conquest of Space
Based on Wiley Ley's book and includes the stunning artwork of Chesney Bonestell - and the futuristic space station and winged-rocketship designs of Werner Von Braun, this vintage movie on the USA's foray into space is an excellent example of George Pal's ability to transmit an excellent "cutting edge" book - into a Hollywood quality movie with very good actors, decent script, great props and the latest technology - for it's day. I'd rate it as good - both technically and engrosing - as the classics "Time Machine" and "Forbidden Planet".
Sure the post-WW2 American Hero-esq personnas are present but it also includes a Japanese American as part of the crew - and he is well cast and treated like a valued member of the crew.
Props are first rate. Chesney Bonesell's extremely accurate matte artwork is present and looks excellent as usual. Check out Mars when they are approaching it and be amazed at it's accuracy.
Sit back and enjoy the ride and chuckle at the 1950 vernaculars and "gung-ho" attitudes along with the very human characters in this movie and don't forget the popcorn. 5 stars. GJS
i cant beleve no one has bought this before its great
It has a few faults but the movie is beautiful from a visual aspect and the story is good enough to keep you interested with a satisfying ending.