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The story begins as military airmen are dispatched to a remote Arctic research station where scientists have detected the crash of a spacecraft. An effort to retrieve the saucer-shaped vehicle fails, but the team returns to the station with the frozen body of its sole occupant. When the extraterrestrial pilot is accidentally thawed, the crew, headed by a tough-talking pilot (Kenneth Tobey), grapples with a massive, chlorophyll-based humanoid (James Arness) thirsty for blood and in no mood for galactic diplomacy.
Hawks takes only a production credit for this low-budget exercise, but his filmmaking style transcends Christian Nyby's nominal direction: rapid-fire, overlapping dialogue, an ensemble of comrades whose professionalism is tempered by wisecracks, and unsentimental female characters (embodied by feisty romantic interest Margaret Sheridan) recall Hawks's signature works, while propelling the plot over any potential gaps in credibility. It's hardly surprising, then, that The Thing from Another World remains among the most influential science fiction movies ever shot, or that it remains exciting entertainment a half century later. --Sam Sutherland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Everybody knows and loves John Carpenter's "The Thing," a tale of a shapeshifting alien horror adapted from a John W. Campbell novella. Read morePublished 11 months ago by E. A Solinas
This is one of those great movies that you can watch over and over again. It is one of the greatest!Published 17 months ago by Brian Doyle
What I was looking forward to was seeing James Arness (Gunsmoke) as The Thing. It's an interesting yarn with scary moments.Published 20 months ago by Scarberian
un film de howard hawks et christian nyby 1951.une expédition scientifique américaine,installée au pôle nord,decouvre un ovni ecrasé sur la calotte... Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2009 by babar54
Just have to put my two cents worth in. I love this movie and don't care what others have to say. I know it's been picked apart for it's aparent statements about the political... Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2008 by Paul Boudreau
If ever there was an example of less is more, this film is it for it lets one's mind, the greatest special effects instrument ever, conjure up the alien more than any computer... Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2006 by William B. Perry
I saw all the wonderful reviews of this "classic" film and decided to go out and buy a copy. Was I dissappointed. Don't let anybody fool you about this film. Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by 2thumbedEbert
This is one movie that really scared me as a kid when I first saw it and still gives me the creeps. I love the actors, dialog, scenery and the story. Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by Frisco Nolan