First Men in the Moon

1964

Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi

3
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 75%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 53%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 4187

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Cast

Martha Hyer as Kate Callender
Peter Finch as Bailiff's Man
Lionel Jeffries as Joseph Cavor
Miles Malleson as Dymchurch Registrar
720p.BLU
804.81 MB
1280*720
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 43 min
P/S 1 / 13

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by jvance-566-20403 6 / 10

It's Harryhausen, and that makes it worth the time.

This adaptation of HG Wells work tries hard but never quite clicks. The actors are very good (Lionel Jeffries is a real hoot)but the lines they're given don't seem to shine with any profundity or emotion, they're just going through the motions.

The science is what it is. Though vastly more accurate than Wells' depiction, it was outdated even in 1964. I was just a 10 year old proto-nerd when it came out but I knew better than to buy it.

But it is Harryhausen's contribution that makes this worth your time. Of course the Dynamation pales in comparison to modern CGI. I'm sure kids would see it as laughable. But for those of us who grew up watching schlocky sci-fi in the 50s and 60s that were filled with poor quality special effects it is simply magnificent.

Reviewed by Quentin X 9 / 10

Magical Retro-Science Fantasy

One of Harryhausen's most undersung productions. This movie is perfect in so many ways, it's a shame the fantastic stop-motion selenites are let down by their mis-matched live action counterparts. The stop-motion is top notch as usual; if there's a disappointment it's that there isn't more of it.

But not fatal to the film. It's one of the Harryhausen films that's very well made on its own terms, and not overly dependent on animation sequences strung together with padding in between.

Nicely complemented by bookend sequences that tie in to the space race.

Loved every minute!

Reviewed by Hitchcoc 7 / 10

We Need to Accept It as Is

This is one of those adaptations of works of authors like Jules Verne, Arthur Conan Doyle, and H. G. Welles. While short on science, it's a fun venture into the stars. Of course, there is a simplistic romance that goes on. The space ship is primitive at best and wouldn't work at all, but we are in the realm of the speculators. This is played tongue in cheek and there are lots of funny bits. But it is a story of courage and effort to find out about the great beyond. There is an interesting confidence in the principle character. These writers weren't accurate scientifically, but they brought joy to the people of the time. Watch this for its colorful presentation of the great stories.

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