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The Space Children (Jun-1958)

Director: Jack Arnold

Writers: Tom Filer; Bernard C. Schoenfeld

Keywords: Sci-Fi

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Raymond Bailey
6-May-1904 15-Apr-1980 Milburn on Beverly Hillbillies
Jackie Coogan
26-Oct-1914 1-Mar-1984 Uncle Fester in The Addams Family
Johnny Crawford
26-Mar-1946   Mark McCain on The Rifleman
Ty Hardin
1-Jan-1930 3-Aug-2017 Bronco
Russell Johnson
10-Nov-1924 16-Jan-2014 The Professor on Gilligan's Island
Larry Pennell
21-Feb-1928 28-Aug-2013 Ted McKeever on Ripcord


Review by Bruce Cook (posted on 20-Jun-2005)

Director Jack Arnold's least-known movie is his best piece of work -- and his own personal favorite, a labor of love. Paramount execs told Arnold to make a second feature for The Colossus of New York, and they didn't care what the story was about, as long as it was science fiction.

So, Arnold did something from the heart, a moving and highly intelligent story whose message is based on Matthew 18:3 (look it up if you're interested). Most reviewers botch the synopsis of the story, so beware of everything you read about it. For example, the alien does not "control" the children. They help the alien voluntarily. It's an important point. Unfortunately, younger viewers between the ages of 15 and 25 often miss the whole point of the film.

Strangely enough, kids and mature adults have less trouble seeing the merits of this little gem. Lose your cynicism and try to see "The Space Children" as a unique attempt to carry an important concept from Jack Arnold's mind to yours. If your mind is open (not to mention your heart), you'll get the message.

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