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Them! [DVD] [1954]

Olin Howland , Edmund Gwenn , Gordon Douglas    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Olin Howland, Edmund Gwenn, James Arness, Mary Alan Hokanson, Sandy Descher
  • Directors: Gordon Douglas
  • Writers: George Worthing Yates, Russell S. Hughes, Ted Sherdeman
  • Producers: David Weisbart
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 5 July 2013
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000083EH4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,323 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



An early entry in the 1950s cycle of creature-feature pictures, Them! is the one about hordes of ants mutated to a giant size by the first A-bomb test. An exciting, persuasive exercise in paranoid science fiction, it exhibits an interesting tension between cautious warning about irresponsible tampering with the atom and a Cold War vision of the authorities taking on extraordinary powers to combat a threat to the country.

It begins as an eerie desert mystery, with New Mexico cop James Whitmore investigating disappearances and deaths: a mobile-home and a general store are crushed as if tanks have rolled over them, a shopkeeper is found dead of a huge injection of formic acid, quantities of sugar have been stolen (the film's sole straight-faced joke) and a catatonic little girl is shocked into shrieking "them, them!". FBI agent James Arness takes charge and a plaster-cast of a strange imprint summons a father and daughter investigative team from the Department of Agriculture, cherubic Edmond Gwenn and smart-suited Joan Taylor. Law-enforcement, military and scientific experts deduce the nature of the problem and take swift, decisive action to counteract the danger. Director Gordon Douglas stages several great monster-suspense scenes: a first encounter in a sandstorm, a venture into a poisoned nest, a glimpse of horror at sea, and a finale in the Los Angeles storm drains.

On the DVD: Them! has the wonderful scarlet-lettered, shrieking title on an otherwise sharp-looking black and white print. An amusing newspaper-style menu uses original artwork from the lurid poster to showcase some interesting snippets of test or outtake footage of the big puppet ants in action, and there's a wonderfully overblown terror-trailer.--Kim Newman

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Classic 1950s monster movie. Giant mutant ants, the result of atomic weapons tests in the desert, are cutting a path through to the city of Los Angeles, destroying everything that gets in their way. Among the folks doing their best to combat the insect threat are cop Ben Peterson (James Whitmore), FBI man Robert Graham (James Arness) and a father/daughter team of insect experts, Harold and Patricia (Edmund Gwenn and Joan Weldon).This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.'s standard return policy will apply.This product is expected to play back in DVD Video "play only" devices, and may not play in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives.

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
I first saw this movie when I was very young and the images stayed with me for a long time, especially the atmospheric and climatic assault on the Los Angeles storm drains sequence. Years later, I happened to see it again and it was this viewing that established Them! firmly in my list of all time favourite movies.

So, what's so special about this movie? - I hear you ask. Well, you often hear the term 'classic' being applied to movies of this era and, quite often, they simply don't deserve it. Them! is one of the few movies that qualifies to be called a classic and rightly so. Quite simply, it's one of the best creature movies of the 1950's.

Its basic plot is very simple. Strange things are happening in the desert of New Mexico - a child is found wandering in shock and a general store is ransacked, its owner pumped full of enough formic acid to kill 20 men. Police Sgt Ben Peterson (James Whitmore) and FBI agent Robert Graham (James Arness) are assigned to investigate. But they are at a loss to explain what's going on until the arrival of Dr Medford (Edmund Gwenn) and his daughter Pat (Joan Weldon). What they discover has far reaching consequences. Atomic bomb testing has created a colony of giant mutated ants. And if the queen ant mates and hatches her eggs it could be the end of civilization as we know it!

For a movie made in the 1950's, the effects are surprisingly good. Of course, the focus is on the giant ants and, while today's audiences would probably find them laughable, if you stop to think about it, they really are remarkably effective for the age - I've seen worse giant crawlie effects in far younger movies. And the sound effect for the giant ants - a sort of chirrupy-whistling - is suitably creepy and instantly memorable.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally available! 6 Sep 2003
I grew up in the States watching a Saturday show called 'Creature Double Feature'. My Dad and I would crash in front of the TV for 3-4 hours watching the films he grew up on. I saw everything from 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' and 'Earth vs. the Flying Saucers' to 'The Brain that Wouldn't Die' and 'The Day of the Triffids'. But, by far, the most memorable of any film I saw was 'Them!'.
From the eerie shrieking sounds near a destroyed desert shop (reminiscent of the 'Day of the Triffids', hear 'em before you see 'em), to a small young girl screaming in her hospital bed (Kaiser Sosae!), to the Los Angeles sewer system, this movie stayed with me for for 20+ years.
Yeah, the creatures are a bit static, but they look great and the buildup of suspense (for its time) is fantastic. I remember in specific a woman who gets off her bus on a fog drenched night, hears the eerie noise and know she's being stalked by something, inspiring her to run screaming. Reminds me in a sense of 'Alien' - you know its there, its hungry and its faster than you are.
If you're a true fan of classic sci-fi, you can't afford not to own this film.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Them! On DVD At Last! 1 Mar 2003
When the format first appeared I always hoped this film would be released on DVD and five long years later it's here!. Not only a great example of 1950's Sci-fi nuclear panic/monster movie, but a truly all time great movie, in my humble opinion. The story rips along, there's plenty of suspense and some truly memorable sequences. The mutated ants may in reality be large mechanical puppets, but they were still convincing enough even when I first saw this film on 1970's late night TV. This DVD presents a superb print of this black & white classic, plus the film's trailer, and bonus footage showing special effects/photography set ups.
A great cast, especially James Whitmore's portrayal of the police patrolman, some brilliant, and occasionally humorous, but never spoofy, dialogue, and those superbly evocative Southern US desert landscapes. This film is one the all time sci-fi/horror/fantasy classics. Watch out for a brief early sighting of Leonard Nimoy, playing a US army sergeant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Them "Oh my God" 22 Jan 2003
I first saw this film in local flea pit with my film fanatic mother whilst a small child. It left a life time impression on me. It introduced the shock-horror of the fifties B movies, a love of over the top acting and odd special effects. As for the Ants, who can forget the noise they made and the suspense of the first sighting, I won't, an up turned suger bowl still makes me look over my shoulder. They don't make movies like this now... perhaps just as well, but as an introduction to the fears of the fifties you can't do much better. Nuclear poisoning will get us all in the end!! One of my top 50 films of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Them Are Coming! 24 Feb 2003
A classic movie from the 1950s has finally come to a mass audience thanks to the wonders of DVD. Beautifully filmed and acted, with a rousing music score and eerie sound effects. The story centres around the discovery of giant ants which have evolved from radiation dust from the first atomic bomb explosion at White Sands, Mexico 1945. The ants, although they do look artificial, are menacing enough. There are some great scenes in the film, notably the search in the giant ant nest, the ants on a drifting ship, and the final confrontation beneath the Los Angeles sewers which have to be seen to be believed.
Overall, a must see if you are a fan of the old movies. Even if you havent seen this, give it a try. Picture and sound are quite good considering the film's age. Trailer is good too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great 50's sci-fi
Published 26 days ago by Mark C Enders
4.0 out of 5 stars Them
I remember this film when I was young so I thought I'd check it out to see if it was as good as I remembered it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christine Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Them! [DVD]
One of the classic "giant insect" films of the 50s. I remember seeing this on a late night BBC screening may moons ago. Glad I got it on DVD.
Published 2 months ago by meirion30
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
A very old movie but never the less a great B movie, one of the best to date. Even though there is a resurgence of the genre, this is a classic and well worth a view.
Published 3 months ago by Peter White MA 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Horror
This is one of the better B-movie horror/sci-fi movies of the 50s. A black and white classic, it manages to keep a sense of forboding and urgency about it.
Published 5 months ago by Fleur
4.0 out of 5 stars Master piece of the 50s.
The special effects for that time fantastic. Also liked the build up the tension before we seen the ants. The movie moved along at a quick pace. Read more
Published 5 months ago by shona yemm
5.0 out of 5 stars 50's classic
wanted to rewatch this after many years. loved it despite its many flaws which actually made it a real hoot!
Published 6 months ago by j edgar lloyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Science Fiction Movie
The DVD arrived in time, in good condition and, despite the fact that the blurb on the box was not in English, but in Dutch and French, and the actual disc had French on it, was in... Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. J. M. Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but packaging of dvd is disappointing in the way it is done
The DVD is fine, however the cover is not in English!. The film is what I wanted and this is o.k. The other bits including the additional footage are rather over the top... Read more
Published 6 months ago by septemus
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites
A great black and white sci-fi film. Seven though its in black and white don't discount it as for its time it does have some good production values and would have been quite a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robert David Freeman
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