June 17, 2008, 10:32 p.m. CST
Mr. Eko, go to hell.
June 17, 2008, 10:35 p.m. CST
June 17, 2008, 10:36 p.m. CST
Turns out to be way more common that anyone would have thought even a decade ago. The general consensus is that there are plenty on resources on Mars to support a high-tech lifestyle. If I remember,the space-ships were direct steals from 'War of the Worlds'.
June 17, 2008, 10:37 p.m. CST
Great line in the movie, but it struck me that the poster's proclamation makes a funnier subhead... you were one of the lucky ones to see the original subhead, though!
June 17, 2008, 10:37 p.m. CST
June 17, 2008, 11:15 p.m. CST
fuck yeah helper monkey!
June 17, 2008, 11:26 p.m. CST
Thanks for reminding me about it. I remember watching it on Monster Theater on Sundays when I was a kid. A hell of a lot better than Red Planet, of course that's with my childhood sentimentality kicking in.
June 17, 2008, 11:42 p.m. CST
This column rules. Also...what's the deal with the Tom Cruise 25 years thing? If it's legit, it's one of the most bizarre examples of self-congratulation i've ever seen.
June 17, 2008, 11:50 p.m. CST
a whole lotta hippie chicks slid down the Bat pole into the cave!
June 18, 2008, 12:11 a.m. CST
same name as Kurt Russell's character in The Thing. AUSUM
June 18, 2008, 12:18 a.m. CST
by Angry Bald Guy
Ate tube cheese.
June 18, 2008, 12:30 a.m. CST
by Uncle Stan
I last saw this when I was a kid and I remember a scene where the protagonist is watching a recording of a square scientist giving survival tips. Thanks to this film, I have never resorted to drinking my own urine.
June 18, 2008, 12:39 a.m. CST
was my acting coach when i first moved to Los Angeles 6 years ago,learned a lot from him great actor and a great instructor.
June 18, 2008, 1:13 a.m. CST
by half vader
The HD Benjamin Button trailer is out! It's the life story of Orville Redenbacher (injoke)!
June 18, 2008, 1:27 a.m. CST
...although not quite an all time fav. Just curious as to what the link was between this and the other films?
June 18, 2008, 2:18 a.m. CST
by judge dredds fresh undies
It was a little painful to sit through but it was compelling enough for me to want to watch it till the end. And yes Mona does not look at all happy in many segments of the film especially at the begining. I'm pretty sure that monkey would be treated differently were the film made today! The Mr Eko line made me chuckle, worth watching just for that bit if you're a lost fan. I agree the matte paintings are ace, they reminded me of the Lucas arts game 'The Dig' Oh and Friday looks fucking ridiculous in this film, he also made me laugh a lot.
June 18, 2008, 2:28 a.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
oh, Cheetah in the Weissmueller[sp?] Tarzan's was great.<p>True story. My dad had HBo ofr over a decade, Showtime on and off, Cinemax briefly. A year os so after he died, one night i stayed up all night, was tired and burned out but not sleepy the next morning, had the Tv on. The Jason Alexander movie "Dunston Checks In" came on and so I watched it. it was relatively enjoyable in my exhausted and lowered discretion state. however, once it was over I realized "Oh my ghod, I just watched a monkey movie" and immediately made the phone call to cancel my HBO. That's why I've never seen SexAndTheCity or The Sopranos or any of their other post-Larry Sanders/Arliss originals.
June 18, 2008, 3 a.m. CST
Dont we get posters for films like THAT anymore!!! So cool!
June 18, 2008, 3:31 a.m. CST
ya gotta love em. bonus points for adam west though!
June 18, 2008, 3:32 a.m. CST
is better. Very funny screenplay 'Why, I bet you're as light as a heifer, I mean, feather!' and great dance numbers. For what it's worth.
June 18, 2008, 4:35 a.m. CST
For some strange reason.
June 18, 2008, 5:23 a.m. CST
by Det. John Kimble
Well? We're WAITING!
June 18, 2008, 6:53 a.m. CST
Wow was he weird for an old guy. He made up a song for the movie that made him sound goofy.
June 18, 2008, 6:54 a.m. CST
I think I was about 8. I loved it. I remember very clearly the strange "tubers" he found for food. Later he found a hand with a ring on it frozen in the snow, presumably his shipmate. It haunted me in nightmares ala "Deliverance" for months...maybe I was just too young for such imagery. But I really liked the movie way back then. Your review made me nostalgic.
June 18, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST
June 18, 2008, 7:22 a.m. CST
...every few weeks. I will watch it when it's on next time ;)
June 18, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST
LOOKS FUCKING AWESOME! I saw it on the list and was like? Seeing those posters now I must rent.
June 18, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST
Its on Criterion.
June 18, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST
One of my favorites as a kid. Has a lot of heart. The bagpipe scene is wonderful.
June 18, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST
Must have been a re-release, because the newspaper ad featured a mention of Adam "Batman" West. Love the pageboy haircut on "Friday".<p> Could you say this was rethought out as Emeny Mine?
June 18, 2008, 9:07 a.m. CST
I think it suffers mostly from a cheesy title.
June 18, 2008, 9:11 a.m. CST
Glad to see you are expanding your knowledge of great classic movies Quint. This is definitely one of my favorite "classic" sci-fi movies. The story is enveloping and it is done in a manner that it could take place anywhere. It's easy to forget it is taking place on Mars because it could be a struggle at any remote place.
June 18, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST
by Ninja Nerd
As I said yesterday in the TB, I saw RCOM when it came out and several times since on TV. I believe one of the major networks...NBC comes to mind...ran this in primetime around 1970. I thought it was pretty good. Many years later, I read a story by Barry Longyear in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine. It was Enemy Mine, which became the movie. I was struck by the similar situations, with the interesting juxtaposition of the "alien slavers" being humans in the latter movie. If you haven't seen EM, you might check it out and see what I mean. Lastly, I'm loving this series you're doing. I've seen many of these and it's cool to see your take on them. Great work, dude!
June 18, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST
Loved this movie as a kid. I've probably seen it dozens of times. Must see again!
June 18, 2008, 10:22 a.m. CST
Another movie my dad introduced me to
June 18, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST
by Ninja Nerd
Man, sometimes I think I'm the oldest person on AICN. Seeing the "I saw this as a kid" comments makes me feel a lot better! Plus, several of you got the Enemy Mine vibe as I did. This is why I keep coming out here, I guess. Every now and then, a cool TB without children spewing mindless crapola. Everyone...especially Quint, take a bow; you've made my day!
June 18, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST
This movie is cool as hell. I love matte paintings. I don't care if they don't look realistic. There's just something about them that makes me feel good. Also, they had great looking spacesuits back in the day, eh? This suit and the ones used on several of the old "Outer Limits" episodes are my favorites.<p>Now that a couple of talkbackers have mentioned it, this movie does remind me of "Enemy Mine." All I remember about that one was the annoying way Louis Gosset Jr. spoke.
June 18, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST
Before it turned into the All Law and Order All the Time Network. I'm surprised you haven't seen it because of its unbelievable late night TV ubiquity. There was a time there in the early 90's when TNT would show Star Trek: TNG reruns and crazy old sci-fi like this quite a bit late at night. Good times for insomniacs.
June 18, 2008, 1 p.m. CST
by The StarWolf
They used the 'body' of the 50s WAR OF THE WORLDS machines, minus the top-mounted, goose-necked death ray, and with the addition of an underside, crystaline ray weapon. So, similar, yes, but hardly identical.
June 18, 2008, 1 p.m. CST
and you have an idea how often they used to show this movie. I think Ted Turner likes monkeys too.
June 18, 2008, 1:08 p.m. CST
by Darth Macchio
¡El mono del peligro al rescate!!! <p><p><p>I actually got bit by a monkey once. How many of you can say that and not also be lying? Hah! I thought so!
June 18, 2008, 3:17 p.m. CST
good move on this A MOVIE A DAY SERIES! no stupid snarks, just everybody's take on an off-the-wall flick. Keep it going or pass it along!
June 18, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST
I forgot... I was going to mention it in the article, but was anybody else kinda grossed out when he finds that seaweed-like plant and pops open the pods and finds little martian cocktail weenies inside?
June 18, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST
because of a book on the old Batman TV series. It was one of those books that were popular in the mid 90s that give you a brief history of the show and then a synopsis of every episode, triva, etc.<P>I'm not sure if it was mentioned in the history of how Adam West got cast or if someone involved in this movie made an apperance in Batman (beyond West of course), but I remember hearing about it and desperatly wanting to see it<P>I saw it later on I believe TNT (as I too remember Star Trek:TNG followed by goofy Sci-Fi) but might have been Sci-Fi channel or even like WGN or WPIX (for some reason my little town in Kansas carried these channels out of NYC and Chiago BEFORE they were "superstations", had local news and everything) in fact I do think it was probably on WPIX that I saw this, anyways, fun movie<P>as an aside, I've been wondering about a good DVD release of Santa Claus vs. the Martians
"was anybody else kinda grossed out when he finds that seaweed-like plant and pops open the pods and finds little martian cocktail weenies inside?" The weren't cocktail weenies, they were Martian testicles. That aside, it's a most excellent flick.
June 18, 2008, 8:09 p.m. CST
I saw this when it was in theaters too. Pretty cool as I recall and some of my buds always argued over which was better...this or 'Atragon.' Thank'ee kindly for the memories Quint and I guess I'll have to check this out again.
June 18, 2008, 9:17 p.m. CST
by Big Dan
no matter what time of night they come on I have to stay up and watch them to the end.
June 18, 2008, 11:16 p.m. CST
You saw this in a theater? First run? I remember this when I was a kid in the '70's on the old Creature Feature shows. Always has been one of my favorites. There was just something very lonely and desperate, like Castaway without the beard and weight loss and substitute a volleyball for the monkey. Or Enemy Mine and substitute Louis Gossett Jr. for the volleyball. And keep the space slave miners. And have the volleyball get pregnant and give birth to a little turtle without a shell. OK, I'll shut up.
June 19, 2008, 12:04 a.m. CST
by Red Dawn Don
In The Movie Poster That Guy Playing FRIDAY Looks Like...the dad (actor MICHEAL GROSS) from FAMILY TIES. I saw RCOM years ago when I had cable-TV. It was okay. I prefer the silly DICK VAN DYKE movie LT. ROBIN CRUSOE USN (1966). Most likely, because it has the asian lovely NANCY KWAN playing His-Girl-WEDNESDAY. Almost forgot, QUINT wrote: "A lot of the props feel like they were taken directly off of the Star Trek set" Since RCOM came out well before STAR TREK, I think that it should be stated the other way around.
June 19, 2008, 12:14 a.m. CST
Scientifically authentic... so authentic, 24 monkeys were killed while making this film.
June 19, 2008, 7:02 a.m. CST
Monkey? MONKEY?? I'm a gorilla ya CLOWN!!
June 19, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST
I love this movie. I have for like 20 years.
June 19, 2008, 7:45 a.m. CST
Hey, they had a monkey in a space suit too... As we approach to The Planet of the Apes era, it's obvious we'll see monkeys in more and more roles. Hey! You even got one on the Oval Office! XD
June 19, 2008, 8:37 a.m. CST
by Kid Z
...That last one, anyway.
June 19, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST
by Kid Z
..."Angry Red Planet"? That bat-spider thing always scared the shit out of me!
June 19, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST
if you go there you're screwed.
June 21, 2008, 10:29 a.m. CST
I first saw this on BBC2 in 1982 with my dad and at school the next day we talked about it with the teacher who remarked on the burning of rocks for oxygen.I felt superior to her as although she appreciated this film she couldn't understand Tron =>.I waited over 25 years for it to turn up again(they showed it on Sky about a month ago) and now it turns up here,weird ;>...Watching it again was a good experience,Zombie nightmare Adam West!!!!!!.Good stuff,kool posts too,nice 1 everybody.......
July 5, 2008, 11 p.m. CST