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      Conquest of Space

      Released Apr 20, 1955 1h 20m Sci-Fi List
      50% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 28% Audience Score 500+ Ratings A captain (Walter Brooke), his son (Eric Fleming), a sergeant (Mickey Shaughnessy) and crew take off from a space station in a rocketship for Mars. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Variety Staff Variety Most of the time the pacing is slowed by the talky script. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review David Pirie Time Out A fascinating relic. Feb 9, 2006 Full Review André Bazin L'Obs (France) It unfortunately confirms ten times over what I have written in the past about science-fiction movies: Hollywood's repeated failures in this field ironically derive from the most realizable and least expensive element, the screenplay. Dec 8, 2021 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Aug 5, 2005 Full Review David Cornelius eFilmCritic.com Despite the occasional sour note, it manages to zing along quite fine. Rated: 3/5 Feb 2, 2005 Full Review Steve Crum Kansas City Kansan Conquest, no; a lot of Space, yes Rated: 1/5 Oct 19, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Overall, carrying a few likeable aspects, such as the creativity and futuristic concepts in the world of sci-fi and space, you can't help but admire what the Conquest of Space is. The premise is simple, and the film introduces its characters before delivering a plot that goes from one issue to the next. While not overly exciting and memorable due to the dialogue, which consists of characters being either over the top or complaining a lot, for the year it was made, the creativity and concept of the future are something to enjoy. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Unlikely in all respects: the goofy cast, the imitation WWII banter, the silly science, the plot, the ...wait, is that Phil Foster on Mars? Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member When I first saw this as a 14 year old in 1965 on the big screen 'Conquest of Space' totally blew my mind. Returning today and viewing this rushed collaboration after Bryan Haskin & George Pal's epic 'War of the Worlds' it's pretty easy to see why this effort tanked at the box office and finished off the career of Pal at Paramount. While the intentions are admirable - examining what is the nature of mankind's existence in the cosmos - the dialogue is welded like a sledgehammer while the militarization of otherworldly travel reduces this to more or less 'Stalag 13' in space. Seen today, the effects run wildly from some truly beautiful moments such as a deep-space burial to obvious models on strings trailing smoke while encountering a rogue meteor. Beyond the erratic special effects - and an exciting soundtrack - this was the second worse effort by George Pal next to his later 'Atlantis: The Lost Continent'. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review bill t Certainly interesting movie about a group of astronauts suddenly chosen to go to Mars. However when they get there, the usual happens, eg astronaut gets killed, crewmember goes nuts, and yes, they get stuck! Nothing REALLY interesting happens on Mars, it's just there, no aliens or anything, so you're just waiting for something to happen. It never does. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A serious exploration of a manned mission to Mars; it rises above the genre conventions of its time and delivers a compelling (if contracted) character study. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review keith m One of the first sic-fi movies I ever watched growing up. Based on artist Chesley Bonestell's work who I greatly admired. What a great movie for a kid growing up during the space race! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

      Cast & Crew

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A captain (Walter Brooke), his son (Eric Fleming), a sergeant (Mickey Shaughnessy) and crew take off from a space station in a rocketship for Mars.
      Director
      Byron Haskin
      Distributor
      Paramount Pictures
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 20, 1955, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 1, 2013
      Runtime
      1h 20m
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