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515 Ratings

The Thing from Another World

United States, 1951


A U.S. Air Force re-supply crew have evidence that an unknown flying object of some kind crashed nearby. They are shocked to discover that the shape of the craft is round — a flying saucer.

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The Thing from Another World Directed by Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks
The movie’s producer, Howard Hawks—who worked on set alongside the credited director, Christian Nyby—left his imprint throughout, not least in the movie’s sly erotic humor.
September 16, 2013
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In its expository first half, the dialogue whips by with the same vocal energy as His Girl Friday, while the leisurely narrative pace and close-quartered scenery recall Rio Bravo. This is quite simply the most dialogue-dense thriller I’ve ever seen, yet also somehow one of the most unhurried…
August 04, 2010
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I saw The Thing from Another World last week at MOMA for the first time in 21 years, and found it even more brilliant and organic than before. This time around, I was struck by how political the film was, and how completely the politics were a function of form. Hawks and his scriptwriters (Charles Lederer and the uncredited Ben Hecht) conceive the movie as a struggle for supremacy between two genres: the fairly new 50s sci-fi genre, and the adventure/action genre that his protagonists improvise.
June 12, 2007
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