George Pal's now-quaint science fiction odyssey concerns a multi-national group on the first space flight to Mars. Pal pulls out all stops in the special effects department, creating "The Wheel" (a earth-orbiting circular space station), rocket launches into space, and a breathtaking near-collision with an asteroid. The film itself concerns the travails of the crew of the spaceship as they make their way to Mars. General Samuel T. Merritt (Walter Brooke) heads the team. Supporting him and along for the ride are his son, Captain Barney Merritt (Eric Fleming), Sergeant Mahony (Mickey Shaughnessy), Jackie Siegle (Phil Foster), and Imoto (Benson Fong). As the ship gets closer to their Martian quest, General Merritt cracks and tries to sabotage both the mission and the crew, babbling about the blasphemy of mankind trespassing upon God's domain. His son is forced to kill him and save the mission, whereupon the crew peacefully lands on the Martian surface and scouts out the terrain like a group of sightseers at Lourdes before returning to Earth. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
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It always interests me to see movies made in the 1950's depicting the filmmaker's vision of what the future will be. For the time period in which it came out, Conquest of Space, had cutting edge special effects; by today's standards, however, they are campy. This is a must see for sci-fi fans.
Not a great movie, but then it is about 50 years old and has some great actors in it. They just don't have great lines. Anybody remember Eric Fleming from Rawhide, or Ross Martin from Wild Wild West? It's not real plausible, but then they didn't know...At least they had a plan, sort of....I saw this as a kid (kinda dates me, doesn't it) and thought it was great. It's not great anymore, but it is history in it's own way. If you want to see a really great old Sci-Fi, see Forbidden Planet and go from there.