Actors: Glenn Langan, Cathy Downs, William Hudson, Larry Thor
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about The Amazing Colossal Man|
|During a plutonium bomb test in the Nevada desert, a stray plane crashes near the test site. Lt. Col. Glenn Manning (Langan) runs out from his shelter to save whoever's in the plane and gets caught in the bomb blast. He shields his eyes, but he's badly burned over the rest of his body and loses most of his vital fluids. When both have been replenished, Manning starts to grow -- at the rate of 8 to 10 feet a day! His fiancee Carol Forrest (Downs) tries to care for him while Dr. Paul Lindstrom (Hudson) works on a cure. Unfortunately, since the human heart consists of only one cell (as someone explains!), it won't be able to keep up with his increasing size. His mind is also going. Eventually, he goes on a rampage across Nevada, carrying Carol Kong-like in his hand, and escaping the giant hypodermic needle the scientists try to use on him (and in fact impaling one of them with it). The story climaxes at Boulder Dam. This 1957 Bert Gordon film tries to address scientific and emotional issues of radiation poisoning, but has a lot of silliness.
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
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Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzle - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
**Fantasy or Science Fiction?**
- science fiction story
Character operated on/altered?
Kind of alteration:
- made bigger/smaller
- infantry soldier
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- (man) bald
- muscular (man)
Events of movie makes character more...
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
Sense of humor?
- Cynical sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Brown)
- (woman) medium/shoulderlgn wavy
- average (female)
How much in movie?
- White (American)
- a deadline
- 20th Century (1950-1970)
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Tone of movie
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