It Came from Outer Space

Synopsis: John Putnam is a writer and an amateur stargazer with a new home out in the beautiful Arizona desert, which he enjoys with Ellen Fields, his girlfriend and a local schoolteacher. John is not trusted by the people of the small town near where he lives, certainly not by Sheriff Matt Warren, who feels protective of Ellen, and perhaps something more. One night, John and Ellen see a meteorite crash in the desert. John drags his friend, Pete, out of bed to take him over to the crash site in his helicopter. Once there, John climbs down into the crater. Unfortunately, he does so alone, as Pete and Ellen wait for him. John is the only one who sees the spaceship before a landslide covers it. And John is the only one who catches a glimpse of the hideous thing inside. At first John's story seems mad, until some of the townsfolk begin acting strange - as if they aren't really who they seem to be.
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Jack Arnold
Production: Universal Pictures
  Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
81 min

Well, something.

Then the door slammed shut

and started the landslide.

That figures.

Come on.

Pete, will ya listen to me ?.

I did. I let maniacs

drag me off in the middle

of the night.

Now, on top of that, I get

rocket ships thrown at me.

[Pete ]

Uh-oh, here they come

to find out what happened.

Oh, please, don't tell them

what you told us.

Ellen, I-- I tell ya,

I was close enough to it.

I could've touched it.

But, Johnny, please.

You're not gonna tell

those people ya saw Martians

runnin' around down there ?.

What would ya say if I had

found a Martian down there ?.

I'd say, hold 'im

for a circus.

And I'd say, wait

and find out what

they're doing here first.

Ellen, you don't

believe me either.

Oh, I--

I don't know.

That's Ellen and Putnam.

There's Pete's copter.

Hi !

Hey, what's goin'on ?

How longyou been up here ?

What happened ?.

I'll tell ya what happened.

Johnny !

It's a meteor. Johnny says the

biggest one that ever hit us.

It must have been.

I felt it clear down

to my shoes.

It lit up the sky like

the end of all creation.

It was no meteor.

No meteor ?.

What's the

amateur astronomer's

point ofview ?.

There's some kind

of a ship down there.

A ship ?.

Don't ask me what kind,

'cause I don't know.

Oh, you mean from one of those

stars you write about ?. Or the

kind that Pete here operates ?.

I tell you the evidence

is buried right down there.

This may be the biggest

thing that's ever happened.

Ifyou're smart, you'll get

this whole area sealed off until

we know what we're up against.

You see it, Ellen ?.

No, but ifJohn says

he saw it--

He could be mistaken.

You, Pete ?.

I tell you, from its size

and appearance, this thing

came from outer space.

I even have reason

to believe that... there's

some form of life in it.

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Harry Essex

Harry Essex (November 29, 1910 – February 5, 1997) was an American screenwriter and director in feature films and television. Born and raised in New York City, his career spanned more than fifty years. more…

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