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

This is Sand Rock, Arizona,

on a late evening

in early spring.

It's a nice town,

knowing its past...

and sure

ofits future,

as it makes ready for the night

and the predictable morning.

The desert blankets

the earth, cooling,

resting for the fight

with tomorrow's sun.

And in my house

near the town,

we're also sure

ofthe future,

so very sure.

Hmm, 12:
00 sharp.

Trying to get rid of me ?.

'Cause if you are,

it won't do you any good.

Well, I wouldn't

want people to talk.

Let them.

They do it anyway.

You know, I think it must be

my money that impresses you.

What money ?.

Well, I got

a check today.

Oh,Johnny !

You sold another article.

Got enough to finish

the outside of the house.

All the comforts

of home.

To think of the time

I wasted living in the city.

It's nice out here.

Question is, would you keep

this up if we were married ?.

Course not,

soon as I got your name

on the marriage certificate,

I wouldn't have

to do it anymore.

Let's go see what

the stars have to say.

I already know

your horoscope.

You know who the stars say

a man born under your sign

should marry ?.

No. Who ?.

Me !. I'm a Scorpio.

A Scorpio always gets along

well with a Sagittarius.

Really ?.

Mm-hmm !

What else do they say ?.

Oh, a Sagittarius

is philosophical,

very positive

and has a blithe,

happy-go-lucky manner,

Would starve if someone

didn't come along to make

him a meal occasionally.

And is quite helpless

in certain situations.

Come here.

Look at my stars.

Tell me if they say

whether a Sagittarius

could support a Scorpio ?.

"Starlight, star bright,

first star I've seen tonight,

"I wish I may,

I wish I might,

have the wish

I wish tonight."

have the wish

I wish tonight."

What was that ?.

A meteor.

One of the biggest !

C-Can you see it ?.


Yeah, there it is.

It's by the old

Excelsior Mine.

You're crazy.

He's dead serious.

Didn't you even hear it ?.

I didn't hear nothin' till

you came bangin' on my door.

Look !

Oh, it's beautiful !

Come on, come on.

Let's go down.

All right, all right.

Keep your shirt on.

Holy cow !

Brother, that's

really somethin'.

It's the biggest thing

that's ever happened

in our time.

I'm gonna take

a closer look.

Oh, be careful,John !

Go ahead,

be a hero.

We'll take our chances.

Who said

anything about you ?.

You stay right here.

Yeah, bu--

You look after Pete.

This is where Pete's

gonna be, right here.

Johnny ! Johnny !

Wait a minute !

You stay here !

John !

I'm all right, Pete !

Down here !

Areya all right ?

Yeah, I'm all right.

Come on, let's get outta here.

Maybe you'll listen

to me next time.

John ! John,

are you all right ?.

Johnny ?. Johnny ?.

Yeah, yeah,

I wasn't hurt, Ellen.

Well, then, what's the matter ?.

There was

something down there.

Boy, you're not kiddin'.

A couple of tons of earth

that almost hit ya.

No, no, that's

not what I mean.

Well, what do you mean ?.

What was it

you saw down there ?.

I'm not sure.

Some kind of a ship,

I think.

A what ?.

A ship !

What kind of a ship ?.

I don't know.

It's like nothing

we've ever seen before.

Something must have hit this guy

in the head. Come on !

It was there !

Part of it was showing.

You've been up in

the stars too long !

Let's get outta here.

It was like a huge ball

rammed there in the crater.

This is no place to

hold a conversation. Let's go

before it starts falling again.

All right, all right.

I'm not crazy

and I'm not imagining.

I tell you

I saw this thing.

Oh, brother.

I saw an open port way.

So what was inside ?.

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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