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Conquest of Space

Totally bizarre sci-fi epic, mounting a 'realistic' attempt at an expedition to Mars, which has some animated segments as pretty as 2001. This George Pal project tries elaborately (and presumably expensively) for authenticity, and naturally gets it all wrong. But there's something pleasantly loony about the whole thing, from the chicken-pie capsules down to the anti-gravity zip-up boots. At one point the script even has its chief astronaut denouncing the entire mission as a 'cursed abomination' when he gets a touch of religion. A fascinating relic.

Release details

Duration: 81 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Byron Haskin
Screenwriter: James O'Hanlon
Cast: Walter Brooke
Eric Fleming
Mickey Shaughnessy
William Hopper
Ross Martin
Joan Shawlee
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