This science-fiction "inner space" thriller, one of the most amazing ever conceived, follows a crew of medical scientists on an incredible submarine journey through the human body and into the brain to perform a delicate repair operation. The team must combat the elements of the living body as well as a saboteur in their midst. They have first all been miniaturized to microbe size for their fantastic adventure.
• Stars: Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien, Donald Pleasence
• Directed by: Richard Fleischer
• YOP: 1966 • Runtime: 96 minutes
The Day The Earth Stood Still
An alien dignitary, Klaatu, has come to Earth with his deadly robot, Gort, to deliver a message that earthlings must stop warring amongst themselves - or else. After being shot by military guards, Klaatu is brought to a Washington D.C. hospital, where he begs a sympathetic but frank Major to gather all the world's leaders so he can tell them more specifically what he has come to warn them about. Losing patience, Klaatu slips into the human world, adapting a false identity and living at a boarding house where he meets a smart woman with a conscience and her inquisitive son. Both mother and son soon find themselves embroiled in the complex mystery of Klaatu, his message and the government's witch hunt for the alien.
• Stars: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray, Frances Bavier
• Directed By: Robert Wise
• YOP: 1951
• Runtime: 92 minutes
Journey To The Centre Of The Earth
DANGER AND WONDER AT THE EARTH’S CORE!
The accent is on fun and fantasy in this film version of Jules Verne’s classic thriller that stars James Mason, Pat Boone and Arlene Dahl. With spectacular visuals as a backdrop, the story centres on an expedition led by Professor Lindenbrook (Mason) down into the Earth’s dark core. Member of the group include the professor’s star student, Alec (Boone), and the widow (Dahl) of a colleague. Along the way lurk dangers such as kidnapping, death sabotage by a rival explorer, and attacks by giant prehistoric reptiles. But they also encounter such magnificent wonders as a glistening cavern of quartz crystals, luminescent algae, a forest of giant mushrooms, and the lost city of Atlantis.
Remaining faithful to Verne’s story, this is a sweeping adventure that offers enough thrills and entertainment to satisfy every explorer in the family.
• Stars: James Mason, Arlene Dahl, Pat Boone
• Directed by: Henry Levin
• YOP: 1959
• Runtime: 124 minutes
Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea
A routine scientific expedition to the North Pole turns into a race to save all mankind when a radiation belt in space causes a fiery inferno on Earth. Admiral Nelson (Walter Pidgeon) and the crew of the atomic submarine Seaview battle saboteurs, giant sea-creatures and attacks by enemy submarines as they race to prevent global catastrophe. Renowned disaster film producer, Irwin Allen, produces and directs an all-star cast including Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre , and Frankie Avalon,. The stunning visual effects and breathtaking underwater photography make this one of the most respected Sci-Fi adventure classics of all time.
• Stars: Joan Fontaine, Walter Pidgeon
• Directed by: Irwin Allen
• YOP: 1961
• Runtime: 100 minutes
Superstar George Clooney turns in a stellar performance in this brilliant sci-fi movie (New York Daily News) from Academy Award winners Steven Soderbergh (2000 - Best Director, Traffic) and James Cameron (1997 - Best Picture, Titanic).
Aboard a lonely space station orbiting a mysterious planet, terrified crewmembers are experiencing a host of strange phenomena, including resurrected phantoms from their pasts. And when psychologist Chris Kelvin (Clooney) arrives to investigate, he confronts a power beyond imagining that could hold the key to humanity's deepest dreams...or darkest nightmares. Co-starring Natascha McElhone and Jeremy Davies, Solaris is mind-bending! (Rolling Stone).
• Stars: Viola Davis, Ulrich Tukur, Natascha McElhone, George Clooney, Jeremy Davies
• Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
• YOP: 2003
• Runtime: 95 minutes