Them! (1954)

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Corrected entry: When entering the nest in the desert, it was important to wait until the heat of the day to insure that all the ants were inside. When entering the sewers in Los Angeles, they did so at night.


Correction: Yes, but they were also trying to rescue the two boys who were lost in the ants' nest. So it was important to hurry.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: When they are in the police Captain's office, he picks up the bent rifle that Gramps had. He says that Gramps got some shots off before they did that to the rifle. Then he says that "Blackburn was a crack shot, he could hit anything he could see". Gramps' last name was Johnson. The cop that got killed was Blackburn.


Correction: It isn't a character mistake; rather, the Chief was talking about two different facts here: That Old Man Johnson got four shots off with his Winchester; and then referring to Blackburn's gun skill as a police officer. Upon first hearing, though, this does sound like he was talking about the same person.


Corrected entry: When the radio operator on the 'Viking' is calling for help, an officer can be seen in the background standing calm and rigid in the middle of a pack of giant ants overpowering the rest of the crew...

Correction: Rather than the officer "standing calm and rigid", he's supposed to be dead and being held by the mandibles of a giant ant.

Erasmus Wembley

Other mistake: When they encounter the first ant, the policeman runs out of ammo, but the FBI agent fires at least nine shots. Not bad for a snubnose revolver that holds 5 or 6 rounds.

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Question: Did anyone notice, or can explain how both James Whitmore, a state trooper, and James Arness, an FBI agent suddenly become outfitted in Army or National Guard uniforms, fully qualified to fire bazookas, etc and more or less in charge when the action moves to the pursuit in the LA sewer? seems like there would have been jurisdictional issues there (at least for James Whitmore).

Answer: Like the General said, the less people that know about the ants the better. They were a special task force assigned with the equipment and deputized to use any and all measures to stop the ants. Since the movies was set in the 1950's, James Arness and James Whitmores were most likely veterans of WW II and Korea.

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