Them! (1954)

3 corrected entries

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



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When James Whitmore is attacked by the ant in the Los Angeles sewer system, James Arness arrives, firing an M-1 Garand rifle. In the next scene, he's armed with a Thompson submachine gun.



When Ben Peterson is killed by a giant ant, he emits a high-pitched, half-choked death scream. This scream has been used in many other movies ever since: in Small Soldiers (when Brick Bazooka loses his legs); in Star Wars - A New Hope, when Luke shoots a stormtrooper in the shaft-swinging scene; in Lord Of The Rings - The Two Towers, when an Elf warrior is thrown off the Helm's Deep wall; and in Lord Of The Rings - Return of The King, when a Gondor soldier fleeing from Osgilliath is snatched up and dumped by a Nazgul steed. I guess that makes it the most used death scream in movie history.