Reviews

  • Jan 22, 2020

    Starts as a good movie on the same plane as Journey To The Center of the Earth. Unfortunately halfway through production RKO studios went bankrupt and Warner which picked up the option slashed the budget and the second half falls flat. Too bad, would have been interesting to see what could have been. Even so, great cast and acting.

    Starts as a good movie on the same plane as Journey To The Center of the Earth. Unfortunately halfway through production RKO studios went bankrupt and Warner which picked up the option slashed the budget and the second half falls flat. Too bad, would have been interesting to see what could have been. Even so, great cast and acting.

  • Mar 11, 2019

    In 1868, American inventor Victor Barbicane develops a powerful military explosive that he also uses as fuel for a moon-bound rocket manned by himself and a motley crew. Given the talent of the Hollywood stars such as icons Joseph Cotten, George Sanders and the source material From the Earth to the Moon novel by Jules Verne. I found the film to be substandard. I have decided to add some trivia about this film as it is more interesting than the movie its self. This went into production as RKO was preparing to shut down. It was believed to have had a much larger budget which was later cut. This greatly affected the quality of the special effects. Among the last-minute cost-cutting measures inflicted upon this film was the elimination of all scenes taking place on the moon. This was one of the last films produced for RKO. By the time it was completed, RKO had ceased production and distribution. It was released through Warner Brothers. Some of the music is actually the "electronic tonalities" created by Louis Barron and Bebe Barron for Forbidden Planet (1956). Although shot in academy 1.37:1 aspect ratio (for later television airing) the theatrical--or intended (by the studio, producer, director and/or cinematographer)--aspect ratio of this film is 1.85:1 widescreen. Most modern 16x9 (1.78:1) televisions have a "zoom to width" picture option, essentially allowing the viewer to see the film as the director and cinematographer originally planned.

    In 1868, American inventor Victor Barbicane develops a powerful military explosive that he also uses as fuel for a moon-bound rocket manned by himself and a motley crew. Given the talent of the Hollywood stars such as icons Joseph Cotten, George Sanders and the source material From the Earth to the Moon novel by Jules Verne. I found the film to be substandard. I have decided to add some trivia about this film as it is more interesting than the movie its self. This went into production as RKO was preparing to shut down. It was believed to have had a much larger budget which was later cut. This greatly affected the quality of the special effects. Among the last-minute cost-cutting measures inflicted upon this film was the elimination of all scenes taking place on the moon. This was one of the last films produced for RKO. By the time it was completed, RKO had ceased production and distribution. It was released through Warner Brothers. Some of the music is actually the "electronic tonalities" created by Louis Barron and Bebe Barron for Forbidden Planet (1956). Although shot in academy 1.37:1 aspect ratio (for later television airing) the theatrical--or intended (by the studio, producer, director and/or cinematographer)--aspect ratio of this film is 1.85:1 widescreen. Most modern 16x9 (1.78:1) televisions have a "zoom to width" picture option, essentially allowing the viewer to see the film as the director and cinematographer originally planned.

  • Feb 15, 2014

    A rare B sci-fi steampunk classic--helluva fun!!

    A rare B sci-fi steampunk classic--helluva fun!!

  • Jun 30, 2013

    This film was just boring to me, but some spots in the film did pick up. The plot idea was good, it just didn't have the excitement for me in this film.

    This film was just boring to me, but some spots in the film did pick up. The plot idea was good, it just didn't have the excitement for me in this film.

  • Jun 24, 2013

    George Sanders and Joseph Cotton do some slumming in the dull adaptation of the Jules Verne novel. The film should have taken a page out of the Ray Harryhausen playbook and remembered to make the film fanical and fun.

    George Sanders and Joseph Cotton do some slumming in the dull adaptation of the Jules Verne novel. The film should have taken a page out of the Ray Harryhausen playbook and remembered to make the film fanical and fun.

  • Jun 22, 2013

    "Men are always trading their lives for something." "...you've merely suppressed it."

    "Men are always trading their lives for something." "...you've merely suppressed it."

  • Apr 11, 2013

    Saddled with dull melodramatics, muddled intentions about weaponry uses, lame special effects (due to the low budget) and stiff acting.

    Saddled with dull melodramatics, muddled intentions about weaponry uses, lame special effects (due to the low budget) and stiff acting.

  • Feb 25, 2013

    One of the most tedious and uneventful movies I have ever witnessed! Scenes consisted of redundant talking to fill a movie that could have been covered in 30 minutes, some guy has created power X. decides to go to the moon in the aim to comeback to Earth! The excitement would lay in the last part, but unfortunately the film provided nothing but a few yawns.

    One of the most tedious and uneventful movies I have ever witnessed! Scenes consisted of redundant talking to fill a movie that could have been covered in 30 minutes, some guy has created power X. decides to go to the moon in the aim to comeback to Earth! The excitement would lay in the last part, but unfortunately the film provided nothing but a few yawns.

  • Sep 10, 2011

    From the Earth to the Moon is terrible film. It is about a business and inventor who creates a new power source called Power X. The special effects are dated. George Sanders and Joseph Cotten give good performances regardless. The script was disappointing. Bryon Haskin tried to make this movie believable. I thought the movie was disappointing and would not see it again.

    From the Earth to the Moon is terrible film. It is about a business and inventor who creates a new power source called Power X. The special effects are dated. George Sanders and Joseph Cotten give good performances regardless. The script was disappointing. Bryon Haskin tried to make this movie believable. I thought the movie was disappointing and would not see it again.

  • Aug 12, 2009

    Director Byron Haskin's unremarkable, old-fashioned take on Jules Verne's classic science-fiction novel. Slow-paced and talky, it's too genteel and stodgy to generate the least bit of suspense of drama. The special effects are surprisingly few and not too impressive. Haskin has been involved with some sci-fi classics, but this isn't one of them - ceaselessly dull and instantly forgettable.

    Director Byron Haskin's unremarkable, old-fashioned take on Jules Verne's classic science-fiction novel. Slow-paced and talky, it's too genteel and stodgy to generate the least bit of suspense of drama. The special effects are surprisingly few and not too impressive. Haskin has been involved with some sci-fi classics, but this isn't one of them - ceaselessly dull and instantly forgettable.