The 4D Man (1959)

The 4D Man (1959)





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The 4-D Man is Robert Lansing, who through a sped-up atomic fusion experiment is possessed with the ability to walk through solid matter. Motivated by greed and jealousy, Lansing uses his powers for his own selfish gain. But there's a catch: his "4-D" prowess is causing him to age rapidly and to deteriorate physically. After a powerhouse opening, 4-D Man settles into a conventional "there are some things man is not meant to know" mode; it also closes with that wearisome cliched "The End?" title. Otherwise, the film is a laudable effort to do a lot with a limited special-effects budget.
Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Romance
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Universal Pictures


Robert Lansing
as Scott Nelson
Lee Meriwether
as Linda Davis
Patty Duke
as Marjorie Sutherland
James Congdon
as Tony Nelson
Jasper Deeter
as Mr. Welles
Robert Strauss
as Roy Parker
Chic James
as girl in bar
Edgar Stehli
as Dr. Carson
Elbert Smith
as Captain Rogers
Dean Newman
as Dr. Schwartz
George Karas
as Sergeant Todaman
George Kayara
as Sgt. Todaman
Elbert Smuiyh
as Capt. Rogers
John Benson
as Reporter
Robert H. Harris
as Man in Nightclub
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Critic Reviews for The 4D Man

All Critics (4)

Below mediocre sci-fi nonsense, slow paced to boot.

February 21, 2008

A guilty, almost-campy horror delight with a most curious jazz score

June 3, 2004
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

It was produced by Jack H. Harris, who started a promotional campaign for the film by offering a $1 million reward to anyone who could walk through a wall.

Full Review… | April 21, 2002
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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September 30, 2003
Laramie Movie Scope

Audience Reviews for The 4D Man


The real shame is they take so long to get to the 4D material and have so little fun exploring the concept. What they do is simple effects and some brilliant practical solutions (the clever use of light in the window scene is simply wonderful). Hard to recommend for the few risks it takes but enjoyable in parts for a good idea long-winded in execution.

Mark Nash
Mark Nash

This movie is super cool, especially after seeing some really bad sci-fi movies, and in contrast to the other sci-fi movies of the fifties, this one is really spectacular. I loved it, the story is very different and new, I haven't seen many other movies like this, I highly recommend it if you like sci-fi.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

A researcher (who looks a lot like George Lincoln Rockwell) is doing after-hours research and accidentally burns down the building of the company for which he works, so he forced to find work elsewhere. He gets a job as an assistant to his brother who is also a scientist. The brother follows up on the research the initial brother was doing, and ends up stealing it. They have developed a method for two objects to share space at the same time, thus allowing him to move through walls and other objects. The beatnik-jazz soundtrack was a detraction, but the brother rivalry/friendship was a nice addition making this a decent sci-fi flick from this time of many of this genre of varying degrees.


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