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Village of the Giants Details


Based on the same H.G. Wells story as his later Food of the Gods, this silly but good-looking fantasy from Bert I. Gordon is among his more entertaining films. The young Ron Howard plays Genius, who develops a substance which causes animals to grow to monstrous size. After eight kids (led by Beau Bridges and Tisha Sterling) crash their car in the mud, they dance and get drunk, then steal some food containing the growth-gunk, causing them to attain huge physical size as well. It's up to the good teens of the town (including Tommy Kirk, Johnny Crawford from The Rifleman, and "Mickey" crooner Toni Basil) to set things right. That involves a gas-like antidote and a lot of subpar musical numbers from the likes of Freddy Cannon and the Beau Brummels. Joseph Turkel and Rance Howard are also in the cast, and a jokey ending features a number of midgets including Felix Silla, best known as Cousin Itt on TV's The Addams Family. The first in a projected 13-picture production deal with Joseph E. Levine, Gordon followed this with the William Castle-inspired Picture Mommy Dead. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi


Tommy Kirk
as Mike
Johnny Crawford
as Horsey
Beau Bridges
as Fred
Tisha Sterling
as Jean
Tim Rooney
as Pete
Bob Random
as Rick
Charla Doherty
as Nancy
Gale Gilmore
as Elsa
Toni Basil
as Red
Hank Jones
as Chuck
Jim Begg
as Fatso
Vicki London
as Georgette
Joe Turkel
as Sheriff
Freddy Cannon


Bert I. Gordon
Bert I. Gordon
Alan Caillou
Paul Vogel
Jack Nitzsche
Composer (Music Score)
Jack Nitzsche
Musical Direction/Supervision
Franz Bachelin
Art Director
Robert R. Benton
Set Designer
Bert I. Gordon
Special Effects
Toni Basil
Wally Westmore