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And Don't Forget...
Like Ron Howard, Johnny Crawford was also a child star, having played Mark McCain on The Rifleman. Tommy Kirk also starred in such Disney classics as Old Yeller and Swiss Family Robinson. The movie isn't great but I like watching it just to see so many former (or still, in the case of Ron Howard) child TV stars together in one film.
Village Of The Giants - 60's Silliness
- Bruce Reber
"Village Of The Giants" (1965) is a silly, stupid and swinging B-flick about teens who become giants after eating a pink substance called goo and terrorize a small California town and it's normal-sized citizenry. It was directed by Bert I. Gordon, the king of 50's and 60's B-movies such as "King Dinosaur", "The Amazing Colossal Man", "War Of The Colossal Beast", "The Cyclops" and many others. Among the "VOTG" stars are Ronny (or Ron, as he's called today) Howard, who played Opie Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show" and Richie Cunningham on "Happy Days", and also starred in several other films such as "The Music Man", "The Courtship Of Eddie's Father", "American Graffiti", "Grand Theft Auto" and "Eat My Dust", and who later became an acclaimed director, Beau Bridges, who also starred in "The Landlord" and "The Fabulous Baker Boys", Tommy Kirk, who starred in a few Disney films such as "The Shaggy DA", choreographer Toni Basil, who had the hit "Oh Mickey" in 1982, and Joy Harmon, most famous for the car washing scene in "Cool Hand Luke" (She knows exactly what she's doin', driving us crazy and lovin' every minute of it!) as Luke (Paul Newman) said. I saw "VOTG" and almost every other BIG film spoofed on "Mystery Science Theater 3000" in the 90's (does anyone remember that show?). It starred Joel Hodgson (later Mike Nelson), Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo, his two robot buds. The premise was that they and their rocketship the Satellite Of Love were shot into space by the evil Dr. Clayton Forrester and his assistant Frank. The trio wisecracked about the really awful B-films that Forrester forced them to watch as part of his "experiment". Maybe they could revive "MST 3K"-there's a lot of trashy films being made today that could stand to be spoofed. BTW, it's Tim Rooney in "VOTG", not Mickey Jr.
Joy of Joys
- roger steinbrink
Really great, stupid sub-B movie with all your favorite teen-aged stars of the 60's Ronny Howard is great as the annoying, geeky little brother who invents some magic goop that makes everyone giants Really annoying giants. They take over the town & push everyone around. Beau Bridges is the ring leader of the big bad guys. Johnny Crawford is one of the good guys, who with Tommy Kirk tries to take them down a peg. A bunch of harmless hokum best viewed with a bong nearby; then it makes sense. The best part is when the giant ducks walk in and no gives them a second look. Well, I dunno, maybe when the girls grow out of their clothes & start dancing. One of the small guys ends up hanging by Joy Harmon's bra while she shakes her money maker. She went on to perform the hottest car-washing scene in film history when she had good clean fun in "Cool Hand Luke". Bless her heart, she went on to open a successful bakery in Burbank, Ca. called "Aunt Joy's Cakes". I'd love to try her cup cakes! While watching this movie!
acid makes you big
wow this was written for the groovy set, including mickey rooney jr, i saw him in "hot rods to hell"
it makes u big
wow it's a cultural review of being on acid
Can't beat a 30ft Joy Harmon
- Paul McGear
I saw this movie when I was 12, just coming into puberty and even though it might be silly at times, it does have its moments (like the aforementioned Joy Harmon). It is mindless fun, just a movie to catch on a lazy, boring Saturday (like I did way back in 1978). Overall, great for the kids (and the kids at heart), cynical adults will scoff at it. Whatever happened to Joy Harmon?