castTommy Kirk, Joy Harmon, Johnny Crawford, Beau Bridges, Ronny Howard, Toni Basil, Tim Rooney, Tisha Sterling, Gail Gilmore, Jim Begg, the Beau Brummels, Freddy Cannon, and Mike Clifford. Directed by Bert I. Gordon.
LEFT: Original 1965 poster for Village of the Giants. CENTER: The teens crash their Thunderbird a few miles from Hainesville. RIGHT: Joy Harmon, Tim Rooney, and Beau Bridges
plot synopsisVillage of the Giants is a later Bert I. Gordon film which relied on Mr. BIG's trick of enlarging actors to look gigantic, or reducing them in size to appear small (as he did in 1958's Attack of the Puppet People). While Gordon was very successful in his 1950s sci-fi productions, his career had begun to wane. Here, in Village of the Giants, Gordon tries to graft his own style on that of the beach party genre (but without the beach).
LEFT: Lobby card featuring Tommy Kirk, Vicki London, Toni Basil, and Johnny Crawford. CENTER: Beau Bridges, Joy Harmon, Gail Gilmore, Tisha Sterling, and Charla Doherty are among the bad teens. RIGHT: Johnny Crawford hangs on
Screen captures from Village of the Giants featuring Joy Harmon and Beau Bridges
musicAs with most beach-party genre movies, there is great music here; Freddy Cannon of Palisades Park and Tallahassee Lassie fame sings Little Bitty Corrine, and Mike Clifford performs Marianne, but the Beau Brummels steal the show, singing the hits When it Comes to Your Love and Woman in the Hainesville discoteque.
The debut album of the Beau Brummels
Indeed, 1965 was a good year for the Beau Brummels, having three top 40 singles: Laugh, Laugh (No. 15 in January 1965); Just a Little (No. 8 in May 1965); and You Tell Me Why (No. 38 in August 1965). In addition to appearing in Village of the Giants, the group made appearances on Shindig, Hullaballoo, and even The Flintstones. Just when the band was poised for great success, its label, Autumn, folded, and the band's contract was sold to Warner Bros. But the new label wasn't too successful in promoting the band. The group recorded three albums for Warner Bros. until disbanding in 1968. Read more about the Beau Brummels at Beau Brummels.com.
- Declan Mulligan left the Beau Brummels in July 1965, shortly after the making of Village of the Giants.
- Also, one of the last scenes of the film is shot on the exterior lot of the 1964-1972 ABC TV series Bewitched; if you look closely, you can spot Darrin and Samantha's house in the background.
- Toni Basil got her start in show business as a go-go dancer.
- Tim Rooney, a one-time Mouseketeer, is the son of actor Mickey Rooney.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans will remember Village of the Giants as episode #519, an early Mike Nelson appearance.
village of the giants books available
linksThe Unofficial Fanpage of Village of the Giants
See this site for cast biographies, photos, links, and more!
This is the official web site for the Beau Brummels, with information about the band, along with available CD's and photos.
The Fabulous Beau Brummels
The Fabulous Beau Brummels site contains lots of information about the career of this San Francisco-based mid 1960s band. You'll find bios on the band members, information about their albums, and more.
Visit the Tommy Kirk page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Visit the Joy Harmon page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
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This page premiered March 20, 1998.
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