The Green Slime

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The Green Slime
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Theatrical release poster
Japanese ガンマー第3号 宇宙大作戦
Hepburn Ganmā Daisan Gō: Uchū Daisakusen
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku
Produced by Walter Manley
Ivan Reiner
Screenplay by Bill Finger
Tom Rowe
Charles Sinclair
Story by Ivan Reiner
Starring Robert Horton
Richard Jaeckel
Luciana Paluzzi
Music by Toshiaki Tsushima
Charles Fox
Cinematography Yoshikazu Yamasawa
Edited by Osamu Tanaka
Distributed by Toei
Release dates
  • December 19, 1968 (1968-12-19) (Japan)
  • May 21, 1969 (1969-05-21) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
Country Japan
United States
Language Japanese

The Green Slime (ガンマー第3号 宇宙大作戦 Ganmā Daisan Gō: Uchū Daisakusen?, aka Gamma 3: Operation Outer Space) is a 1968 science-fiction film produced by MGM in the United States and shot in Japan at the studios of Toei Company by director Kinji Fukasaku. The film was spearheaded by Ivan Reiner and Walter Manley, the same creative team who produced similar Italian outings like Wild, Wild Planet.[1]


A group of astronauts set out to stop the asteroid Flora, which is on a collision course with the planet Earth. They land on the asteroid, plant explosive charges and destroy it. Afterwards they return to the staging area, a space station called Gamma 3 in orbit around the Earth. Unfortunately, a scientist from the mission has unwittingly carried a luminous-green substance on the leg of his spacesuit which quickly mutates into one-eyed, tentacled monsters with the ability to discharge lethal bolts of electricity. The Gamma 3 crew fend off the alien creatures with their laser-based weaponry, only to discover the creatures feed off the energy which, in turn, allows them to multiply rapidly, sprouting the new creatures from their blood. As the creatures overrun the station the crew continues to fight back against overwhelming odds.


  • Robert Horton as Commander Jack Rankin
  • Luciana Paluzzi as Dr. Lisa Benson
  • Richard Jaeckel as Commander Vince Elliott
  • Bud Widom as General Jonathan B. Thompson
  • Ted Gunther as Dr. Hans Halvorsen
  • David Yorston as Lt. Curtis
  • Robert Dunham as Capt. Martin
  • Gary Randolf as Cordier
  • Jack Morris as Lt. Morris, Rocket Pilot
  • Eugene Vince as Technician
  • Don Plante as Technician
  • Linda Hardisty as Nurse
  • Richard Hylland as Michaels
  • Kathy Horan as Nurse
  • Ann Ault as Nurse
  • Susan Skersick as Nurse
  • Helen Kirkpatrick as Nurse
  • Carl Bengs as Rocket Pilot
  • Linda Miller as Nurse
  • Strong Ilimaiti as Doctor
  • Enver Altenbay as Technician
  • Tom Scott as Lt. Scott, Rocket Pilot
  • Patricia Elliott as Nurse

DVD release[edit]

The Japanese edit of the film was released on R2 DVD in 2004 by Toei.

On October 26, 2010, the U.S. version was released on R1 DVD as part of the Warner Archive Collection.


Portions of this film were used to pitch the pilot of Mystery Science Theater 3000 to station KTMA, although the entire film was never lampooned on the series later.

Tom Wham, designer of the boardgame The Awful Green Things from Outer Space, credits this film for inspiration of the game.

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External links[edit]

Mystery Science Theater 3000[edit]