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Entry updated 24 January 2017. Tagged: Film.

Made-for-tv film (1974). Universal TV/ABC. Directed by Jerry London. Teleplay Richard Mackillop, Theodore Sturgeon, based on Sturgeon's "Killdozer!" (November 1944 Astounding). Cast includes Carl Betz, Neville Brand and Clint Walker. 74 minutes. Colour.

Though derived from Sturgeon's own well-known story about a huge bulldozer that becomes possessed by a seemingly Alien force – actually a semi-intelligent entity fabricated, aeons earlier, by a pre-human terrestrial civilization – this television movie does not live up to its potential. The story is a tightly constructed description of the battle between the machine and a group of men on a Pacific island; the film pads this material out with clichéd emotional conflicts between the human characters. [JB]


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