(Academy Award Winner/Best Special Effects) A crusading scientist defies the government to launch an expedition to the moon in this influential Technicolor feature from 1950. The winner of an Academy Award for Best Special Effects, the film was also nominated for Best Set Decoration and received kudos for scientific accuracy. It was based on the novel Rocketship Galileo by renowned sci-fi author Robert Heinlein, who adapted it for the screen.
"Its high production values and scientific plausibility started the SF craze."—DVD Talk
"Completely gripping ... the first film of the so-called Golden Age of Science-Fiction Cinema that lasted from around 1950 to 1957. It has an immense optimism that paved the way for every other science-fiction film of the 1950s."—Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review