Mitch MacAfee (Jeff Morrow), while engaged in a radar test flight, spots an unidentified flying object. Jets are scrambled to pursue and identify the object but one goes missing. Officials are initially angry at MacAfee but are forced to take his story seriously after several other planes disappear. A gigantic bird proves responsible. The bird is clearly declared to come from a distant galaxy, and possesses an anti-matter shield, making it invulnerable to normal weapons. At least one of the movie's trailers, however, claimed that the bird came also from the ice age 17 million years ago. Mitch, along with his mathematician girlfriend Sally Caldwell (Mara Corday), Dr. Karol Noymann (Edgar Barrier), and generals Considine (Morris Ankrum) and Van Buskirk (Robert Shane), work feverishly to develop a way to defeat the seemingly invincible enemy. The climactic showdown takes place in New York City, with the bird attacking both the Empire State and United Nations buildings.
This film is famous for the hilariously goofy nature of the giant bird, which was constructed by Mexican puppeteers after the actors had finished filming.
A penetrating review of this film is here.
|This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).|