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Them Ants

April 24, 1988

Groves suggested that today's audiences are too sophisticated to appreciate a classic like "Them!," and I must, unfortunately, agree.

"Them!" treated 1954 viewers to an intelligently written script, a limited number of realistic-looking colossal black ants and a minimum of blood-letting in a story that was both suspenseful and credible from start to finish.

By contrast, 1988 moviegoers would expect dialogue liberally laced with four-letter words, thousands of titanic ants cast in psychedelic hues, buckets of blood in every scene and a few pornographic embellishments tossed in for bad measure.

Prayerfully, "Them!" will never be remade, for that reprise would truly constitute a desecration of an original masterpiece.

FRANKLIN R. RUEHL

Glendale

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