I met Wise briefly in the early eighties. He lamented that much of his budget had already been spent by the time he signed onto the project. I got the impression that he basically jumped aboard a moving vehicle. He no doubt did the best he could under the circumstances, but I would rate TMP below his other genre films: The Haunting, The Andromeda Strain, The Day the Earth Stood Stood Still, The Body Snatcher, and even Curse of the Cat People. Hard to compare TMP to The Sound of Music or West Side Story. Talk about apples and oranges.