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When Worlds Collide (1951)

 -  Family | Sci-Fi  -  August 1951 (USA)
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As a new star and planet hurtle toward a doomed Earth, a small group of survivalists frantically work to complete the rocket which will take them to their new home.

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David Randall is a carefree ladies man and skilled pilot who finds he has been let in on the greatest and most terrible secret in the world when he is paid to deliver some mysterious pictures from one eminent astronomer to another. The recipient, Dr. Hendron, confirms the awful findings of the sender: the star Bellus will collide with Earth and wipe out all of humanity. Despite widespread disbelief, two philanthropists give Dr. Hendron some of the money he needs to build a rocket ship that will, at least theoretically, take them to Zyra, a planet which is orbiting Bellus which may or may not be habitable for humans. The rest of the money comes from Sydney Stanton, a wheelchair-bound old man, who insists he come along, despite the severe limitations on the number of passengers and amount of cargo. Meanwhile, as doomsday approaches, Randall is surprised to find himself in a love triangle with Dr. Hendron's daughter and her fiancé. Humanity is in peril, and only a modern-day Noah's ark, ... Written by J. Spurlin

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At the beginning of the film it is said that the Bellus-Zyra system has moved 1.6 million kilometers in just two weeks. Later, it's said the system will cover the 4,800 million kilometers to the Earth in less than one year. At the speed implied by the first statement, the arrival to the Earth would take some 115 years. See more »

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Narrator: [spoken over a shot of outer space] Needles in a heavenly haystack. There are more stars in the heavens than there are human beings on Earth. Through telescopes men of science constantly search the infinitesimal corners of our solar system seeking new discoveries, hoping to better understand the laws of the Universe. Observatories dedicated to the study of astronomy are set in high and remote places, but there is none more remote than Mt. Kenna Observatory in this part of South ...
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Excellent doomsday film
1 February 2001 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Considering when the film was made, it far surpasses action-packed, bloated-FX monstrosities like INDEPENDENCE DAY and ARMAGEDDON. George Pal gives us a convincing story with good FX. The theme of the plot is unusually profound for a sci-fi film, and it is handled with both humor and dignity.

Altruism and selfishness vie in the face of doomsday as the full range of human nature is displayed by a capable cast. Despite what may appear now to be a few creaky bits of movie magic, this film has a punch to it that many of the slicker films lack. It has stood the test of a half-century and is still touching and enjoyable.


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