MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 114 this week

When Worlds Collide (1951)

 -  Family | Sci-Fi  -  August 1951 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 4,184 users  
Reviews: 95 user | 45 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 49 titles
created 07 Mar 2011
 
a list of 35 titles
created 08 May 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 27 Sep 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 27 Jan 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: When Worlds Collide (1951)

When Worlds Collide (1951) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of When Worlds Collide.

User Polls

Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war.

Directors: Joseph M. Newman, Jack Arnold
Stars: Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A dying scientist pushes forward his project to tap through to the Earth's magma layer, with results that threaten to destroy the Earth as we know it.

Director: Andrew Marton
Stars: Dana Andrews, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Stranded on Mars with only a monkey as a companion, an astronaut must figure out how to find oxygen, water, and food on the lifeless planet.

Director: Byron Haskin
Stars: Paul Mantee, Victor Lundin, Adam West
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A planet is discovered in the same orbit as Earth's but is located on the exact opposite side of the sun, making it not visible from Earth. The European Space Exploration Council decide to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Parrish
Stars: Roy Thinnes, Ian Hendry, Patrick Wymark
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

An astronaut crew of 4 men and one woman on their way to the Moon, are unexpectedly propelled by gravitational forces and end up on Mars instead.

Director: Kurt Neumann
Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Osa Massen, John Emery
Kronos (1957)
Action | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Aliens from another world send a huge robotic accumulator to invade the Earth and absorb all energy it comes in contact with.

Director: Kurt Neumann
Stars: Jeff Morrow, Barbara Lawrence, John Emery
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

One of only two survivors from a Martian expedition is so traumatized she doesn't remember the circumstances of the trip.

Director: Ib Melchior
Stars: Gerald Mohr, Naura Hayden, Les Tremayne
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of a century: a decades-long second World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel.

Director: William Cameron Menzies
Stars: Raymond Massey, Edward Chapman, Ralph Richardson
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

When an abused socialite grows to giant size because of an alien encounter and an aborted murder attempt, she goes after her cheating husband with revenge on her mind.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Allison Hayes, William Hudson, Yvette Vickers
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A team of American astronauts leave their space station on the first mission to Mars, but the captain's religious beliefs may get in the way.

Director: Byron Haskin
Stars: Walter Brooke, Eric Fleming, Mickey Shaughnessy
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The nations of the Earth unite in a common cause to fight off an invader from outer space.

Director: Ishirô Honda
Stars: Ryô Ikebe, Kyôko Anzai, Koreya Senda
The 27th Day (1957)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Five individuals from five nations, including the "Superpowers," USA, USSR, and China, suddenly find themselves on an alien spacecraft. An alien gives each a container holding capsules. No ... See full summary »

Director: William Asher
Stars: Gene Barry, Valerie French, George Voskovec
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Derr ...
David Randall
...
Joyce Hendron
...
Dr. Tony Drake
...
...
Dr. Cole Hendron
Rachel Ames ...
Julie Cummings (as Judith Ames)
Stephen Chase ...
Dr. George Frye
...
Harold Ferris
...
Dr. Emery Bronson
Sandro Giglio ...
Dr. Ottinger
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Planets destroy earth! See more »

Genres:

Family | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

August 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

When Worlds Collide  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$936,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

There is a shot toward the end of a group of people sitting around a country store listening to the radio. Among them the little boy and dog later rescued by helicopter. The same shot shows up in The War of the Worlds (1953) See more »

Goofs

The star Bellus is described in the film as a giant star, although by the size it is assigned, 12 times bigger than the Earth, it can hardly be considered such. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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 ...
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

The book was much better!
15 November 2002 | by (Boulder, CO) – See all my reviews

I like George Pal's movies including this one, but I have to be honest and say that the novel on which this film is based is far, far superior. That having been said, however, let me hasten to add that "When Worlds Collide" is an enjoyable movie. The special effects of a half-century ago are still impressive, and the film's commentary on human nature is rather incisive. On the science and technology side of the ledger, however, the movie is seriously lacking, and the book does a much better job of discussing the technical difficulties involved in any kind of evacuation from Earth and the reseeding of the human race on another planet. Also, the collision between Earth and the star Bellus is a complete disappointment.

John Hoyt's performance as self-seeking and cynical billionaire Sidney Stanton is the best in the movie. He doesn't overplay the part, but mixes the right proportion of facial gestures and acidic voice inflection to give his wheelchair-bound character a completely believable profile. He is the real star of the movie. The other performances are adequate, but lack the depth of Hoyt's. The movie could have used another thirty minutes to fully develop both the storyline and the other characters because a theme like this needs two hours or so to fulfill itself.

Many have criticized the Disney-like final scene as the survivors of Earth's end walk onto the soil of the new world Zyra. To be fair to Pal, the production was rushed at the end to meet budget costs and what was put forward was the best that could be done in a limited time. Pal also intended to film a sequel "After Worlds Collide", in line with what the book had, to continue the story. Unfortunately, Paramount Pictures scotched that, and no sequel was ever made. Pal carried that disappointment to his grave.

I'd like to see "When Worlds Collide" made into a movie again. Despite "Deep Impact" and other movies like it, "When Worlds Collide" stands as the ultimate disaster movie, and with today's technology, a much better version than George Pal's could be made. A sequel should also be done as was the case with the original book to bring the story to a logical conclusion. For now, however, all we have is the 1951 film, and it still holds up well and will reward viewers who appreciate thrilling adventure.


22 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
No Black People at the Camp muitoconfidencial
No logic in the selection process. rjackson331
Remake? PhrenicGermal
Movie inspired by then Velikovsky fad r-c-s
wheelchair spaseebah
disaster spree piper3893
Discuss When Worlds Collide (1951) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?