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War of the Satellites (1958)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  18 May 1958 (USA)
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An "unknown force" declares war against planet Earth when the United Nations disobeys warnings to cease and desist in its attempts at assembling the first satellite in the atmosphere.

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Dave Boyer
Susan Cabot ...
Sybil Carrington
Richard Devon ...
Dr. Pol Van Ponder
Eric Sinclair ...
Dr. Howard Lazar
Michael Fox ...
Jason ibn Akad
Robert Shayne ...
Cole Hotchkiss
Jered Barclay ...
John Compo (as Jerry Barclay)
John Brinkley ...
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Tony Miller
Bruno VeSota ...
Mr. LeMoine
Jay Sayer ...
Jay
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Mitzi
Roy Gordon ...
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Beach Dickerson ...
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Jim Knight ...
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An "unknown force" declares war against planet Earth when the United Nations disobeys warnings to cease and desist in its attempts at assembling the first satellite in the atmosphere.

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The control panel with many toggle switches used by the ground controller and the spacecraft flight crew is the automatic pilot from a WWII B-17 bomber. See more »

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When Susan Cabot enters the "solar energy room," she opens the door from her right-hand side. When Richard Devon follows her in, he opens the door from his left-hand side. See more »

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Dave Boyer: Sigma calling, Sigma calling. U.N. Satellite Control, do you read me? Do you read me?
Cole Hotchkiss: U.N.S.C. calling Sigma. We read you, Sigma. We read you.
Dave Boyer: We are passing through Andromedae at the speed of light. We've made it. The whole universe is our new frontier.
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26 October 2008 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

WAR OF THE SATELLITES is too low budget for it's subject matter but is still great fun. First of all, you have the great Dick Miller as the lead, a cool score by Walter Greene and pretty good low-budget special effects by Irving Block, Jack Rabin and Louis DeWitt. Basic plot is that aliens take over earthlings in order to sabotage our space program, particularly the satellites. Roger Corman's strength was making something out of nothing and this film is no exception. He pulls off some neat ideas and manages to make us so interested in the film we forget how silly some of it is. I think it only runs a little over an hour so he gets right down to business. The movie is very fast-paced. I wish someone would take all of Corman's films for Allied Artists such as ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS and NOT OF THIS EARTH and this one and release them in a big box set with commentary. Are you listening to this Criterion/Voyager? Not likely but I can dream, can't I? WAR OF THE SATELLITES is hard to find but worth the effort it takes to see it. Recommended for sci-fi fans and Corman/Dick Miller completists.


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