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Release Date:
18 May 1958 (USA) See more »
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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. | Full synopsis »
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An entertaining sci-fi potboiler with fine acting. See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Dick Miller ... 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 ... Crew Member
Tony Miller
Bruno VeSota ... Mr. LeMoine
Jay Sayer ... Jay

Mitzi McCall ... Mitzi
Roy Gordon ... The President
Beach Dickerson ... Crewman with Gun
Jim Knight (as James Knight)
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Roger Corman ... Ground Control (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roger Corman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Irving Block  story
Lawrence L. Goldman  (as Lawrence Louis Goldman)
Jack Rabin  story

Produced by
Irving Block .... co-producer
Roger Corman .... producer
Jack Rabin .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Walter Greene 
 
Cinematography by
Floyd Crosby 
 
Film Editing by
Irene Morra 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel Haller 
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
 
Makeup Department
Stanley Orr .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Lionel C. Place .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Bohrer .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Karl Brainard .... property master
 
Sound Department
Philip Mitchell .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Irving Block .... special effects
Louis DeWitt .... special effects
Jack Rabin .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Hannawalt .... key grip (as Chuck Hanawalt)
 
Music Department
Walter Greene .... conductor
 

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66 min
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Trivia:
Producer/Director Roger Corman has a cameo appearance as the ground controller.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Most of the action seems to take place in New York, the home of the United Nations (and also based in views of the car license plates). But whenever a newspaper is flashed on the screen, it is always based in either Los Angeles or San Francisco. Further, all satellite launches in the 1950s were from Cape Canaveral in Florida.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Pol Van Ponder:We're up against a race of beings whose intelligence is as ours to ants and bacteria.See more »
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
An entertaining sci-fi potboiler with fine acting., 23 January 2005
Author: George Escalera from Gettysburg, PA

In October, 1957, the Soviet Union surprised everyone with the first successful launch and orbit of a spacecraft, a satellite dubbed "Sputnik". That name and the term "satellite" was on front pages of every newspaper in America.

"War of the Satellites" was produced by Roger Corman because he knew he could get a deal (funding) from his distributor by promising a film with the then hot buzz-word, "satellite", on the marquee. His plan worked and the film was rushed together. By then, Corman had a number of capable people he could count on to pull it off. Discount the war-surplus and junkyard props and and the hardly scientific premise and "War of the Satellites" turns out to be fun and a rather credible popcorn epic. It was released on a double bill and the title brought in the expected crowd.

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