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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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Kickstart This! That Guy Dick Miller.
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Better than average Corman science fiction flick 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Roger Corman ... Ground Control (uncredited)

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:
From the time this movie was conceived, it was reportedly only eight weeks later that the completed movie was playing in theatres.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Dr. Pol Van Ponder:I have no desire to harm you. Our necessity governs action. The warning from outer space was valid. It came from a superior intelligence. An intelligence able to transform energy into matter, and back again. You once told me I was not human. You were correct...
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Better than average Corman science fiction flick, 10 December 2012
Author: Bob-45 from Savannah, GA

"War of the Satellites" is a better than average science fiction flick; which, just means, it is not achingly awful. Roger Corman did some genuine stylish and engrossing Edgar Allen Poe films and the cult classic "Little Shop of Horrors," an amazing film, especially when you realize it was shot over a weekend. However, except for this and "Attack of the Crab Monsters," virtually ever other Corman sci-fi is garbage,largely because of the incredibly kitschy special effects. Here the special effects are passable and the set decoration is fairly good. However, what really distinguishes "War of the Satellites" is actor Richard Devon's mostly dignified performance, mindful of Michael Rennie in "The Day the Earth Stood Still". Even more fascinating about Devon's performance is the subtle bisexuality of his character. Watching Devon is far more interesting than anything else going on around him.

Not to say Dick Miller and Susan Cabot do not contribute a lot. Miller, a stalwartly reliable character actor who worked a lot, has his moments and Susan Cabot, a fine, beautiful actress who never got her due, keep the film moving nicely. I am not certain of the of the young actor who first accuses Devon, but he is effective in a very small role. Actually, the acting and fast pacing are what keep "War of the Satellites" from being a total dud. That and the very good black and white photography.

All and all, a pretty entertaining movie.

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