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Il pianeta degli uomini spenti (1961)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  March 1963 (USA)
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A runaway asteroid dubbed "The Outsider" mysteriously begins orbiting the Earth and threatens it with lethal flying saucers.

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Prof. Benson
Bill Carter ...
Cmdr. Bob Cole
Umberto Orsini ...
Dr. Fred Steele
Maya Brent ...
Eve Barnett
Jacqueline Derval ...
Mrs. Collins
Renzo Palmer ...
Barrington
Carlo D'Angelo ...
Gen. Varreck (as Carlo d'Angelo)
Carol Danell ...
Cathy Cole
Jim Dolen ...
Boyd
Joe Pollini ...
Pat (as Joseph Pollini)
John Stacy ...
Dr. Cornfield
Aldo D'Ambrosio ...
United Commission Member
Massimo Righi ...
Lewis Boyd
Giuliano Gemma ...
Moran
Annamaria Mustari ...
(as Anna Maria Mustari)
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A stray planet on a collision course with Earth instead takes orbit around our blue marble. What seems like a dead planet suddenly launches a fleet of flying saucers which attack our space fleets. Written by Humberto Amador

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Battle of the Worlds  »

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When Bob Cole says "this is the space zone to be scanned" after receiving the information on the planet from the Earth base, he gives the pilot the piece of paper with the information on it, but the pilot does not actually grab the paper, and it flutters to the ground. The pilot then leaves without picking it up or checking the information. See more »

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Dr. Fred Steele: Most things happen unexpectedly, even the apocalypse!
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Claude Rains Throws This Over His Shoulder and Runs With It
8 July 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Antonio Margheriti's Battle of the Worlds is about as scientifically sound as your average Buck Rogers serial so if you can't forgive the jaw dropping plot twists as they unfold skip this one. If you are game for an evening of retro Italian space opera this is certainly one to watch. A mysterious planet enters the solar system causing consternation on the Mars base and on earth which appears to be in the path of 'The Outsider'. Only Professor Benson suspects the true nature of the planet and it's inhabitants and his scientific team can save humankind. Despite the limitations of the low end special effects and the mumbo-jumbo, Claude Rains blows through his scenes like an acting hurricane and carries Battle of the Worlds along at a brisk, compelling pace. His Professor Benson is such a well drawn, fascinating character that it bathes the film in a credibility it would otherwise lack. rains forces you to suspend your disbelief and gives you a reason to care. It's quite fun.


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