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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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(story) (as Vassilij Petrov) , (screenplay) (as Vassilij Petrov)
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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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Mrs. Collins: [Reacting to the commotion in the observatory] What's happening, Reynolds?
George Reynolds: Something terrible!
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Earth is threatened yet again
7 November 2005 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

I've just seen Battle of the Worlds for the first time and is very similar to When Worlds Collide, which was made ten years before this in 1951.

A planet is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth and a way is devised to try and stop it. To makes things worse, Earth is attacked by flying saucers from this planet but they are eventually defeated. A party, including Professor Benson then lands on this planet and they manage to blow it up and successfully do so, but with Benson still on there as he refused orders to evacuate. Earth is saved yet again.

Battle Of the Worlds tends to be a little talky and slow moving in parts but the flying saucer scenes are OK. Despite it being talky, it is fairly eerie in parts.

This features a good performance from Claude Rains (The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, The Lost World) as Professor Benson but he is the only star I've heard of in the cast.

To sum up, an average movie but not brilliant.

Rating: 2 and a half stars out of 5.


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