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Il pianeta degli uomini spenti -- Scientists race against the clock in an attempt to stop a collision between an alien planet and Earth.
Il pianeta degli uomini spenti -- A runaway asteroid dubbed "The Outsider" mysteriously begins orbiting the Earth and threatens it with lethal flying saucers.


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Ennio De Concini (story)
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Release Date:
March 1963 (USA) See more »
A hostile planet...from outer space hurtles toward Earth on a collisin course! See more »
A runaway asteroid dubbed "The Outsider" mysteriously begins orbiting the Earth and threatens it with lethal flying saucers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Solid Early '60s Italian Hard Sci-Fi See more (26 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Claude Rains ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Karlsen ... United Commission Leader (uncredited)

Directed by
Antonio Margheriti  (as Anthony Dawson)
Writing credits
Ennio De Concini (story) (as Vassilij Petrov)

Ennio De Concini (screenplay) (as Vassilij Petrov)

Original Music by
Mario Migliardi 
Cinematography by
Marcello Masciocchi 
Film Editing by
Giorgio Serrallonga  (as Jorge Serrallonga)
Production Design by
Giorgio Giovannini 
Art Direction by
Umberta Cesarano 
Set Decoration by
Massimo Tavazzi 
Makeup Department
Ada Palombi .... hair stylist
Telemaco Tilli .... makeup artist
Marisa Tilly .... assistant makeup artist (as Marisa Tilli)
Production Management
Thomas Sagone .... production manager (as Tommaso Sagone)
Averoe Stefani .... production supervisor (as Averroé Stefani)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Renzo Ragazzi .... assistant director
Sound Department
Giovanni Rossi .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Cesare Allione .... camera operator
Danilo Desideri .... assistant camera
Other crew
Coso Dies .... production secretary (as Cosmo Dies)
George Higgins .... artistical collaborator (as George Higgins III)
Tersicore Kolosoff .... script supervisor (as Tersicore Kolosof)
Nino Masini .... production secretary
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Battle of the Worlds" - USA (dubbed version)
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USA:84 min | Italy:93 min
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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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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Solid Early '60s Italian Hard Sci-Fi, 3 August 2010
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

The appearance of Claude Rains is not the only surprise in Anthony Dawson's Il pianeta degli uomini spenti (A.K.A. Battle of the Worlds). Rains plays an eccentric, reclusive, contemptuous elderly scientist who leads a powerful research team. Professor Benson is the best, and he has little patience for lesser minds. His only link to humanity seems to be Eve (Maya Brent), his assistant. Her coming of age, the insubordination of one of the younger members of his research team, and the impending arrival of an enormous and mysterious space object - The Outsider - combine to challenge "the old man's" carefully-constructed self concept, his arrogance, and, ultimately, the continuation of life on earth.

Ultimately, this is one of Italy's best and most serious sci-fi films, and one of the better early '60s sci-fi films to come out of Europe. The relatively primitive (but creative) effects coupled with the very serious and dramatic tone of the dialog may be difficult for most American viewers. Giorgio Giovannini's soundtrack is jarring and intense. And the excellent, but sometimes surreal, Marcello Masciocchi cinematography won't help the average viewer enjoy this film. The international cast (mostly Americans) does very well.

Given the film's dubious pedigree and silly cliché title, I can certainly understand why some reviewers felt compelled to use the words "cheesy" and "spaghetti" in their reviews. I am tempted to point out that macaroni and cheese is a very tasty dish, but I will refrain. Approach this film with an open mind and you might just be able to get something more than guilty pleasure from it.

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