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The Phantom Planet (1961)

After an invisible asteroid draws an astronaut and his ship to its surface, he is miniaturized by the phantom planet's exotic atmosphere.

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Herron (as Tony Dexter)
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Judge Eden
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Capt. Leonard
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Akemi Tani ...
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The mysterious appearance of an unknown planet brings miniature people, giant monsters, beautiful women and undaunted heroes to the screen. The self-contained planet "Rheton" has the ability to move in and out of galaxies to escape their enemies. Earth sends an astronaut team to investigate, which discovers miniature people. One astronaut survives to help them fight off monsters and Solorite attacks. Written by Anonymous

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See!! A 6 ft. astronaut shrink to 6 inches before your very eyes! See!! The Moon Maidens! See!! The attack of the Fire People! Staring DOLORES FAITH the Girl from Outer Space! See more »


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13 December 1961 (USA)  »

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El planeta fantasma  »

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Trivia

The film was seen in season 10 episode 2 of Mystery Science Theater 3000. See more »

Goofs

When Chapman is being pulled towards the asteroid he is sitting in the left-hand seat. After it lands he is sitting in the right hand seat. See more »

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Sessom: There are many things you will not understand here. Maybe in time you shall.
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Instead of "The End" the end title reads "The Beginning". See more »

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Welcome to Rheton, planet of the little people
13 January 2006 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

I've seen Phantom Planet a couple of times now and is quite an enjoyable low-budget sci-fi.

An astronaut lands on the planet Rheton and discovers everyone on it are much smaller than him and he shrinks to their size during his time here. He is greeted with hostility at first but they welcome him later. He then helps them to defeat their enemies, the Solorites, ugly monsters with pig-like heads. He succeeds but the one they have got captured on the planet escapes and starts going on the rampage until killed by the astronaut, who also falls in love with one of the girls. The astronaut then goes back to his own size and leaves, and is rescued by another ship.

For a low-budget movie, this is not too bad even though it is unintentionally funny at times, especially the monsters.

The cast includes Dead Fredericks, Collen Gray (The Leech Woman), Anthony Dexter and Francis X Bushman. The man in the monster suit (Solorite) is non other than Richard Kiel, Jaws in the Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker.

Phantom Planet is worth a look, especially for sci-fi fans. Great fun.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.


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