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The War of the Planets (1966)
"I diafanoidi vengono da Marte" (original title)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  4 June 1966 (Italy)
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In the 21st century, aliens (weird, green, lights which sometimes manifest themselves as large clouds of smoke) invade the solar system. Using Mars as their base, they steal all of Earth's ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Russel ...
Cmdr. Mike Halstead
Lisa Gastoni ...
Lt. Connie Gomez (as Jane Fate)
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Lt. Jake Jacowitx
Carlo Giustini ...
Capt. Jaques Dubois
Enzo Fiermonte ...
Ken
Linda Sini ...
Lt. Fina Marlie
Nando Angelini ...
Capt. Tice (Recon)
John Bartha ...
(as John Barth)
Marco Bogliani ...
(as Mark Bollen)
Calisto Calisti
Aldo Canti ...
(as Aldo Kant)
Lynn Desmond
Corinne Fontaine
Iver Gilborn ...
(as Iver S. Gilborn)
Franco Lantieri ...
(as Frank Lantier)
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In the 21st century, aliens (weird, green, lights which sometimes manifest themselves as large clouds of smoke) invade the solar system. Using Mars as their base, they steal all of Earth's space stations then brainwash or kill the crews. Next stop: Earth, unless Tony Russel and his crew can stop them. Written by David (Voards) Lee <voards-forklift@pe.net>

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4 June 1966 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Gamma I Quadrilogy Vol. 2  »

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1.85 : 1
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Goodness, gratuitous green lights of fire.
1 January 2010 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Steadfast, but dreary and second-rate low-budget b-grade sci-fi matinée by Italian director Antonio Margheriti (better known for such films as; "Cannibal Apocalypse" and "Naked You Die"). Anyhow "The War of the Planets" (the second addition to the Gamma One series) is typical fodder, that can't escape its over melodramatic sub-plotting with stodgy dialogues and the direction is limply brought across. Its budget shows with the obviously fashionable miniature sets and models… as well as all-out plain and spotty effects (where the aliens are a glowing green mist or light of energy that possesses its victims). Some of the junky space sequences are rather laughable too (like astronauts floating in space, which is clearly by rope). The idea is workable, but the lacklustre execution is less accommodating despite some spaced-out atmospheric visuals and colourful set decors. Textbook performances (with the likes of Tony Russel and Franco Nero) come across shallowly flat, but there seems to be too many characters that at times it got hard to tell which space station / ship the action was focusing on. On the other hand the patchy score remains effectively uncanny. Not entirely awful, but still an utter drag.


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