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Release Date:
29 July 1966 (Italy) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ... Cmdr. Rod Jackson (as Jack Stuart)
Ombretta Colli ... Lt. Terry Sanchez (as Amber Collins)
Enzo Fiermonte ... Gen. Norton

Halina Zalewska ... Janet Norton (as Alina Zalewska)
Goffredo Unger ... Perkinson (as Freddy Unger)
Pietro Martellanza ... Dubrowski (as Peter Martell)
John Bartha ... Dr. Smith
Marco Bogliani
Vera Dolen
Renato Montalbano
Giuliano Raffaelli
Franco Ressel
Nino Vingelli
Piero Pastore
Maria Pia Conte
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nestore Cavaricci ... Control room technician (uncredited)

Les Tremayne ... Gen. Norton (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Antonio Margheriti  (as Anthony Dawson)
Writing credits
Ivan Reiner (story) &
Renato Moretti (story) (as Ralph Moody)

Ivan Reiner (screenplay) &
Renato Moretti (screenplay) (as Ralph Moody)

Produced by
Joseph Fryd .... producer
Walter Manley .... associate producer
Antonio Margheriti .... producer (as Anthony Margheriti)
Ivan Reiner .... associate producer
Original Music by
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino 
Cinematography by
Riccardo Pallottini 
Film Editing by
Otello Colangeli 
Production Design by
Piero Poletto 
Costume Design by
Berenice Sparano 
Makeup Department
Italia Cambi .... hair stylist
Euclide Santoli .... makeup artist
Production Management
Renato De Pasqualis .... production supervisor
Giovanni Masini .... production manager (as John Masin)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ruggero Deodato .... first assistant director
Nino Fruscella .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Fausto Achilli .... sound mixer
Vittorio Massi .... sound engineer
Sandro Occhetti .... sound mixer (as Sandro Ochetti)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gastone Di Giovanni .... camera operator
Angelo Pennoni .... still photographer
Giovanni Raffaldi .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Maria Napoleoni .... assistant editor (as Maria Napoleone)
Other crew
Eva Koltay .... script supervisor
Rodolfo Mecacci .... production secretary
Archie Savage .... choreographer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il pianeta errante" - Italy (original title)
"Gamma I Quadrilogy Vol. 3" - USA (series title)
"Planet on the Prowl" - USA (TV title)
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80 min | USA:77 min (remastered)
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Did You Know?

Cmdr. Rod Jackson:This thing is obviously determined to crash its way through the Universe.
Lt. Terry Sanchez:We won't let it.
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Referenced in Django: The One and Only (2003) (V)See more »


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Galactic Gnocchi, 22 July 2010
Author: ferbs54 from United States

The years 1965 and '66 were busy times for Italian director Antonio Margheriti, working, as he was, on no less than three shlock classics in the spaghetti sci-fi genre (amongst other projects!). Those three films were "The Wild, Wild Planet," "The War of the Planets" and "War Between the Planets," and for those who prefer their spaghetti covered with loads of grated cheese, these films will surely fit the bill. "War Between the Planets" (1966) is fairly representative of the lot. In this one, a 25-mile-wide rogue asteroid (hardly a planet at all) approaches Earth and causes widespread catastrophes due to its gravitational fluctuations, so a United Democracies space team, under the command of granite-jawed Rod Jackson, sets out from the Gamma 1 spacewheel to destroy the darn thing. Typical for these rigatoni space operas, the FX on display are cheaply realized and often laffable, but that is not the problem here; tacky FX can often be endearing. More problematic is the lackluster script and the often confusing, often boring "action" sequences. Half the dialogue of the film seems to be comprised of technobabble (such as "Checker feed is a constant 100 propulsion," "Recon Gamma, keep your flight course on 0800," "Come in on gyro," "Correct our position by 22 degrees on your quadrant 6"), and that sort of gobbledygook gets old pretty quickly. Even worse, many of the film's plot points (such as a love triangle of sorts that Jackson is involved in, and that switched-helmet confusion at the picture's end) fizzle out to nothingness, and the matter of the rogue asteroid being, apparently, a living thing, a la Solaris, with a breathing, jellylike surface and cablelike arteries that bleed when cut, is never even discussed! In the lead role, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart is thoroughly unlikable as the butt-clenched Jackson, a factor that might have torpedoed this film all on its ownsome; the actor would be much more sympathetic that same year in the Mario Bava masterpiece "Kill, Baby, Kill." So is there ANYTHING that I did enjoy about this deep-space pasta? Well, I suppose some of the background music was kinda freaky, and Ombretta Colli (as Gamma 1's resident redheaded space babe, Terry Sanchez) was sorta hot, and that antimatter explosion at the end, all two seconds of it, looked pretty cool. And that's really about it! Basically, "War Between the Planets" is as stultifying as sci-fi gets, and is best observed by those under the influence of some ergot-based concoction....

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