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Release Date:
29 July 1966 (Italy) See more »
The earth is surrounded by floods, earthquakes and disasters.
Scientists try to prevent a collision between Earth and a planet that is heading for it. | Add synopsis »
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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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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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6 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Dull Italian grade Z space opera, 26 January 2003
Author: alphawoolf2001

The plot as listed in the description is inaccurate. It's really about energy beings (well, green lights and smoke) trying to take over the Earth's space patrol on New Year's Eve. After some space stations and their zombified crews disappear, an emissary zombie invites the hero and his men back to their base on Mars for no apparent reason. Once there, the aliens give the humans every opportunity to defeat them, which they eventually do by breaking a window and running away. The whole place goes up like a model with gasoline poured on it, which is exactly what it is. Our heroes make it back to a posh hotel lobby to laugh about it all over drinks. Phew! Stinkaroonie!

That brief description leaves out some of the funnier details: the actors' endless knob-twiddling on the goofy sets, attempts to suggest weightlessness by walking funny, and demonstrating high-G forces by grimacing or merely sinking a bit lower in their chairs. Oh, and don't miss the New Year's Eve TV special featuring space dancing in the first few minutes!

The model special effects are sparse but passable by the standards of the time - at least there aren't any visible wires on the spaceships. The actors appear to be speaking English but are dubbed, presumably due to their Italian accents. Even then the dialogue seems to have been written with a flawed understanding of English ("Retro! Retro! Retro!"). If you watch this in the right frame of mind (i.e. MST3K) with friends, you may extract some enjoyment from it. Otherwise, this makes "The Green Slime" look like "Lawrence of Arabia"!

Interesting note: The stated goal of the aliens to take everyone over "For the good of the whole" is a fore-runner of the Star Trek's Borg "You will be assimilated" threat.

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