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This 1975 NASA documentary narrated by the great Orson Welles delves into the possibilities of extraterrestrial life as gleaned from the results of planetary probes, interstellar discoveries and findings about the nature of life itself. | Add synopsis »
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Orson Welles ... Host
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Ashley Montagu ... Himself

Carl Sagan

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28 min | USA:35 min (video version)

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Are Aliens Out There?, 30 May 2015
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Who's Out There? (1975)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

The title question is asked throughout this 28-minute documentary but rarely is it actually answered. Orson Welles narrates and hosts this documentary that starts off with him reading from H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds and then talking about his own stunt and what the author thought about it. We also hear some interviews from those who were afraid of the radio broadcast. From here the subject pretty much turns to whether or not there's life on other planets and we get some stories about Mars and why life could be out there.

When you view this documentary in current times, there's no question that things are quite dated and a lot of the things said here have been proved false since then. Still, this film remains slightly entertaining thanks in large part to Welles and that terrific voice as well as getting to hear some stories about his legendary radio broadcast. This portion of the film only lasts a few minutes so one shouldn't come into this expecting too many details. As for the rest of the film, I'd say it's certainly less entertaining but it's mildly interesting to see how this subject was looked at in 1975.

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