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The Day the Sky Exploded (1958)

La morte viene dallo spazio (original title)
Not Rated | | Sci-Fi | 27 September 1961 (USA)
Scientists discover that a group of meteors are hurtling on a collison course with Earth, and if they hit, the planet will be destroyed.

Directors:

Paolo Heusch, Mario Bava (uncredited)

Writers:

Virgilio Sabel (story), Marcello Coscia (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Paul Hubschmid ... John McLaren
Madeleine Fischer ... Katy Dandridge (as Madeline Fischer)
Fiorella Mari Fiorella Mari ... Mary McLaren
Ivo Garrani ... Prof. Herbert Weisse
Dario Michaelis Dario Michaelis ... Peter Leduq (as Darrio Michaelis)
Sam Galter Sam Galter ... Randowsky
Jean-Jacques Delbo Jean-Jacques Delbo ... Sergei Boetnikov (as Jean Jacques Delbo)
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Scientists discover that a group of meteors are hurtling on a collison course with Earth, and if they hit, the planet will be destroyed.

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Trivia

In the American version of the credits, Mario Bava is inexplicably misspelled "Mario Baja". See more »

Goofs

In the control room there is a large world map which is drawn very poorly. One would expect such a map to be very accurate, but South America and Africa are clearly distorted. See more »

Crazy Credits

For the English dubbed version, director of photography Mario Bava's name is given as "Mario Baja." His camera operator, Ubaldo Terzano, is listed as "Uraldo Terzano." See more »

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Featured in Chiller Theater: The Day the Sky Exploded (2005) See more »

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Who's in Charge Here?
15 June 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This dubbed Italian film is based on an interesting premise, but then it is so dull, it makes no difference. It begins with a nuclear powered ship sent up with an American in it. He has to abandon rocket somewhere, leaving the full payload up there. Wouldn't you know it, it gets itself hooked up with a grouping of asteroids that begin to head for the Earth. There is then about 45 minutes of hand wringing as they hope it won't hit them. They are hoping that the moon's gravitational pull will disperse the asteroids which are linked by a magnetic field. Newton is spinning like a lathe. A marriage almost breaks up. A couple of hot and bothered scientists can't keep their hands off each other, and eventually someone has to come up with a plan. Meanwhile the earth starts catching fire and tidal waves start, but no reason is given. There is no science here. Don't waste your time. Even as high camp, it doesn't cut the mustard.


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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

27 September 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Morte Vem do Espaço See more »

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