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War of the Satellites (1958)

An "unknown force" declares war against planet Earth when the United Nations disobeys warnings to cease and desist in its attempts at assembling the first satellite in the atmosphere.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writers:

Irving Block (story), Lawrence L. Goldman (as Lawrence Louis Goldman) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Miller ... Dave Boyer
Susan Cabot ... Sybil Carrington
Richard Devon ... Dr. Pol Van Ponder
Eric Sinclair Eric Sinclair ... Dr. Howard Lazar
Michael Fox ... Jason ibn Akad
Robert Shayne ... Cole Hotchkiss
Jered Barclay Jered Barclay ... John Compo (as Jerry Barclay)
John Brinkley John Brinkley ... Crew Member
Tony Miller Tony Miller
Bruno VeSota ... Mr. LeMoine
Jay Sayer Jay Sayer ... Jay
Mitzi McCall ... Mitzi
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... The President
Beach Dickerson Beach Dickerson ... Crewman with Gun
Jim Knight Jim Knight ... (as James Knight)
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Storyline

An "unknown force" declares war against planet Earth when the United Nations disobeys warnings to cease and desist in its attempts at assembling the first satellite in the atmosphere.

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guerra de los satélites See more »

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Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

From the time this movie was conceived, it was reportedly only eight weeks later that the completed movie was playing in theatres. See more »

Goofs

Most of the action seems to take place in New York, the home of the United Nations (and also based in views of the car license plates). But whenever a newspaper is flashed on the screen, it is always based in either Los Angeles or San Francisco. Further, all satellite launches in the 1950s were from Cape Canaveral in Florida. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Pol Van Ponder: I won't ask anyone to take a risk I wouldn't take myself. I mean to captain my own ship.
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Some War...
17 October 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Roger Corman directed this forgotten(and forgettable) science fiction story about Earth satellites being mysteriously destroyed, only to have it revealed that unknown aliens(who refuse to reveal themselves) are responsible, and that they warn the United Nations to stop launching them, or face destruction. Of course they refuse, leading to infiltration and sabotage on the next manned mission to continue the launches. Perennial second-billed Dick Miller(Roger Corman favorite) is given the heroic lead here, and isn't too bad; it's just a pity it comes in this lifeless and drab film, with little credibility or imagination.


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