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Assignment: Outer Space (1960)

Space Men (original title)
Unrated | | Sci-Fi | 13 December 1961 (USA)
In the 22nd Century, Ray Peterson, reporter for the Interplanetary News, is assigned to write a story aboard a space station. Tension mounts between Peterson and the station commander, who ... See full summary »

Director:

Antonio Margheriti (as Antony Daisies)

Writers:

Ennio De Concini (as Vassilji Petrov), Jack Wallace
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rik Van Nutter Rik Van Nutter ... Ray Peterson (IZ41) (as Rik Von Nutter)
Gabriella Farinon Gabriella Farinon ... Lucy (Y13) (as Gaby Farinon)
David Montresor David Montresor ... George the Commander
Archie Savage Archie Savage ... Al (X15)
Alain Dijon Alain Dijon ... Archie (Y16)
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... Sullivan (as Frank Fantasia)
Joe Pollini Joe Pollini ... King 116
David Maran David Maran ... Davis
José Néstor José Néstor ... Venus Commander (as Jose Nestor)
Anita Todesco Anita Todesco ... Venus Control
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Storyline

In the 22nd Century, Ray Peterson, reporter for the Interplanetary News, is assigned to write a story aboard a space station. Tension mounts between Peterson and the station commander, who believes he is in the way, but has orders to leave him alone. Errant spaceship Alpha Two enters the solar system and its photon generators are radiating enough heat to destroy Earth as it approaches. It falls to Peterson to try to figure out a way to enter the spaceship, disarm the generators, and escape before suffocating. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Fear awaits ...... in the murky mists of outer space! See more »

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Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

13 December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assignment: Outer Space See more »

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Production Co:

Titanus,Ultra Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

The film takes place in 2116. See more »

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Some of the gauges/meters seen are for tape recorders (% wow and dB meters) and would have nothing to do with the navigation or operation of a spacecraft. See more »

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It's Not As Bad As Some Say It Is
19 August 2009 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

Set on board a space ship in the year 2116, this movie has a number of problems that have to be overcome if you're going to enjoy it at all. First and foremost is the completely wooden and often lifeless acting, which the actors try to compensate for by trying (and failing) to make every scene seem as if it's the most important scene in the movie. There are also some pretty significant plot problems. First, there really is no story until about halfway through the movie. Originally, our intrepid group of explorers are heading to "Galaxy M-12," then they're heading to Mars for some mysterious reason, then they're suddenly diverted to Venus by order of "the High Command." Finally, upon the diversion to Venus, we're told that unless this ship can do something about it, the earth is going to be destroyed by some sort of rogue spaceship. I wasn't entirely clear, though, on why the earth was going to be destroyed. I was a little confused as well about why, half-way into the movie, Ray says "it's Christmas, Lucy." The line just hung there. It came out of nowhere and nothing came from it. So, both the story and the acting are a bit ridiculous. However ...

There are some good points here. Gene Roddenberry is usually given credit for introducing minorities in command positions on "Star Trek," but I thought it was interesting that the engineer on this ship was black (played by Archie Savage, who had previously had minor roles in such movies as "South Pacific" and "The Ten Commandments") - and he was no token. He had important things to do, including a noble act of self-sacrifice. More thought was put into the conditions of outer space and weightlessness than a lot of low-budget sci-fi movies of that era worried about, and the on-board effects were not bad, as the crew clomped about the ship in their magnetic boots. The set was also fairly futuristic looking. Unfortunately, some of the animated space travel was rather poorly done. Once the crisis was introduced, there was a moderate amount of suspense about whether or not the earth could be saved. You know what? This isn't good, but it really isn't as bad as some people say it is. 5/10


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