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Battle of the Worlds (1961)

Il pianeta degli uomini spenti (original title)
Unrated | | Sci-Fi | March 1963 (USA)
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A runaway asteroid dubbed "The Outsider" mysteriously begins orbiting the Earth and threatens it with lethal flying saucers.

Director:

Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony Dawson)

Writers:

Ennio De Concini (story) (as Vassilij Petrov), Ennio De Concini (screenplay) (as Vassilij Petrov)
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Complete credited cast:
Claude Rains ... Prof. Benson
Bill Carter Bill Carter ... Cmdr. Bob Cole
Umberto Orsini ... Dr. Fred Steele
Maya Brent Maya Brent ... Eve Barnett
Jacqueline Derval Jacqueline Derval ... Cathy Cole
Renzo Palmer Renzo Palmer ... Barrington
Carlo D'Angelo Carlo D'Angelo ... Gen. Varreck (as Carlo d'Angelo)
Carol Danell Carol Danell ... Mrs. Collins
Jim Dolen Jim Dolen ... Boyd
Joe Pollini Joe Pollini ... Pat (as Joseph Pollini)
John Stacy John Stacy ... Dr. Cornfield
Aldo D'Ambrosio Aldo D'Ambrosio ... United Commission Member
Massimo Righi ... Lewis Boyd
Giuliano Gemma ... Moran
Annamaria Mustari Annamaria Mustari ... (as Anna Maria Mustari)
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Storyline

A stray planet on a collision course with Earth instead takes orbit around our blue marble. What seems like a dead planet suddenly launches a fleet of flying saucers which attack our space fleets. Written by Humberto Amador

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A hostile planet...from outer space hurtles toward Earth on a collisin course! See more »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

March 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle of the Worlds See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color
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Dr. Fred Steele: Most things happen unexpectedly, even the apocalypse!
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Battle to stay awake
4 September 2012 | by ctomvelu1See all my reviews

Forgettable early 1960s Italian-made space opera -- except for one thing. That one thing is 70-year-old Claude Rains playing a mad scientist. An asteroid that looks remarkably like a real planet and not all like a hunk of rock begins orbiting the Earth and sends out flying saucers that attack our space fleet. Before the military destroys it, a team of astronauts, including Rains, is sent to the asteroid to have a look at what's inside. Mostly, they find miles of suspended plastic tubing. Very talky, but anytime Rains is on-screen, the movie comes to life. His character is as daffy as the mad scientist he played in "The Invisible Man." Special effects are pathetic and the dubbing is typical for an Italian cheapie of the period.


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