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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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Cast

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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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

March 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After the less than stellar distribution of the previous film, "Assignment: Outer Space" (1960) in the US, Ultra Film decided it could improve its performance in the lucrative US market for this film by adding a "name" American actor. Claude Rains had just played the grumpy Prof. Challenger in the remake of "The Lost World" (1960) and decided that he would be perfect to play the grumpy Prof. Benson in this film. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Fred Steele: George, those meteorites are messing up everything!
George Reynolds: Whatta expect on an August night?
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Earth is threatened yet again
7 November 2005 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

I've just seen Battle of the Worlds for the first time and is very similar to When Worlds Collide, which was made ten years before this in 1951.

A planet is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth and a way is devised to try and stop it. To makes things worse, Earth is attacked by flying saucers from this planet but they are eventually defeated. A party, including Professor Benson then lands on this planet and they manage to blow it up and successfully do so, but with Benson still on there as he refused orders to evacuate. Earth is saved yet again.

Battle Of the Worlds tends to be a little talky and slow moving in parts but the flying saucer scenes are OK. Despite it being talky, it is fairly eerie in parts.

This features a good performance from Claude Rains (The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, The Lost World) as Professor Benson but he is the only star I've heard of in the cast.

To sum up, an average movie but not brilliant.

Rating: 2 and a half stars out of 5.


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