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Battle of the Worlds (1961)

Il pianeta degli uomini spenti (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | March 1963 (USA)
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 ... Cmdr. Bob Cole
Umberto Orsini ... Dr. Fred Steele
Maya Brent Maya Brent ... Eve Barnett
Jacqueline Derval Jacqueline Derval ... Cathy Cole
Renzo Palmer ... Barrington
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 ... 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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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Trivia

After "Space Men" (1960)(aka "Assignment: Outer Space"), Ultra Film immediately re-teamed director Antonio Margheriti and writer Ennio De Concini to do this film. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Fred Steele: Most things happen unexpectedly, even the apocalypse!
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Featured in Boys Don't Cry (1999) See more »

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Tries to be intelligent SF, but...
22 October 2002 | by Vigilante-407See all my reviews

The one problem with Battle of the Worlds is that it tries to be a lot of things and doesn't quite pull any of them off. It tries to be a regular Italian space opera. It tries to be intelligent science fiction. Claude Rains definitely tries to make it a monodrama.

Unfortunately, the script doesn't let it be any of these things, and Claude's overacting makes you almost want to take a swing at the poor guy...I'm hoping that he had a good time while he did this movie (since it was really his last film), because it really was fun to watch him in this movie. His performance as a cantankerous, pajama-wearing, genius of a hermit who can answer any problem through calculus just didn't help things, and his character's attitude toward everything that wasn't math or himself make me wonder why his co-workers didn't lock him up in a rubber room.

The effects are a little on the loq quality side, even considering the general quality of Italian Sci-Fi movie SFX, but they don't really detract that much from the movie.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

March 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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