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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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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:

Color
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Quotes

Dr. Fred Steele: George, those meteorites are messing up everything!
George Reynolds: Whatta expect on an August night?
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An interesting and atmospheric movie.
24 January 2003 | by m-fanSee all my reviews

The mysterious sounding music of the main title when the film starts sets the pace for the whole movie, which is laid-back yet enchanting (especially if watched at night).

It is not hardly a typical space battle type picture so this should not be expected. As a matter of fact this movie shows a much more realistic viewing of what space travel will be like when it finally becomes common place. For example the rockets are propelled by some type of gas, and permission has to be given from mission control before engines are started, and rocket courses and accelerations have to take into account things like planet gravity and possible g forces on the crew.

The main characters are interesting and even though it is overdubbed the dialog is good, with a few exceptions which are fun to laugh at. The acting by Claude Rains is very good, and you can actually feel sympathy for professor Benson, who has nothing to keep him going but science (and Eve though he finds it hard to admit it even to himself).

The story is interesting and has a few twists to it that keep things moving along. The movie also presents an interesting commentary on possible future government-military-industrial and international organization. This movie might not fit everyone's taste, yet people who sometimes enjoy laid-back atmospheric fantasies should enjoy it.


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