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The War of the Planets (1966)

I diafanoidi vengono da Marte (original title)
Approved | | Sci-Fi | 29 November 1968 (West Germany)
In the 21st century, aliens (weird, green, lights which sometimes manifest themselves as large clouds of smoke) invade the solar system. Using Mars as their base, they steal all of Earth's ... See full summary »


Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony M. Dawson)


Renato Moretti (story), Ivan Reiner (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Russel ... Cmdr. Mike Halstead (as Tony Russell)
Lisa Gastoni ... Lt. Connie Gomez (as Jane Fate)
Franco Nero ... Lt. Jake Jacowitz
Carlo Giustini ... Lt. Ken
Enzo Fiermonte ... General Halstead
Linda Sini ... Lt. Tina Marley
Nando Angelini Nando Angelini ... Collins
John Bartha ... Guest from Earth
Marco Bogliani Marco Bogliani ... UDSCO HQ Duty Technician
Calisto Calisti Calisto Calisti ... Captain Jamini
Aldo Canti ... Ed - Tice's Crew #2
Lino Desmond Lino Desmond ... Capt. Jeffries (as Lynn Desmond)
Corinne Fontaine Corinne Fontaine ... Gamma 1 Hostess
Iver Gilborn Iver Gilborn ... UDSCO Doctor #3 (as Iver S. Gilborn)
Franco Lantieri Franco Lantieri ... Capt. Tice
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This is the second film in the Gamma-One series and follows Wild, Wild Planet (a.k.a. I Criminali della Galassia ("Criminals of the Galaxy")) and precedes War Between the Planets (a.k.a. Il Pianeta Errante ("Planet on the Prowl")) and Snow Devils (a.k.a. La Morte Viene dal Pianeta Aytin ("Death Comes From The Planet Aytin")). See more »


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Goodness, gratuitous green lights of fire.
1 January 2010 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Steadfast, but dreary and second-rate low-budget b-grade sci-fi matinée by Italian director Antonio Margheriti (better known for such films as; "Cannibal Apocalypse" and "Naked You Die"). Anyhow "The War of the Planets" (the second addition to the Gamma One series) is typical fodder, that can't escape its over melodramatic sub-plotting with stodgy dialogues and the direction is limply brought across. Its budget shows with the obviously fashionable miniature sets and models… as well as all-out plain and spotty effects (where the aliens are a glowing green mist or light of energy that possesses its victims). Some of the junky space sequences are rather laughable too (like astronauts floating in space, which is clearly by rope). The idea is workable, but the lacklustre execution is less accommodating despite some spaced-out atmospheric visuals and colourful set decors. Textbook performances (with the likes of Tony Russel and Franco Nero) come across shallowly flat, but there seems to be too many characters that at times it got hard to tell which space station / ship the action was focusing on. On the other hand the patchy score remains effectively uncanny. Not entirely awful, but still an utter drag.

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