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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 »


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Tony Russel Tony Russel ... Cmdr. Mike Halstead (as Tony Russell)
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Franco Nero ... Lt. Jake Jacowitz
Carlo Giustini Carlo Giustini ... Ken
Enzo Fiermonte Enzo Fiermonte ... Werner
Linda Sini Linda Sini ... Lt. Fina Marlie
Nando Angelini Nando Angelini ... Crewman
Iver Gilborn Iver Gilborn ... (as Iver S. Gilborn)
John Bartha John Bartha
Franco Lantieri Franco Lantieri ... Capt. Tice
Marco Bogliani Marco Bogliani
Renato Montalbano Renato Montalbano
Umberto Raho ... Gen. Paul Maitland (as Bert Raho)
Aldo Canti Aldo Canti
Isarco Ravaioli Isarco Ravaioli


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 space stations then brainwash or kill the crews. Next stop: Earth, unless Tony Russel and his crew can stop them. Written by David (Voards) Lee <voards-forklift@pe.net>

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29 November 1968 (West Germany) See more »

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Gamma I Quadrilogy Vol. 2 See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 46020 delivered on 20-11-1965. See more »


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Cheap sets, boring script
5 July 2004 | by macabro357See all my reviews


Caught this one on TCM and it's typical for Italian space operas of the time, with the notable exception of Mario Bava's PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES (1966).

The main problems are that the script is so poorly thought out, that it was probably written as they filmed each scene on the spot. And the sets look so low budget that even Ed Wood did a more credible job with PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE. At least Ed's film was 'entertaining', unlike this boredom.

Aliens in the form of green smoke and flashing lights take over orbiting space stations around the Earth. It brainwashes some people into committing acts of sabotage while others are just left immobile with a little green tinge to their skin. I guess they did this to keep the film budget down.

It's up to the Earth space forces led by Tony Russell to save the world from the aliens and with pretty Lisa Gastoni (as well as dumb #2, Franco Nero) by his side, we are treated to one of the cheapest looking space battles in cinema history.

I also notice that this film has the MGM logo at the beginning of it. They must have been so desperate for product in 1965 that they had to resort to importing Euro turkeys like this one. Besides which, Anthony Margheriti did much so much better in the horror genre that he should have stuck to it.

So if you're into MST3K-type effluent (which I'm not), then this is the film for you.

2 out of 10

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