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The War of the Planets (1966)

I diafanoidi vengono da Marte (original title)
Approved | | Sci-Fi | 22 July 1966 (Italy)
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 »

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Tony Russel ...
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Lt. Connie Gomez (as Jane Fate)
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Lt. Jake Jacowitz
Carlo Giustini ...
Ken
Enzo Fiermonte ...
Werner
Linda Sini ...
Lt. Fina Marlie
Nando Angelini ...
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Iver Gilborn ...
(as Iver S. Gilborn)
John Bartha
Franco Lantieri ...
Capt. Tice
Marco Bogliani
Renato Montalbano
Umberto Raho ...
Gen. Paul Maitland (as Bert Raho)
Aldo Canti
Isarco Ravaioli
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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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Gamma I Quadrilogy Vol. 2  »

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

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Lt. Connie Gomez: You space idiot, you!
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Followed by War Between the Planets (1966) See more »

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Probably not Italy's finest cinematic export!
28 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

While this is a rather poor sci-fi film, for the time it wasn't all that bad. While compared to the artistry of "2001" which debuted just two years later it comes up severely lacking, all sci-fi from around 1966 was pretty shabby compared to the groundbreaking "2001". So, cut this cheesy Italian film a bit of slack when it comes to special effects! Now I am not saying it's all that good a film. But, at least it is watchable.

"The War of the Planets" begins in the near future. Space travel is routine and things look a bit like "The Jetsons" in this film. However, when a strange greenish cloud-like 'thing' appears in the sky, BAD things will follow! A group of astronauts are transformed into zombie-like people--who are A LOT like the "Star Trek" notion of The Borg. In other words, the infected people all think as one and are emotionless jerks. Can they be stopped or will everyone become duller than Dick Cavett on Valium?! The film has the usual 60s fare--the usual sort of spacey outfits , silly paranoid plot and sexist banter. It's all a bit silly but for fans of cheesy sci-fi (and I am one), it's all enjoyable silliness. Not all bad--and the plot idea wasn't bad at all.


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