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The Wild, Wild Planet (1966)

I criminali della galassia (original title)
Approved | | Sci-Fi | 9 August 1967 (USA)
A deranged scientist is using his employer's top-secret bio-laboratory to engage in clandestine eugenics experiments. When he starts kidnapping leading citizens for use in his twisted tests... See full summary »

Director:

Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony Dawson)

Writers:

Ivan Reiner (original screenplay), Renato Moretti
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Russel Tony Russel ... Cmdr. Mike Halstead (as Tony Russell)
Lisa Gastoni ... Lt. Connie Gomez
Massimo Serato ... Mr. Nurmi
Carlo Giustini Carlo Giustini ... Ken, Lieutenant (as Charles Justin)
Franco Nero ... Jake, Lieutenant
Enzo Fiermonte Enzo Fiermonte ... General Fowler
Umberto Raho ... General Maitland (as Bert Raho)
Vittorio Bonos Vittorio Bonos ... Undetermined role (as Victor Bonos)
Aldo Canti Aldo Canti ... (as Aldo Kant)
Franco Doria Franco Doria ... Anton Fryd, as a dwarf (as Frank Doris)
Margherita Horowitz Margherita Horowitz ... Mrs. Fowler (as Margaret Norowitz)
Carlo Kechler Carlo Kechler ... Werner (as Karl Mechler)
Rodolfo Lodi Rodolfo Lodi ... Claridge (as Rudolph Lodin)
Renato Montalbano Renato Montalbano ... Detective
Piero Pastore Piero Pastore ... Scientist on Planet Delfos (as Peter Pastor)
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Storyline

A deranged scientist is using his employer's top-secret bio-laboratory to engage in clandestine eugenics experiments. When he starts kidnapping leading citizens for use in his twisted tests, it's up to rogue cop Mike Halstead to come to the rescue of all and sundry, including his lady friend Connie, who is also being held captive by the madman. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Taglines:

WILD is the Word For This World!

Genres:

Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

9 August 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gamma I Quadrilogy Vol. 1 See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film, The War of the Planets (1966), War Between the Planets (1966) and Snow Devils (1967) (the "Gamma One Quadrilogy") were all shot at the same time in order to save money. See more »

Goofs

When Halstead picks up the phone to take a report, there are only nine buttons on the bottom, labeled one through nine. So there is no way to dial a zero. See more »

Quotes

Cmdr. Mike Halstead: Proteo, Proteo wherefore art thou Proteo.
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some nice visuals too talky for its own good
23 June 2013 | by Mathis_VogelSee all my reviews

An early example of Italian sci-fi, Wild,Wild Planet could have been a lot more fun had the story dealt with less abstract issues. What ultimately prevents one from enjoying this film full-on is Tony Russell in the lead who just can't elevate his primitive character saddled with lousy dialogue above the average 'good guy action hero' level. Some awful costume design and occasionally too-predictable sound design don't help things, either. Massimo Serato acquits himself well as a mad scientist, too bad his character is absent throughout the middle section the film. Very nice to see Umberto Raho in a supporting role, not to mention the rising star Franco Nero. There are lots and lots of obvious yet still amazing miniature shots some of which are integrated into the rest of the footage with commendable ingenuity. Margheriti saves the pyrotechnics display for the grand finale.

Watch Wild Wild Planet for the cinematography, sporadic and drawn-out fisticuffs and amusing futuristic designs. It's all a bit boring but worth a look for Margheriti enthusiasts.


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