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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 ... Cmdr. Mike Halstead (as Tony Russell)
Lisa Gastoni ... Lt. Connie Gomez
Massimo Serato ... Mr. Nurmi
Carlo Giustini Carlo Giustini ... Lt. Ken (as Charles Justin)
Franco Nero ... Lt. Jake Jacowitz
Enzo Fiermonte ... General Fowler
Umberto Raho ... General Maitland (as Bert Raho)
Vittorio Bonos Vittorio Bonos ... Undetermined role (as Victor Bonos)
Aldo Canti Aldo Canti ... Gymnasium Victim (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

At the end of a car chase, which is shot in broad daylight, the film cuts to a miniature of the car going off a model railroad-size road and steep embankment (with accompanying unnecessary sparking effects)and crashing at the bottom. The effect is shot taking place at night, despite the fact the preceding chase had just been on a sunlit day. When the scene cuts back from the model to a live scene of the actors investigating the wreck, it is also filmed as a night shot in order to match the previous miniature scene. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Nurmi: Soon she will be ready for the great moment when she and I will become one person; when my flesh will absorb hers. We will be one, one dual person. That will be the perfect combination of my work - the total fusion, the great moment.
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Wild for the eyes
9 June 2005 | by gortxSee all my reviews

Not a bad variation of THE MYSTERIANS crossed with BRAVE NEW WORLD with little WESTWORLD tossed in. I have to say the sets were pretty darn impressive in design for such a low low budget. How many indies have we all sat through that don't even try? Seriously, it surprises me that so many people can see the entertainment value in current day schlock like SKY CAPTAIN, BLADE:TRINITY or THE FORGOTTEN but don't get as big a kick out of vintage stuff like WILD WILD PLANET. For me, I'd rather see it in a low budget film than in a crass Studio product (emphasis on "Product"). But, hey, I loved THE APPLE!

Director Anthony Margheriti was a prolific Italian filmmaker who did a series of 60's SF films and WILD WILD PLANET may have been the best. The film is slow in developing, and you have to question such an extensive use of miniatures when they rarely work (if at all). Still, it's a reminder that it's too bad Italy (and really the rest of the world outside of Asia) have basically given up on trying to compete with the U.S. in the SF genre.


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