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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 »

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Cast

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

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9 August 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gamma I Quadrilogy Vol. 1  »

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Trivia

The painting shown at 1:12:30 is "The Garden of Earthly Delight " by Hieronymus Bosch. 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

Biochemical corporation flunky: You can't go in there! You're not authorized personnel!
Jake, Lieutenant: Oh, what a shame.
Biochemical corporation flunky: Besides, I don't have a key.
Cmdr. Mike Halstead: [slowly, as if to a three year old] Oh, you don't have a key? We're magicians! Watch!
[Mike lasers door]
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Wild for the eyes
9 June 2005 | by See 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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