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Battle of the Worlds (1961)

Il pianeta degli uomini spenti (original title)
Unrated | | Sci-Fi | March 1963 (USA)
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A runaway asteroid dubbed "The Outsider" mysteriously begins orbiting the Earth and threatens it with lethal flying saucers.

Director:

Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony Dawson)

Writers:

Ennio De Concini (story) (as Vassilij Petrov), Ennio De Concini (screenplay) (as Vassilij Petrov)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claude Rains ... Prof. Benson
Bill Carter ... Cmdr. Bob Cole
Umberto Orsini ... Dr. Fred Steele
Maya Brent Maya Brent ... Eve Barnett
Jacqueline Derval Jacqueline Derval ... Cathy Cole
Renzo Palmer Renzo Palmer ... Barrington
Carlo D'Angelo Carlo D'Angelo ... Gen. Varreck (as Carlo d'Angelo)
Carol Danell Carol Danell ... Mrs. Collins
Jim Dolen Jim Dolen ... Boyd
Joe Pollini Joe Pollini ... Pat (as Joseph Pollini)
John Stacy John Stacy ... Dr. Cornfield
Aldo D'Ambrosio Aldo D'Ambrosio ... United Commission Member
Massimo Righi ... Lewis Boyd
Giuliano Gemma ... Moran
Annamaria Mustari Annamaria Mustari ... (as Anna Maria Mustari)
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Storyline

A stray planet on a collision course with Earth instead takes orbit around our blue marble. What seems like a dead planet suddenly launches a fleet of flying saucers which attack our space fleets. Written by Humberto Amador

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A hostile planet...from outer space hurtles toward Earth on a collisin course! See more »

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Sci-Fi

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

March 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle of the Worlds See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After the less than stellar distribution of the previous film, "Assignment: Outer Space" (1960) in the US, Ultra Film decided it could improve its performance in the lucrative US market for this film by adding a "name" American actor. Claude Rains had just played the grumpy Prof. Challenger in the remake of "The Lost World" (1960) and decided that he would be perfect to play the grumpy Prof. Benson in this film. See more »

Quotes

Eve Barnett: [Speaking of "The Outsider"] Professor, you act as if it's your personal property.
Cmdr. Robert Cole: Science is nobody's personal property!
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Some of my favorite cheese...
31 August 2002 | by scifiguy-2See all my reviews

I happened to see this many times in the 1960's, at kiddie matinees in the theater. Imagine 50 cents for a triple feature every weekend, for years on end. There were a lot of dog films, but this one stood out with decent f/x and unique sound effects. It's one of the earliest space-operas depicting dog fighting ships in space, preceded only by the 1959 Toho production of "Battle In Outer Space". Say what you want about the bad voice dubbing and the unknown Italian cast. Films like this were not being produced in the U.S. during this period, due to lack of effects technology, and budget constraints. At the time, it was a bold attempt in a genre that was just beginning. Jaded modern viewers should see this in context within the history of fantasy films. Pure science fiction was rare during this period, and a treat for fans at the time. Claude Rains has some very good dialouge, as a cynical mathmatician guiding efforts to thwart alien invaders. The ships are well conceived, with the footage re-used in later films. Unfortunately, the editing is choppy and the video transfers that exist are very poor. It would be nice to see a widescreen restoration.


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