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The War of the Planets (1966)

I diafanoidi vengono da Marte (original title)
Approved | | Sci-Fi | 29 November 1968 (West Germany)
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 »

Director:

Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony M. Dawson)

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Renato Moretti (story), Ivan Reiner (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Russel ... Cmdr. Mike Halstead (as Tony Russell)
Lisa Gastoni ... Lt. Connie Gomez (as Jane Fate)
Franco Nero ... Lt. Jake Jacowitz
Carlo Giustini ... Lt. Ken
Enzo Fiermonte ... General Halstead
Linda Sini ... Lt. Tina Marley
Nando Angelini Nando Angelini ... Tice's Crew #2
Iver Gilborn Iver Gilborn ... UDSCO Doctor #3 (as Iver S. Gilborn)
John Bartha ... Werner
Franco Lantieri Franco Lantieri ... Capt. Tice
Marco Bogliani Marco Bogliani
Aldo Canti Aldo Canti ... Tice's Crew
Isarco Ravaioli Isarco Ravaioli ... UDSCO HQ Duty Technician
Renato Montalbano Renato Montalbano ... Flagship Weapons Officer
Claudio Scarchilli Claudio Scarchilli ... Archie (as Claude Shackley)
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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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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

29 November 1968 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Cmdr. Mike Halstead: He's gone Galaxy!
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Followed by Snow Devils (1967) See more »

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Italian SF 60's style from Il Maestro Antonio Margheriti
18 November 2005 | by gortxSee all my reviews

One of the four GAMMA series SF films from Italy's Antonio Margheriti. Not as "wild" as WILD WILD PLANET, but still fun in colorful low-budget vein. This time, the space crew has to battle a race of aliens who turn men into mindless slaves via a green gas. Reminiscent of stuff going back to INVADERS FROM MARS and IT CONQUERED THE WORLD, not to mention the loosely concurrent STAR TREK pilot "THE CAGE", it has a visual flair that helps it move past a very slow middle act.

But, all cult film fans will at least want to tune into the First act with what is certainly cinema's most bizarre New Year's Eve celebration with space-walking astronauts literally spinning and floating in formation! And wait 'til you see the big finale! All this to Italian 60's lounge rock courtesy of Angelo Francesco Lavagnino. The film shares with other Euro SF films of the period decidedly 'mod' music sequences (the famous STAR WARS 'Cantina' sequence has nothing on this stuff) - I.E. Germany's SPACE PATROL and even something as sober as the Czech classic VOYAGE TO THE END OF THE UNIVERSE.

Far from classic, but it was a fun period in Italian SF. Though one has to be careful when attributing dialog to the dubbed USA versions, this one has a doozy -- An astronaut has been "taken over" by the aliens, which sparks the comment: "He's gone Galactic!" Too bad the TCM print you are most likely to see isn't Letterboxed (as so much of their vault is). (the closing credits are letterboxed)


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