USA Today - 09/28/2001
"...[The film] significantly helped launch the '50s sci-fi boom that influenced many of today's filmmakers..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
An impending collision with a runaway star signals the destruction of Earth. The government refuses to listen to scientists, but private industrialists finance the building of a spaceship, which will carry a limited number of people to another planet to begin a new civilization. As doomsday approaches, they race against time and the panic of those who will be left behind. The potential pulverizing impact of the collision, the massive tidal waves and devastating earthquakes, and the final cosmic smashup make a chilling panorama of disaster. The balance between human and planetary drama is excellently maintained as the movie builds to its fascinating, unforgettable climax.
In this beloved George Pal (WAR OF THE WORLDS)-produced sci-fi classic. A dying star hurls through space on a collision course with Earth, with no way to stop it. The hope of the planet's citizens lies in the hands of pilot Dave Randall (Richard Derr) and astronomer Doc Hendron (Larry Keating), who will supervise the construction and flight of an interplanetary craft that will carry a handfull of humans to start the race anew on another planet. Academy Award nominations: 2, including Best (Color) Cinematography. Academy Awards: Best Special Effects.
A scientist concocts a frightening theory about two planets rotating around each other in outer space. He believes that one of the orbs is destined to crash into planet Earth, thus destroying life as we know it. But he also has a plan. The astronomer teams up with a sympathetic pilot, and the two construct a sort of modern space ark. They hope it will save a lucky group of humans by flying them all to safety on the surface of a surviving planet.
I love 50's sci-fi.
Movie Lover: Wanda Lowery from
Jackson, TN US -- June, 29, 2010
I love this movie for a number of reasons. It's scares me to death,first of all. When I first seen it I was about 8 years old. I was scare to close my eyes at night, because Ithought the world would just blow up. I know better now. Of course you never know. I love the quality of the movie. It,s in good condition, for a old 50's movie. And I'm a fan of the old tech-color movies. They're very colorful and detailed. After all the many years, I can't stop watching it. Check it out! You'll love it.
Movie Lover: Jeffery A Prince from
Skiatook., OK US -- November, 19, 2006
This is a great movie to collect for those who like the classic Sc-Fi movies. It has been cleaned up and restored nicely. It looks great on a widescreen HDTV which I have. I would recommend that you pick this one up today.
A Good Example of Human Nature
Movie Lover: Paul Wax from
Teaneck, NJ US -- May, 20, 2006
I first saw this movie as the second billing with War of the Worlds back in the mid 50's at the Fulton Theater in Jersey City (yes, they had two movies for the price of one, with several short subjects, cartoons, and serials) for a Saturday Morning Matinee with my friend George. It was not as good as The War of the Worlds (see my review of that one!), but it was, nevertheless, very interesting!
Anyhow, here's a situation in which another planet (and star?) is coming near the Earth and will surely destroy us - but wait!
There's the old crotchety crippled business tycoon who is funding the building of a modern "Noah's Ark" - a spaceship that will take a selected (by lottery) number of people (of course, only US citizens) to another planet that is considered to be habitable. Certainly, he's not going to give up his seat! Anyhow, the "hero" (one of the younger men in the movie) and his girlfriend are involved in the development of the ship, and of course, by means of a manipulative and contrived plot - get to go. It's quite an interesting view of human nature - and the movie does that quite well. The special effects? Pretty good for those days - see NYC being destroyed (wouldn't YOU want to?) by massive floods, and other cities become tombs of death for millions.
Well, if you watch this movie, you won't be so worried about Al-Qeda - they are nothing in comparison to the forces of Mother Nature and what she possibly could do as shown in this movie!