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- Rated: G
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 22 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 24, 2017
- Originally Released: 1951
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hanson & John Hoyt|
|Performer:||Larry Keating, Rachel Ames, Stephen Chase, Frank Cady & Hayden Rorke|
|Directed by||Rudolph Maté|
|Edited by||Arthur P. Schmidt|
|Screenplay by||Sydney Boehm|
|Composition by||Leith Stevens|
|Art Direction by||Albert Nozaki & Hal Pereira|
|Produced by||George Pal|
|Director of Photography:||W. Howard Greene & John F. Seitz|
Academy Awards 1951 - Best Special Effects
...[The film] significantly helped launch the '50s sci-fi boom that influenced many of today's filmmakers...
Rating: 2.5/4 -- If the naive dramatic situations and trite idealism can be ignored, the viewer is in for an amazing spectacle of special effects. Full Review
Rating: B- -- Best appreciated for its apocalyptic special effects. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rating: 2/5 -- Mr. Pal barely gets us out there, but this time he doesn't bring us back. Full Review
New York Times
Rating: 3/5 -- Dated but enjoyable end of the world flick
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Totally outdated by now . . . Full Review
Sci-Fi Movie Page
This probably looks about as stodgy now as it did back then. Full Review
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.
- Shot in Technicolor.
- Robert Brower (Technicolor consultant) and Cheeley Bokestell (technical advisor).
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