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When Worlds Collide

G 1951 1h 21m Sci-Fi List
81% Tomatometer 27 Reviews 63% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings
After Dr. Bronson (Hayden Rorke) discovers Zyra, a new planet, fellow astronomer Dr. Hendron (Larry Keating) checks Bronson's data and reaches the horrifying conclusion that Bellus, a star in Zyra's orbit, is doomed to crash into the earth within a matter of months. Meanwhile, Hendron's daughter, Joyce (Barbara Rush), has grown fond of pilot David Randall (Richard Derr), and pleads to have him brought along as a small group is relocated to Zyra to avoid the impending mass destruction. Read More Read Less
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Bob Thomas Associated Press When Worlds Collide continues the current rage for science fiction movies and it is one of our better ones. Aug 5, 2019 Full Review Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader This probably looks about as stodgy now as it did back then. Jun 7, 2007 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Top honors for this inter-planetary fantasy rest with the cameramen and special effects technicians rather than with performances of the non-name cast. Jun 7, 2007 Full Review Christopher Lloyd The Film Yap Though it's a tad hokey and the special effects are embarrassingly dated, this sci-fi disaster flick is more contemplative about the nature of mankind than you'd expect. Rated: 4/5 Jan 9, 2023 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy An example of superior sci-fi cinema. Rated: 3/4 Oct 1, 2022 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia A science fiction film that, even with its narrative inconsistencies, seems quite entertaining to me when it offers its show about the catastrophe of the end of the world. Full review in Spanish Rated: 7/10 Mar 28, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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dave s When Worlds Collide turns out to be a pretty decent apocalypse film. When astronomers discover a pair of planets rocketing towards Earth, their calculations indicate that impact will be made within the year, guaranteeing the annihilation of the planet. Despite a degree of skepticism concerning matters, plans are made to build a craft that will transport forty humans to a new planet, thereby saving the human race from extinction. While the special effects are actually pretty decent considering that the film was shot in 1951, the filmmakers wisely focus on the human elements of the impending disaster, making When Worlds Collide one of the better sci-fi efforts from a decade that produced some notably bad films in the genre. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review robert p A grandiose attempt to present Science Fiction!!! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Good premise. Boring characters. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member A real sci-fi classic with George Pal's fingerprints all over it. Unfortunately that sort of ruined the film for me. He was clearly a devout person and that comes across in a movie that is a metaphor for the fate of all of us. We see it coming, react with the Five Stages, and in the end, are transported to a new and better place. Happy ending complete with puppies! The problem for me, viewing this film from the 21st century, more inclusive perspective, is that Pal seems to think that only white people, and Christian white people at that, have a place in the new world, and when I look over the faces of the people on the spaceship that will save some seed of humanity, I just can't help seeing anything but white. And that sort of wrecks an otherwise strong film for me. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Great old 50's sci-fi classic. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member aka - "The Ultimate in White Flight! When the Suburbs Just Aren't Far Enough!" As I've seen noted, this flick didn't age well for a few reasons, but the most glaring is the complete absence of diversity. Of course, that's true of most movies of that era, but when your premise is about saving a portion of the population in a space ark, it's particularly conspicuous. Fairly decent from a technical standpoint, however. Good looking 50's sci-fi. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis After Dr. Bronson (Hayden Rorke) discovers Zyra, a new planet, fellow astronomer Dr. Hendron (Larry Keating) checks Bronson's data and reaches the horrifying conclusion that Bellus, a star in Zyra's orbit, is doomed to crash into the earth within a matter of months. Meanwhile, Hendron's daughter, Joyce (Barbara Rush), has grown fond of pilot David Randall (Richard Derr), and pleads to have him brought along as a small group is relocated to Zyra to avoid the impending mass destruction.
Director
Rudolph Maté
Producer
George Pal
Screenwriter
Edwin Balmer, Philip Wylie, Sydney Boehm
Production Co
Paramount
Rating
G
Genre
Sci-Fi
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
May 1, 2012
Runtime
1h 21m
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