Actors: Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, John Hoyt, Leroy Keating, Peter Hansen
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about When Worlds Collide|
|Astronomers calculate that a large star, Bellus, is hurtling toward Earth and will destroy it within 8 months. Circling Bellus is an Earth-like planet dubbed Zyra by its discoverer, which might sustain human life if people can escape to it before Earth is destroyed. A small group of scientists and believers, including a pilot from South Africa named David Randall (Derr) and the scientist daughter of one of the astronomers named Joyce Hedron (Rush) labor to build the necessary rocket transport and choose its passengers in time. Joyce's fiance, Dr. Tony Drake, is part of the team and must deal with her growing attraction to Randall, and a crotchety millionaire (Hoyt) helps to complete the financing for the mission but keeps insisting on doing things his way. This colorful 1951 movie, based on a superior novel by Edwin Balmer and Philip Wylie and produced by George Pal, was a pioneering SF classic but looks rather dated today.
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
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|Analysis of When Worlds Collide|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzle - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
**Fantasy or Science Fiction?**
- science fiction story
- method of transportation
- dealing with a crashing asteroid
- pilot, civilian
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- (man) short/medium wavy
- average (man)
Events of movie makes character more...
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor?
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Brown)
- (woman) medium/shoulderlgn, straight
How much in movie?
- White (American)
- not employed but independently wealthy
- emotionally unstable
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- (man) short/standard straight
- fat (man)
- Smarter than most other characters
- missing body parts/abilities
How sensitive is this character?
- mean, arrogant
- 20th Century (1950-1970)
- futuristic human freighter/transport
A substantial portion of this movie takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- empty, or nearly empty world
Takes place on Earth?
Planet outside our solar system?
Takes place in spaceship?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Tone of movie
Kinds of F/X
- exotic alien landscape
Is this movie based on a
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