When Worlds Collide (1951)


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First published in 1932, Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer's speculative novel When Worlds Collide was immediately purchased by Paramount as a possible project for director Cecil B. DeMille. But because none of Paramount's scriptwriters were able to come up with an adequate screen treatment, the property lay on the shelf until 1950, when producer George Pal was casting about for a follow-up to his successful sci-fier Destination Moon. Though the film was top-heavy with special effects, Pal was able … More

Rating: G
Genre: Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Sydney Boehm
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On DVD: Sep 25, 2001
Paramount Pictures


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Critic Reviews for When Worlds Collide

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (4)

This probably looks about as stodgy now as it did back then.

Full Review… | June 7, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Top honors for this inter-planetary fantasy rest with the cameramen and special effects technicians rather than with performances of the non-name cast.

Full Review… | June 7, 2007
Top Critic

Mr. Pal barely gets us out there, but this time he doesn't bring us back.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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George Pal's production is better remembered for its apocalyptic special effects than for the perfunctory dialogue, but the gripping story keeps you watching.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Too bad the finale plays like a greeting card you wish someone had just given you the money for instead.

Full Review… | October 9, 2011

Best appreciated for its apocalyptic special effects.

Full Review… | November 11, 2010
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Audience Reviews for When Worlds Collide

The Earth will be destroyed in 8 months time. A group of scientists and many civilians help to create a rocket to allow humanity to continue on. Brilliantly made and such a thoughtful, intese film that really makes you think. Recommended for all.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

A surprisingly intelligent disaster movie and a nice sci-fi gem from the 1950's. Despite the film's low budget, the special effects are quite spectacular and well done (with the exception of the end). The film's ensemble cast is also well rounded and each give respectable performances, with one of the standouts being Larry Keating. The scientific logic may be a little ridiculous, but the movie does a good job in presenting it in a believable manner and getting the audience to be empathetic towards the human character's efforts to save humanity from extinction. The main human character's enemy is time, and tension builds as doomsday draws nearer and nearer. Definitively one of the better sci-fi movies from the 1950's that still mostly holds up today.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

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I know that this movie is not usually regarded as one of the classic or best sci-fi movies of the 50s, even the early 50s, but I think it's highly underrated. Give it a chance and see what you think. The special effects are really very spectacular, especially when you read about how they made the movie. The story has been seen in other movies, of course, but this movie gives you a new look at the end of Earth. This is one of my favourite sci-fi movies.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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