When World Collide

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David Randall is a carefree ladies man and skilled pilot who finds he has been let in on the greatest and most terrible secret in the world when he is paid to deliver some mysterious pictures from one eminent astronomer to another. The recipient, Dr. Hendron, confirms the awful findings of the sender: the planet Zyra will collide with Earth and wipe out all of humanity. Despite widespread disbelief, two philanthropists give Dr. Hendron some of the money he needs to build a rocket ship that will, at least theoretically, take them to Zyra, which may or may not be habitable for humans. The rest of the money comes from Sydney Stanton, a wheelchair-bound old man, who insists he come along, despite the severe limitations on the number of passengers and amount of cargo. Meanwhile, as doomsday approaches, Randall is surprised to find himself in a love triangle with Dr. Hendron's daughter and her fiancé...

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I'd rather the world end than have my film interrupted at random times by loud McDonald's commercials.
By HMC July
When Worlds Collide (1951)
Sci-Fi [USA:Approved, 1 h 23 min]
Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen, John Hoyt
Director: Rudolph Maté
Writers: Edwin Balmer, Sydney Boehm, Philip Wylie
IMDb user rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 6.8/10 (4,066 votes)
David Randall is a carefree ladies man and skilled pilot who finds he has been let in on the greatest and most terrible secret in the world when he is paid to deliver some mysterious pictures from one eminent astronomer to another. The recipient, Dr. Hendron, confirms the awful findings of the sender: the star Bellus will collide with Earth and wipe out all of humanity. Despite widespread disbelief, two philanthropists give Dr. Hendron some of the money he needs to build a rocket ship that will, at least theoretically, take them to Zyra, a planet which is orbiting Bellus which may or may not be habitable for humans. The rest of the money comes from Sydney Stanton, a wheelchair-bound old man, who insists he come along, despite the severe limitations on the number of passengers and amount of cargo. Meanwhile, as doomsday approaches, Randall is surprised to find himself in a love triangle with Dr. Hendron's daughter and her fiancé. Humanity is in peril, and only a modern-day Noah's ark, and the continued need of a man for a woman, can save it.
Critical reception:
Freelance writer Melvin E. Matthews calls the film a "doomsday parable for the nuclear age of the '50s". Emory University physics professor Sidney Perkowitz notes that this film is the first in a long list of movies where "science wielded by a heroic scientist confronts a catastroph v yifi movies
By George Anton February
their new home Planet X
By Natural Mustard December
A sci-fi classic, with love sequences as silly as they come, and spectacular destruction orgies (starting at 42:38) climaxing with the flooding of New York. George Pal scored a hit with this, although "Time Machine" and "War of the Worlds" are more solid films. But this is enjoyable enough, especially when the wickedly selfish John Hoyt is onscreen, railing from his wheelchair. Thanks for sharing!
By Michael Stratford September
A great movie with many memories of my time as a child watching it!
By laughing mann 2 years ago