Winner of the 1951 Academy Award for Best Special Effects, this science fiction extravaganza set a new standard for the realistic depiction of cinematic disasters. Of course, it's a quaint curiosity by today's technological standards, but as produced by visual effects pioneer George Pal, this story of Earth's collision with a runaway star is still a dazzling example of screen sci-fi from the '50s, when special effects were entering a new stage of advancement. Despite scientists' warnings about the star's destructive potential, government officials refuse to take action that could cause international panic, but a consortium of private industrialists prepare for the worst by building a gigantic spaceship--an ark for humanity to begin life anew on a distant planet. Who will be chosen to go, and who left behind? As earthquakes roar and massive tidal waves devastate entire cities, the huge rocket prepares for take-off from its miles-long launching ramp--ready to abandon the shattered Earth! Although it's more enjoyable now as a cinematic museum piece, When Worlds Collide remains a milestone of its kind, leading the way for many more screen disasters that followed this movie's still-worthy example. --Jeff Shannon
Faster paced than the book (of the same name). More personal drama for the leads as well. Still, this is one of my favourite "end of the world" flicks. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hale & Hardy
this 1951, in technicolour, film is a fine classic produced by George Pal. There is science, astronomers, engineers, meteor...
Nope, not a meteor. Read more
Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and recorded as a 1965 hit single by The Animals.
The star named Bellus is about to engage The Earth dispatching all of humanity... Read more
I haven't purchased this, but DVDs usually (not always) are better quality than what you copy onto VHS from TV, so I look forward to eventually buying. Read morePublished on July 3 2004 by SonoranArizonan
There are a handful of 1950's sci-fi movies that have a big reputation - When Worlds Collide, The Thing From Another World, Forbidden Planet, and The Day the Earth Stood Still. Read morePublished on June 19 2004 by K. Gittins
Well the fact is this movie is outdated. It's matte paints look like matte paintings, done very cheaply. Read morePublished on May 20 2004
I've seen this movie several times over the years, most recently on AMC (or was it Turner Classics?). Read morePublished on April 12 2004