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Visit to a Small Planet (1960) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.0 Import - Spain ]

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Spain released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: When a space alien's fascination with Earthlings gets the better of him, he breaks one of his planet's laws and speeds off to visit the blue planet. Once there the alien (Jerry Lewis) encounters a nice family who kindly take him in. The father is a news commentator. Ironically, just prior to meeting the visitor, he had just aired a piece in which he derided all notions of extraterrestrial visits. In exchange for having them teach him about human ways, he uses his many fantastic powers to help them. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Oscar Academy Awards, ...Visit to a Small Planet (1960)

Product Details

  • Actors: Jerry Lewis, Joan Blackman, Earl Holliman, Fred Clark, John Williams
  • Directors: Norman Taurog
  • Producers: Visit to a Small Planet (1960)
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 80.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008ZDRTYE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,508 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Gore Vidal penned the story upon which this film is based. Originally a satire on the Cold War, the film turns this story into more of a farce, much safer fare for Hollywood that didn't want to be seen as criticizing the government during the Cold War (shades of McCarthy still roamed the Hollywood Hills). Still, this is a reasonably good comedy for the time period. Jerry Lewis plays his favourite character - himself - as an alien schoolboy (Lewis' stock characters were usually much younger than he himself was) infatuated with the Earth. However, not taking into account the time lapse caused by the speed of light, the images of Earth he has been seeing are of the Civil War; his space ship manages to arrive on Earth about a hundred years later. He drops into a home in the South, where people are dressed for a costume party (complete with a Jefferson Davis). Lewis' character, Kreton (cretan), combines his own ignorance with the ignorance of the humans he encounters - the difference, of course, is that Kreton doesn't have a particular political angle to support among the Earthlings, and therefore can approach things a bit more objectively, albeit (since this is Lewis) in a slapstick fashion.

At first, the humans he encounter don't want to accept the reality of aliens; Kreton convinces them, but along the way some become fearful, and others become intrigued. Character actor John Williams plays Devlin, the long-suffering teacher of Kreton, who allows his wayward pupil to try to get the 'Earth obsession' out of his system. Earl Holliman and Joan Blackman play a couple trying to figure out their future; Gale Gordon (perhaps best known as one of the Mr. Wilsons in 'Dennis the Menace' or as Lucille Ball's boss, Mr.
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This is one Jerry Lewis movie that is certainly hard to find today. It follows him as a visitor from outer space adopting to human behavior in 1960. The person that wrote this script was none other than well respected author,Gore Vidal. It does have its funny moments which is typical Jerry Lewis. Okay entertainment nevertheless!
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Well done for the time it was produced as an adaptation of a screen play.

Most likely a lot more appealing if you were born in the 1040's or 1950's and were raised on a diet of films by the comedians of the time such as Jerry Lewis. Furthermore, one would also carry an appreciation of how space travel and aliens were viewed as the Cold War was chilling global relations. My favorite early Cold War films will always be The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Return to the Forbidden Planet. By comparison this was a light-hearted farce All-in-all an enjoyable nostalgia film.
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If you like goofy and you like Jerry Lewis this is a gas. His dance scene is the most.
I usually don't like Jerry Lewis movies. They are goofy to the point of a silly waste of time. But somehow I dig this one,. I think it's because it's not just Jerry. The comedy writing is real gone. And you even have that hip-cat Buddy Rich wailing on the skins.

If you need a break from squaresville...blast off for Beatsville.........Daddy-O
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And even though I am learning not all his stuff is funny, I like it for different reasons, seeing only two sides of him growing up, funny and telethon, I am learning a lot more now that I'm watching these movies.
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I'm anything but a Jerry Lewis fan, but I enjoyed this movie immensely just the same. That may be more due to the creativity of the writing, and my preference for sci-fi.

Lewis's slapstick style did not seem to get in the way here, the way it normally does for me. Perhaps that is due to the need to suspend disbelief when watching sci-fi; Lewis's methods are out-of-place with any movie needing realism.

That said, the special effects and science concepts must have been well ahead of their time when you consider that this movie came out in 1960.

It's one of the best (if not THE best) combinations of comedy and sci-fi that I have ever seen.
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Gore Vidal's writing is as excellent as ever in this 1960s classic sci-fi comedy, though it is a film adaptation of his play with the same title "Visit To a Small Planet". The acting was superb, as was the directing and production. Though, now, the science is a bit out of date -- for instance we now know the universe to be 13.7 billion lightyears across instead of only 8 million as stated in the film. But then, it's a mistake to get hung up on those details with a film like this. The point of it is that it's a bit of slapstick comedy with social commentary and satire. I highly recommend this film.
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I saw Visit To A Small Planet when I was a teenager and a few times after that. What a delight it was to get to see it again!!
Jerry Lewis is in his element in Visit to a Small Planet. The film is unique, funny and thoroughly enjoyable. Jerry plays a "youngster" named Creton who is still in school on a planet where emotions are non existent. He is very curious about Earth and sneaks off for a visit. What happens to Creton with the humans and Creton's teacher is hilarious! Visit To A Small Planet is not a serious film not is it just fluff. It is just pure entertainment!
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