OMICRON (1963) Reviews and overview of alien sci-fi comedy

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Omicron is a 1963 comedic sci-fi film in which an alien variant takes over the dead body of an Earthling to learn about our weaknesses… so his race can take over our planet. There are obvious political and societal sub-texts related to 1960s society.

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Written and directed by Ugo Gregoretti. The Italian-French co-production stars Renato Salvatori, Rosemary Dexter (Eye in the Labyrinth aka Blood), Franco Luzzi, Gaetano Quartararo, Mara Carisi and Giuliana Corbellini.

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Reviews:

” …sporadically funny comedy. Gregoretti’s direction is intelligent and the reanimation sequences are excellent, but too much of the humour falls flat as when the alien works machines with amazing rapidity, becomes involved with a strike and falls in love.” The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction

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” …it gives Renato Salvatori a chance to engage in some truly creative visual comedy, especially when his character is learning how to control his body. The plot appears to revolve around his job, in which he becomes super-competent, but he eventually ends up taking part in a strike.” Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings

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Omicron may be an alien invader, but he’s just a working stiff like the rest of us. On the debit side, however, the climax is mishandled and far from satisfying. Given what’s gone before, it’s quite a disappointment. Comedy sometimes struggles to cross international boundaries, but here’s an example which is witty, engaging and also has something to say.” Mark David Welsh

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Cast and characters:

Renato Salvatori … Omicron / Angelo
Rosemary Dexter … Lucia
Franco Luzzi
Gaetano Quartararo … Midollo
Mara Carisi … Mrs Midollo
Giuliana Corbellini
Vittorio Calef
Ida Serasini … Widow Piattino
Calisto Calisti … Torchio
Fausto De Luca
Dante Di Pinto … Police Inspector

Notes:

Omicron is the fifteenth letter of the Greek alphabet. Omicron is used to designate the fifteenth star in a constellation group, its ordinal placement an irregular function of both magnitude and position.

On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization declared a new variant of COVID-19 of worldwide concern, naming it Omicron according to the WHO naming system (the B.1.1.529 variant was first reported in South Africa on November 24, 2021). Since then, some survivalist conspiracy theorists have already suggested the Omicron movie was some kind of bizarre prophecy due to its end of humanity alien theme. However, it should be emphatically noted that this 1963 Italian sci-fi comedy film clearly has no relation to 21st-century coronavirus.

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This film should not be confused with the 2013 American movie The Visitor from Planet Omicron which stars Inge Jaklyn and Sally Kirkland.

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