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Conquest of Space (1955)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  20 April 1955 (USA)
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A team of American astronauts leave their space station on the first mission to Mars, but the captain's religious beliefs may get in the way.

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Roy Cooper
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Andre Fodor
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Mrs. Heinz Fodor
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A team of American astronauts leave their space station on the first mission to Mars, but the captain's religious beliefs may get in the way.

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The spaceship model was later used as a background set decoration in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). See more »

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The crew uses Martian "snow" to replenish their water tanks. From what is known now about Mars, the snow would likely be dry ice flakes and would have produced the gas carbon dioxide when they sublimed, not water. See more »

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Narrator: This is a story of tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow, when men have built a station in space, constructed in the form of a great wheel, and set a thousand miles out from the Earth, fixed by gravity, and turning about the world every two hours, serving a double purpose: an observation post in the heavens, and a place where a spaceship can be assembled, and then launched to explore other planets, and the vast universe itself, in the last and greatest adventure of mankind, the ...
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HOW THE FUTURE USED TO BE!
23 November 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Disregard the critics on this one. This unpretentious film has much to offer on many levels. First of all, the acting is very good, especially from first time non-actor Phil Foster, whose primary occupation was that of a 'stand up' comedian.

Also, the performance of the highly under appreciated character actor, Walter Brooke, is a winner. Brooke is believable as the General in charge of the Mars mission, whose mental fabric is rapidly deteriorating under the pressure of evolving religious misgivings about the divine role of humans in space. This challenge to religion, within the framework of a science fiction film, was quite daring for the time.

Although not one of Director George Pal's best, the film, nevertheless, affords an informative and highly entertaining look at how the "future used to be", as viewed by the 50's generation. And incredibly, among all of the things they got wrong, how very much they got right.


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