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The Sky Calls (1959)

Nebo zovyot (original title)
Two countries race to have the first successful landing on Mars.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ivan Pereverzev ...
Yevgeny Petrovich Kornev
Aleksandr Shvorin ...
Andrei Gordienko (Craig Matthews - US)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Barrett ...
(U.S. version) (voice)
Konstantin Bartashevich ...
Klark (as K. Bartashevich)
Mikhail Belousov
Larisa Borisenko ...
Olvra (as L. Borisenko)
V. Chernyak ...
Gregori Vasilivich Somov
Viktor Dobrovolsky ...
Demchenko (as V. Dobrovolsky)
Frederick Farley ...
(U.S. version) (voice)
Sergey Filimonov ...
Troyan (as S. Filimonov)
Mary Kannon ...
(U.S. version) (voice)
Taisiya Litvinenko ...
Lena
Lawrence Loben ...
(U.S. version) (voice)
Lev Lobov ...
Sashko (as L. Lobov)
Edd Perry ...
(U.S. version) (voice)
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Two countries race to have the first successful landing on Mars.

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The gigantic battle! - which race will win ... and rule the universe? See more »

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1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Battle Beyond the Sun  »

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Trivia

Roger Corman bought the US rights to this film, re-edited it and released it as "Battle Beyond the Sun". See more »

Goofs

In the re-edited U.S. version under the title "Battle Beyond the Sun" the same dolly shot of women waving is used twice. The first is when the rocket is landing back on Earth. Only minutes later, when the cosmonauts have left the rocket, the exact same shot is used again. See more »

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Another Russian classic ruined by Roger.
12 April 2013 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

1997: after a catastrophic atomic war, the Earth has divided into two rival nations, the North Hemis and the South Hemis, both sides locked in a battle to be the first to land on Mars.

Battle Beyond the Sun started life as a state-sponsored Russian sci-fi movie called Nebo Zovyat— a breath-taking, prophetic vision of the Soviet Union's journey into space; in the disrespectful hands of opportunistic producer Roger Corman and a young and eager-to-please Francis Ford Coppola, what was once awe-inspiring becomes laughable, the pair badly dubbing and drastically re-editing the original two hour epic to a mere 64-minutes of clumsy space melodrama (albeit it with impressive effects), 'enhanced' by silly inserts of space monsters that look suspiciously like genitalia.

It's dull going as the two nations race to the 'Red Planet' only to fail with the finishing line in sight, and the feel-good moral of the tale—that rival nations must co-operate if they want to achieve truly great things—does little to compensate for the sheer shoddiness of the whole cut-and-paste approach and the frustrating fact that the wonders of Mars remain unseen.


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