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31 October 1962 (USA) See more »
You are there... on man's most incredible journey!
When an alien artifact discovered on Earth is found to have come from Venus, an international team of astronauts embarks to investigate its origins. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Yôko Tani ... Die japanische Ärztin / Sumiko Ogimura MD
Oldrich Lukes ... Amerikanischer Atomphysiker / Prof. Harringway Hawling

Ignacy Machowski ... Polnischer Chefingenieur / Prof. Saltyk / Prof. Durand
Julius Ongewe ... Afrikanischer Fernsehtechniker / Talua
Michail N. Postnikow ... Sowjetischer Astronaut / Prof. Arsenew / Prof. Orloff
Kurt Rackelmann ... Indischer Mathematiker / Prof. Sikarna
Günther Simon ... Deutscher Pilot / Robert / Raimund Brinkmann
Hua-Ta Tang ... Chinesischer Linguist / Dr. Tchen Yu / Lao Tsu

Lucyna Winnicka ... Fernsehreporterin / Joan Moran (as Lucina Winnicka)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Klaus Bamberg ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Fredy Barten ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Christoph Beyertt ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Karl Brenk ... Bit part (uncredited)
Fritz Decho ... Reporter (uncredited)
Karen Fredersdorf ... Brinkmanns Mutter (uncredited)

Eva-Maria Hagen ... Intervision-Reporter Jeanne Moreau (uncredited)
Karl-Helge Hofstadt ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Peter Kiwitt ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Gertraud Kreissig ... Reporter (uncredited)

Ruth-Maria Kubitschek ... Frau Arsenew (uncredited)
Heinz Kögel ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Hans Ulrich Laufer ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Barbara Leonhard ... Sekretärin (uncredited)
Erich Lie ... Chinese (uncredited)
Omani Mensah ... Afrikanischer Funker (uncredited)
Vera Oelschlegel ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Paul Paulsen ... Bit part (uncredited)
Lieselotte Schmoock ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Horst Schäfer ... Wissenschaftler (uncredited)
Werner Senftleben ... Funker (uncredited)

Danuta Szaflarska ... (voice) (uncredited)
San Din Tscho ... Chinese (uncredited)
Nico Turoff ... Wüstenarbeiter (uncredited)
Eduard von Winterstein ... Wissenschaftler / Weiland (uncredited)

Directed by
Kurt Maetzig 
Writing credits
Stanislaw Lem (novel "Astronauci")

Jan Fethke (adaptation) (as J. Fethke) and
Wolfgang Kohlhaase (adaptation) (as W. Kohlhase) and
Günter Reisch (adaptation) (as G. Reisch) and
Günther Rücker (adaptation) (as G. Rücker) and
Alexander Stenbock-Fermor (adaptation) (as A. Stenbock-Fermor)

Kurt Maetzig (screenplay collaboration)

J. Barkhauer  uncredited

Original Music by
Andrzej Markowski 
Cinematography by
Joachim Hasler 
Film Editing by
Lena Neumann 
Production Design by
Alfred Hirschmeier 
L. Kunka 
Paul Lehmann  (as P. Lehmann)
T. Mystzorek  (as T. Myszorek)
Senta Ochs  (as S. Ochs)
Ryszard Potocki  (as J. Potocki)
Anatol Radzinowicz 
A. Schulz 
W. Schäfer 
Costume Design by
Elli-Charlotte Löffler  (as Elli-Charl. Löffler)
Makeup Department
Christa Grewald .... makeup artist
Alois Strasser .... makeup artist
Production Management
Hans Mahlich .... production manager
Martin Sonnabend .... unit manager
Henryk Szlachet .... unit manager
Edward Zajicek .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Doris Borkmann .... assistant director
Hans-Joachim Kasprzik .... assistant director
Hieronim Przybyl .... assistant director
Art Department
Theo Görgens .... property master: exterior
Sound Department
Kurt Eppers .... sound
Werner Klein .... sound
Andrzej Markowski .... sound effects
Günter Witt .... sound
Special Effects by
Helmut Grewald .... special effects
Ernst Kunstmann .... special effects supervisor
Vera Kunstmann .... special effects
Jan Olejniczak .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Helmut Grewald .... assistant camera
Detlev Hertelt .... assistant camera
Herbert Leistikow .... gaffer
Waltraud Pathenheimer .... still photographer
Music Department
Walter Greene .... music editor
Andrzej Markowski .... conductor: DEFA-Sinfonie-Orchester
Josef von Stroheim .... music editor (as Joseph von Stroheim)
Gordon Zahler .... music provider: US soundtrack
Walter Greene .... composer: stock music, US version (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music, US version (uncredited)
Other crew
Edmund Goldman .... producer: US dubbing
Hugo Grimaldi .... executive dubbing supervisor (US version)
Newton P. Jacobs .... producer, american dubbing
Paul Schreibman .... producer, american dubbing
Hans-Joachim Wallstein .... script editor
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Der schweigende Stern" - East Germany (original title)
"Spaceship Venus Does Not Reply" - , International (English title) (literal English title)
"The Silent Star" - USA (DVD title)
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93 min | USA:79 min | West Germany:80 min | East Germany:95 min (short version: 94')
Color (Agfacolor)
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This large scale East German-Polish co-production was the first to be shot in the Totalvision widescreen process.See more »
Factual errors: One of the crew is injured during the first meteor shower, and has a gauze applied to his head. The next time he's seen the gauze has moved to the side of his head and now has a lot more tape holding it on.See more »


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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Better than "B" Science Fiction, 31 May 2005
Author: wdbasinger ( from Beltsville, Maryland

If I were going to list my favorite 10 science fiction films, this would be one of them. It is too bad that the original German language version is not available (as far as I know), but even though the American release version has some missing footage, the remaining film still is first-rate.

The film features an international cast led by Japanese actress Yoko Tani (good eye candy) and actors/actresses from Germany, Africa, Russia, Czechoslovakia, and France. The special effects from the start of the movie to its end are excellent. The effects as they explore the surface of Venus are particularly eerie and thought-provoking. But, best of all, are the philosophical speculations about the role of space flight in the future of mankind. In addition, the film makes a stern warning against the misuse of science and technology in the pursuit of war and aggression and pleads with all men to apply advances in nuclear and space technology to foster world peace.

10/10 Dan Basinger

P.S. One of the other critics stated that this was the first German science fiction film since "Frau I'm Mond" (1929). This may be the first space film from that country since 1929, but there were other films from Germany that would be considered science fiction. One of these was "Gold" (1934) that dealt with atomic power plants in the transmutation of metals to gold. Some of the footage from "Gold" appeared in the science fiction film "The Magnetic Monster" (1953).

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