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Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968)

Unrated | | Adventure, Sci-Fi
Astronauts landing on Venus encounter dangerous creatures and almost meet some sexy Venusian women who like to sun-bathe in hip-hugging skin-tight pants and seashell brassieres.

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Mary Marr ...
Verba
Paige Lee ...
Twyla
Gennadi Vernov ...
Astronaut Andre Freneau (archive footage) (as Aldo Romani)
Margot Hartman ...
Mayaway
Irene Orton ...
Meriama
Pam Helton ...
Wearie
Frankie Smith ...
Woman of Venus
Georgiy Teykh ...
Capt. Alfred Kern (as James David)
Judy Cowart ...
Woman of Venus
Vladimir Yemelyanov ...
Cmdr. William 'Billy' Lockhart (archive footage) (as Roberto Martelli)
Robin Smith ...
Woman of Venus
Cathie Reimer ...
Woman of Venus
Yuriy Sarantsev ...
Astronaut Howard Sherman (archive footage) (as Ralph Phillips)
Georgi Zhzhyonov ...
Astronaut Hans Walters (archive footage) (as Murray Gerard)
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In 1998, six months after the collision of a meteor and subsequent explosion of a rocket sent to Venus, the team composed by the astronauts Kern and Sherman with the robot John is launched to explore Venus. They arrive in the Space Station Texas for refueling but they have problems while landing in Venus. Without communication, another rocket is launched with Commander Brendan Lockhart, Andre Ferneau and Hans Walter to rescue the first team and explore the planet. They use a vehicle to seek Kern and Sherman, but they are attacked by a flying reptile. They kill the animal without knowing that it is worshiped and considered the God Terah by Venusians women that use their powerful connection with nature to destroy the invaders. Meanwhile John helps the two cosmonauts to survive in the hostile land. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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This is actually a re-edited version of a film previously released in the U.S. as Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965), which itself was an edited and dubbed version of the Soviet film Planeta bur (1962). For this version the already dubbed Russian footage was re-used but the American insert shots of Basil Rathbone and Faith Domergue were removed and new insert shots featuring Mamie Van Doren and other actresses (as inhabitants of Venus) were inserted. Director Peter Bogdanovich did the narration as if he were one of the cosmonauts telling the story in flashback. Some additional special effects shots from another Soviet production, Nebo zovyot (1959), were also added. For this version, the famous shot of the Venusian reflected in the pool of water was removed. See more »

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The "U.S." rocket-ships journeying to Venus bear the red star of the USSR. See more »

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Narrator: Venus... Venus... the planet named after the Goddess of Love. This is... where I left her... 26 million miles away. Because I know she exists. I know she does! I know it! All the time we were there I heard her. Her and that sweet, haunting sound she makes, like the Sirens that tempted Ulysses... You may think I'm crazy back there on Earth. Crazy and still intoxicated by the atmosphere back there. But, wait a minute, I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me tell you the whole story. All of it from ...
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Wonderful rubbish
10 May 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is so awful it's brilliant.

The film is actually a re-edit of a Soviet science fiction film with extra footage of young American girls. Very low budget. The two sets of actors never actually meet.

All the voices are dubbed on afterwards. This covers up the fact that the astronauts are speaking Russian. The "Prehistoric women" communicate through thought waves, so none of them have to talk and act at the same time! I watched this on Sumo TV in the UK. The version I saw still had all the cinema adds spliced in. The adverts for ice cream, popcorn and hot chocolate were still there. There was also an advert for CocaCola.

The whole thing looks like someone had filmed the thing from the stalls on an old Cine camera. Picture blurred and fuzzy, colour almost bleached away.

Unfortunately none of the US actors ever went on to do anything of any significance. The leading lady, Mamie Van Doren, seems to have built her reputation around being a former Hollywood starlet who was supposed to be the next Marylin Monroe and spent five years dating Howard Hughes, from the age of 15! Directed by Peter Bogdanovich (Famous director and also Dr. Elliot Kupferberg in The Sopranos TV series)

Any prospective actor/producer/director should see some of this.


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