Mission Stardust (1967)
"...4 ...3 ...2 ...1 ...morte" (original title)

G  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  November 1968 (USA)
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A team of astronauts is sent to the moon to rescue an alien who is seeking help to save her dying race. They are attacked by a force of bandit robots and discover that enemy spies are out to kill the alien.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lang Jeffries ...
Maj. Perry Rhodan
Essy Persson ...
Luis Dávila ...
Captain Mike Bull
Pinkas Braun ...
Stefano Sibaldi ...
Dr. Frank Haggard
Daniel Martín ...
Captain Flipper
Dr. Manoli
John Bartha ...
General Roon (as Janos Bartha)
John Karlsen ...
Ann Smyrner ...
Dr. Sheridan
Lisa Halvorsen ...
Nurse Silva
Tom Felleghy ...
Mr. Moreland
Gino Marturano
Mirella Pamphili ...
(as Mirella Pompili)
Dakar ...
(as Aleyandro Barrera)


This film is based on the popular pulp novel series Perry Rhodan. The story begins with the spacecraft Stardust being launched from Earth to explore the moon in an attempt to discover new deposits of a new element, much more powerful than Uranium or any other source of energy ever discovered. The plot takes a split approach with the Stardust being taken over by a mysterious force, causing it to land on the Dark side of the Moon, and out of contact with Earth. Meanwhile on earth, an organized crime boss has planted an agent amongst the crew of the Stardust to attempt to take the energy source somehow, if it is found. Soon Perry Rhodan and his crew discover an alien starship which has had to make an emergency landing on the Moon due to technical problems. The ship is commanded by the Alien Crest and the beautiful captain Thora. They are informed that Crest, one of the last great scientists of their dying civilization is very ill.The Stardust's Doctor is asked to examine Crest and he ... Written by Rich Sensale

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The science fiction film that staggers the imagination!


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Release Date:

November 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mission Stardust  »

Box Office


ESP 11,450,477 (Spain)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Italian censorship visa # 49535 delivered on 19-7-1967. See more »


At 11:30, you can see that it was partly cloudy when they filmed the scenes of the astronauts disembarking their spacecraft. The reflection of the clouds and sun are clearly seen on Perry's helmet visor. See more »


Thora: [to Perry Rhodan] Your eyes are very quick... just like your hands.
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Featured in Perry Rhodan - Unser Mann im All (2011) See more »


Composed by Marcello Giombini
[Performed by Edda Dell'Orso and Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni (uncredited)]
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20 August 2004 | by (Minneapolis MN USA) – See all my reviews

I have seen listings for "4-3-2-1 Morte", and "Orbital Mortal" as seperate films. other data suggests 2 films produced at the same time with much the same cast and crew. titles are listed for US english dubbed releases years ago, as "Countdown To Death", and "Mission Stardust". Now this listing says it's all one film, and I have serious doubts. I love "Mission Stardust", though I agree it is not a very faithful Rhodan adaptation. as for the poor effects, I strongly disagree. Antonino Margherhetti's spaceship effects are top notch for the time of the film, and quite lovely in design. Excellent special effects work from a moonlighting director, who had started italian cinematic SF with "Assignment Outer Space"!

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