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Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969)

Doppelgänger (original title)
The European Space Exploration Council sends two astronauts to explore a planet similar to the Earth but located on the opposite side of the sun.



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Complete credited cast:
Colonel Glenn Ross
John Kane
Patrick Wymark ...
Jason Webb
Sharon Ross
Lisa Hartmann
Franco De Rosa ...
Paulo Landi (as Franco Derosa)
George Sewell ...
Mark Neuman
David Poulson (as Edward Bishop)
Dr. Pontini
George Mikell
Doctor Hassler


A planet is discovered in the same orbit as Earth's but is located on the exact opposite side of the sun, making it not visible from Earth. The European Space Exploration Council decide to send American astronaut Glenn Ross and British scientist John Kane via spaceship to explore the other planet. After a disastrous crash-landing Ross awakes to learn that Kane lies near death and that they apparently have returned to Earth, as evidenced by the presence of the Council director and his staff. Released to the custody of his wife, he soon learns things are not as they seem. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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You will meet yourself face-to-face when Earth meets its duplicate in outer space! See more »




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Release Date:

28 August 1969 (Italy)  »

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Journey to the Far Side of the Sun  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.85 : 1
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Ed Bishop replaced Peter Dyneley, after rushes revealed the latter's physical similarity to Patrick Wymark, which was thought likely to confuse audiences. See more »


During the interrogation, the wrist watches are still on the doppelgangers' left wrists and the wedding ring is on the ring finger of the left hand. They should have been reversed. See more »


Desk Sergeant: Your pen, Doctor Hassler.
Doctor Hassler: Sorry, Sergeant.
[removes pen from pocket and hands to sergeant]
Doctor Hassler: (joking) Now my plan is ruined. You see, this is not a pen at all. It's a "secret camera".
Desk Sergeant: Better luck next time, Doctor.
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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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A favorite of mine from my teenage years
8 December 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I never claimed this film to be a masterwork. But, when I was a teenage boy, growing up during the Apollo project and the original Star Trek years, I found this film to be imaginative and thought provoking. The music score was especially to my liking - I didn't realize why at the time, but later in my career I came to understand what a fine composer Barry Gray was (I'm a school band director). The criticism offered in many reviews is unjustified. I recently purchased the DVD edition to add to my collection of 1950-77 sci-fi films (the "pre Star Wars" era). I always have held the film as one of the best of the era, largely because of its appeal to the emotions of "awe" and the film's visual and musical effects. Well worth owning, and far better than most of the junk produced during this era (with exceptions such as George Pal films, and of course, the entire Star Trek franchise).

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