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Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969)
"Doppelgänger" (original title)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  11 November 1969 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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Man has conquered the moon with the epic Apollo 11 flight! Now take another momentous journey! See more »

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Gerry Anderson has said in interviews that he had to shoot all the important stuff with Patrick Wymark and Ian Hendry in the mornings because both men well known for being heavy drinkers of the booze would go for liquid lunches and would not be able to do much in the afternoons. See more »

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When Dr. Hassler is developing the film from his eye camera, he does so under a red safelight. However, red light will fog undeveloped film; only photo paper is non-responsive to red light. See more »

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Jason Webb: I've been thinking John, about the second astronaut to accompany Ross.
John Kane: Well Bogemann is the obvious choice, or Mitchell.
Jason Webb: If we want just an astronaut, I agree.
John Kane: But?
Jason Webb: It occurs to me, that we need someone more flexible.
John Kane: Well they're trained to be-
Jason Webb: I mean, in terms of knowledge. Someone who could take full advantage of any findings on the new planet, no matter how bizarre or unusual they happen to be.
John Kane: You mean an astrophysicist. (a beat) Me?
Jason Webb: The idea doesn't appeal to you?
John Kane: You must be joking!
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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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