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Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969) More at IMDbPro »Doppelgänger (original title)

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Release Date:
28 August 1969 (Italy) See more »
You will meet yourself face-to-face when Earth meets its duplicate in outer space! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Flawed but fascinating. Possibly the most underrated SF movie of the 1960s. See more (60 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Roy Thinnes ... Colonel Glenn Ross

Ian Hendry ... John Kane
Patrick Wymark ... Jason Webb

Lynn Loring ... Sharon Ross

Loni von Friedl ... Lisa Hartmann
Franco De Rosa ... Paulo Landi (as Franco Derosa)

George Sewell ... Mark Neuman

Ed Bishop ... David Poulson (as Edward Bishop)

Philip Madoc ... Dr. Pontini

Vladek Sheybal ... Psychiatrist
George Mikell ... Captain Ross

Herbert Lom ... Doctor Hassler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keith Alexander ... EuroSEC Launch Controller (uncredited)

Anthony Chinn ... Mongolian Rescue Crew Member (uncredited)

Nicholas Courtney ... Medical Data Analyst (uncredited)
Maxwell Craig ... Suit Technician (uncredited)
Cy Grant ... Dr. Gordon (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Annette Kerr ... Nurse (uncredited)
Martin King ... Dove Service Technician (uncredited)
Basil Moss ... Monitoring Station Technician (uncredited)
Norma Ronald ... Pam Kirby, Webb's Secretary (uncredited)
John Stone ... London Delegate (uncredited)
Peter van Dissel ... Mallory (uncredited)
Jeremy Wilkin ... Trajectory Analyst (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Parrish 
Writing credits
Gerry Anderson (story) &
Sylvia Anderson (story)

Gerry Anderson (screenplay) &
Sylvia Anderson (screenplay) and
Donald James (screenplay)

Produced by
Gerry Anderson .... producer
Sylvia Anderson .... producer
Ernest Holding .... associate producer
Original Music by
Barry Gray 
Cinematography by
John Read (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Len Walter 
Art Direction by
Bob Bell 
Makeup Department
Barbara Ritchie .... hair stylist
Geoffrey Rodway .... makeup artist
Production Management
Brian Burgess .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John O'Connor .... assistant director
Art Department
Philip Bawcombe .... assistant art director
Chris Burke .... assistant art director
Don Fagan .... instrumentation and special props
Reg Hill .... additional designer
Wally Hill .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ted Karnon .... sound recordist
John Peverill .... sound editor
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist
Harry Fairbairn .... boom operator (uncredited)
Jim Hopkins .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Norman Foster .... special effects production manager
Tony Dunsterville .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Derek Meddings .... visual effects director
Harry Oakes .... special effects lighting cameraman
Camera and Electrical Department
Godfrey A. Godar .... camera operator (as Godfrey Godar)
Paul Jordan .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gloria Barnes .... wardrobe mistress
Elsa Fennell .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Margaret Miller .... assistant editor
Location Management
Ivo Nightingale .... location manager
Music Department
Barry Gray .... conductor
Other crew
Joan Davis .... continuity
Julie Leighton-White .... production secretary
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Doppelgänger" - UK (original title)
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101 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Many of the sets, costumes and vehicles (and even some of the cast members) were reused in Gerry Anderson's TV series "UFO" (1970).See more »
Miscellaneous: The protagonist is surprised by a driver on the wrong side of the road but he does not even mention the fact that the steering wheel would be in the other side of the car than what he is used to if everything is reversed.See more »
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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Movie Connections:
References "Stingray" (1964)See more »


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37 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Flawed but fascinating. Possibly the most underrated SF movie of the 1960s., 26 November 2002
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

'Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun' is quite possibly the most underrated SF movie of the 1960s. It certainly has some flaws - especially the lack of character development, and a few ponderous sequences seemingly modeled on '2001: A Space Odyssey', released the previous year - but if you overlook them you'll find a quietly intelligent and fascinating movie that deserves to be rediscovered. The brains behind this movie were Gerry and Sylvia Anderson best remembered for their wildly entertaining marionette TV shows such as 'The Thunderbirds'. This movie was their first foray into live action SF and in some ways was the precursor to their 1970s cult series 'UFO'. Ed Bishop, George Sewell and some of the other supporting cast members went on from this movie to that TV show. The real stars however are Roy Thinnes, best known at the time for 'The Invaders', and Brit character actors Ian Hendry and Patrick Wymark. Hendry was the star of the little seen first series of 'The Avengers', and also appeared in Polanski's disturbing 'Repulsion' (alongside Wymark), and the camp classic 'Theatre Of Blood' with horror legend Vincent Price. Wymark appeared in another Price movie 'The Conqueror Worm', and starred in 'Blood On Satan's Claw'. Thinnes, Hendry and Wymark are all very good in this movie, albeit a little too cold and remote for my liking, but that is obviously the script's failing not the performers. I haven't mentioned much about the plot of the movie wary of spoiling it for those who have never seen it. Suffice to say it involves the discovery of a hereto unknown planet in our solar system. The less you know about it after that the more you will enjoy it. Overall, despite the script problems and one or two other minor criticisms I highly recommend this movie to all SF fans who prefer ideas over action.

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