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Earth II (1971)

Story of the daily operations of a space station called Earth II.

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Scott Hylands ...
Jim Capa
Hari Rhodes ...
Dr. Loren Huxley
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Frank Karger (as Tony Franciosa)
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Lisa Karger
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Walter Dietrich
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Ilyana Kovalefskii
Edward Bell ...
Anton Kovalefskii
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President Charles Carter Durant
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Matt Karger
Diana Webster ...
Hannah Young
Bart Burns ...
Steiner
John Carter ...
Hazlitt
Herbert Nelson ...
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Serge Tschernisch ...
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In the near future, a space station dubbed Earth II is built for the purpose of scientific research and world peace. However, that peace is shattered when the Chinese send up a nuclear bomb that is orbiting just a few miles away from the station. Can the crew disarm the bomb before it detonates, not only destroying the station but setting off World War III? Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Just 10 seconds . . . to save a dream from becoming a nuclear nightmare

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28 November 1971 (USA)  »

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Killersatelliten  »

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Station design from Rice Univ, TX. See more »

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Visible wires holding up the Saturn V third stage / Apollo during the orbital special effects shots. See more »

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17 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this TV-movie when it aired in 1971. I liked it then and saw it a few times in syndication. Now I own it on DVD.

The premise is that an orbiting space station is created by the United States and then is set up as an independent nation named Earth II. This nation is completely democratic, with a council that executes policies for the station. If someone disagree, they can challenge that decision and all the citizens can vote.

A situation occurs where the "no weapons" policy is challenged. A nuclear bomb is orbit around Earth, and passes close to the station on every orbit. The citizens have to make a choice whether to interfere with the bomb, in order to protect themselves and Earth.

The movie stars Gary Lockwood of "2001: A Space Odyssey" fame, Hari Rhodes and Scott Hylands. In a supporting role is Gary Merrill. Since this was probably a pilot, the guest cast included Tony Franciosa and Mariette Hartley.

While the film is dated and some of the science not so accurate, it is still very well done and for science fiction fans, should be seen.

One complaint is that there are two excellent actors playing Chinese representatives. These are Soon-Tek Oh and James Hong. They are uncredited, which is unfortunate.


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