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Earth II (1971)

TV Movie  |  G  |   |  Sci-Fi  |  28 November 1971 (USA)
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Story of the daily operations of a space station called Earth II.

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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
Brian Dewey ...
Matt Karger
Diana Webster ...
Hannah Young
Bart Burns ...
Steiner
John Carter ...
Hazlitt
Herbert Nelson ...
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Serge Tschernisch ...
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Storyline

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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The astronaut's face-plates do not have a bottom edge, and couldn't possibly form a seal. The helmets also are held together at the bottom by a strap, and gaps are visible between the halves rendering them useless as part of a pressure-suit. See more »

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Superior effects
31 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The effects were handled by the same folks who gave us "Marooned" but with a superior edge in design and technical know how. 2001,s Gary Lockwood (Frank Poole of 2001} is cast as a space rescue pilot.

The space shuttles in this feature bare a striking resemblance to our current shuttle design and the space suits are straight out of the NASA play book as the producers used technical help from major sources to ad realism.

One exciting scene of a race against time shows astronauts chasing down a Chinese nuclear satellite as it re-enters earths atmosphere, this scene incorperated early video image technology to generate a shower of sparks creating a burning effect that looked 3-dimensional and will remind you of the slit scan effects used by Douglas Trumball in 2001.

Intended as a TV pilot for a possible ABC series it is not to be confused with The short lived series Earth II 1993-94 featuring Clancy Brown and Tim Curry.

I was enthralled at a network movie of the week of this quality and have seen it repeated on CBS,s Late show in the early 80,s Catch it if you can on sci-fi channel but good luck finding it on DVD or VHS. This picture is still contemporary in style and is worth a look.


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