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Joachim Hellwig (dramatisation)
Gottfried Kolditz (writer)
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1 July 1976 (East Germany) See more »
After a six year journey, the Spaceship Cyrno lands on the planet TEM 4 from where they had received a call for help... See more » | Add synopsis »
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It's really bad AND good at the same time--what a weird film! See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)
Jana Brejchová ... Akala
Alfred Struwe ... Suko
Ekkehard Schall ... Chief
Milan Beli ... Ronk
Silvia Popovici ... Illik (as Sylvia Popovici)
Violeta Andrei ... Rall
Leon Niemczyk ... Thob
Regine Heintze ... Miu
Mihai Mereuta ... Kte
Stefan Mihailescu-Braila ... Xik
Aurelia Dumitrescu ... Chta
Zephi Alsec

Directed by
Gottfried Kolditz 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joachim Hellwig  dramatisation
Gottfried Kolditz  writer

Original Music by
Karl-Ernst Sasse 
Cinematography by
Peter Süring 
Film Editing by
Christa Helwig 
Production Design by
Gerhard Helwig 
Costume Design by
Katrin Johnsen 
Makeup Department
Bernhard Kalisch .... makeup artist
Regina Reinhard .... makeup artist
Production Management
Werner Fritzsche .... assistant production manager
Helmut Klein .... production leader
Horst Schmidt .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sigrid Meyer .... assistant director
Art Department
Hans-Joachim Schwarz .... set builder
Peter Zakrzewski .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Chris Müller .... sound (as Christian Müller)
Christfried Sobczyk .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Kurt Marks .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Dieter Lück .... camera operator
Heinz Pufahl .... assistant camera
Other crew
Cornel Patrichi .... choreographer
Inka Unverzagt .... choreographer

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95 min
Color (ORWO-Color)

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According to director of photography Peter Süring, the scenes in Romania (mud volcanoes and salt mines) were the first to be shot. The film laboratory at the Romanian National Film Studios in Buftea were used to processing Eastman Kodak stock, and were initially unable to process the East German ORWO negative. After re-calibrating the Romanian lab equipment, it was able to process the ORWO stock, albeit with a soft contrast look that the director and DP liked. As a result, all of the footage subsequently shot at the Babelsberg Studios in East Germany was shipped on a daily basis to Romania for processing.See more »


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It's really bad AND good at the same time--what a weird film!, 12 July 2008
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I had no idea that the East Germans had made sci-fi films and this was my introduction to them. In many ways, the movie really is bad but most of these ways actually make it rather fun to watch. And, in a few ways, the film actually was pretty good--the plot, after a while, actually turned out to be pretty good.

A space ship from planet Cynro arrives from across the galaxy in response to a distress call. The rocket, oddly, nearly crashes as it's landing. Despite the great distance they traveled, the inhabitants (the Temians) insist there is no emergency on their planet. Then they invite the members of the crew to come to a really, really stupid party--at which time, scantily clad women dance about in strangely choreographed ways that were laughably bad. In addition, the Temians used mind control beams to convince the Cynro that everything was fine and that they should return to their home planet at once. However, one member of the crew did not go to the party and get probed and he is shocked when later the rest of the crew are so quick to return home and ignore that a distress call DID come from the planet and that their emergency landing was actually caused by the Temians! Still, the crew refuse to listen--having had their minds gently scrambled. There's a lot more to the film as well as the secrets the Temians are trying to hide--but I'd rather not spoil your fun. Plus, this aspect of the movie really is interesting.

What I liked about the movie was its kitschy moments that seemed totally random. For example, in addition to lots of bad dancing, nudity was tossed in at the oddest moments and the leader (a fat bald guy) kept bizarrely changing his hair color for no particular reason. All the oddness was pretty silly and it did tend to distract from a decent overall plot. However, I am sure that bad film buffs will probably enjoy all this weirdness and have a good laugh at the tacky 1970s touches that abound in this freaky film.

By the way, though I DON'T want to divulge the plot, I could see some communist ideology there about the exploitation of the proletariat as well as parallels (believe it or not) to the Cold War.

Oddly compelling and silly at the same time.

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