Before leaving on a decades long mission, astronaut Douglas Stansfield meets a woman and falls in love.



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Commander Douglas Stansfield
Sandra Horn
General Walters
Dr. Bixler
William Swan ...
Don Spruance ...
(as Donald Spruance)


Commander Douglas Stansfield is selected to be the first astronaut to go on a deep space mission. He will be away for 40 years but for much of that, he will be in stasis and on his return he will hardly have aged. Stansfield is a seemingly ideal candidate as he is single and has no close family. Prior to his departure however, he meets the beautiful Sandra Horn and they fall very much in love. Forty years later, Stansfield returns but it seems he and Sandra had their own way of dealing with the 40 years since they last saw each other. Written by garykmcd

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10 January 1964 (USA)  »

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Sandra Horn was born in 1961. See more »


It is said that Stansfield's destination is 141 light years away, his spaceship will travel at 70 times the speed of light, and the trip will take 40 years. If the ship will travel at 70 times the speed of light, a 141 light year journey should only take a little over four years, round trip. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] It may be said with a degree of assurance that not everything that meets the eye is as it appears. Case in point: the scene you're watching. This is not a hospital, not a morgue, not a mausoleum, not an undertaker's parlor of the future. What it is is the belly of a spaceship. It is en route to another planetary system an incredible distance from the Earth. This is the crux of our story, a flight into space. It is also the story of the things that might happen to human beings...
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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: The Long Morrow (2006) See more »

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Star-crossed Love Story
7 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Robert Lansing stars as Commander Douglas Stansfield, who has been selected to go on a solo deep space mission that will last about 40 years. He will be in suspended animation most of the time, but the authorities believe it best that a single man with no ties is the best candidate. As fate would have it, Stansfield falls deeply in love with a woman named Sandra Horn(played by Mariette Hartley). This complicates his mission emotionally, but both think they have found a solution to the age differential problem, but sadly they didn't check with each other first... Two fine performances by the leads highlight this most tragic and ironic star-crossed love story, even if it feels contrived.

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