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First Spaceship on Venus (1960)

Der schweigende Stern (original title)
Unrated | | Sci-Fi | 31 October 1962 (USA)
When an alien artifact discovered on Earth is found to have come from Venus, an international team of astronauts embarks to investigate its origins.

Director:

Kurt Maetzig

Writers:

Stanislaw Lem (novel), Jan Fethke (adaptation) (as J. Fethke) | 5 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Yôko Tani ... Die japanische Ärztin / Sumiko Ogimura MD (as Yoko Tani)
Oldrich Lukes Oldrich Lukes ... Amerikanischer Atomphysiker / Prof. Harringway Hawling
Ignacy Machowski ... Polnischer Chefingenieur / Prof. Saltyk / Prof. Durand
Julius Ongewe Julius Ongewe ... Afrikanischer Fernsehtechniker / Talua
Mikhail N. Postnikov Mikhail N. Postnikov ... Sowjetischer Astronaut / Prof. Arsenew / Prof. Orloff (as Michail N. Postnikow)
Kurt Rackelmann Kurt Rackelmann ... Indischer Mathematiker / Prof. Sikarna
Günther Simon Günther Simon ... Deutscher Pilot / Robert / Raimund Brinkmann
Hua-Ta Tang Hua-Ta Tang ... Chinesischer Linguist / Dr. Tchen Yu / Lao Tsu (as Tang Hua-Ta)
Lucyna Winnicka ... Fernsehreporterin / Joan Moran (as Lucina Winnicka)
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Storyline

(U.S. Version) A mysterious magnetic spool found during a construction project is discovered to have originated from Venus. A rocket expedition to Venus is launched to discover the origin of the spool and the race that created it. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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You are there... on man's most incredible journey! See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The German version contains a reference to one of the professors having his career stalled when he was thrown out of the university by the Nazis. Director and co-writer Kurt Maetzig had his career stalled by the Nazis because his mother was Jewish. See more »

Goofs

During an excursion on the surface of Venus, one of the crew damages his suit and he radios that his air is leaking out. Assuming his suit pressure is roughly Earth normal, the problem would be that the Venusian atmosphere (mostly carbon dioxide) was leaking in because the air pressure on the surface of Venus is dozens of times more dense than Earth's. His suit should inflate, not deflate. See more »

Alternate Versions

This film was released in the United States as _First Spaceship on Venus (1962)_. This version was edited down to 80 minutes, dubbed into English, and had Andrzej Markowski's score replaced by a stock score prepared by Gordon Zahler of the General Music Corporation. See more »

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Good old sci fi
26 February 2001 | by jake-179See all my reviews

This movie suprised me. I thought I was going to see a cheesy old science fiction movie. But this movie, for its time, is actually really good. The special effects are pretty impressive for a film this old, and I love the design of the spaceship. I have no idea what kind of budget this movie was done on, but there are a lot of scenes in this movie that look BIG budget! The sets are very impressive, lavish and expansive. And the enviornment of Venus is detailed, spooky, and bizarre. I didn't care for the little plastic spiders, I thought that was distractingly goofy. I was very suprised to see such a forward thinking and racially diversified cast. For its time, such diversity was totally unheard of. Its a little long and slightly boring, but for good old fashioned sci fi, with cool alien landscapes and bizarre spaceships, this is a must see. Thats why I am rating this movie fairly high, giving it an 8.


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Country:

East Germany | Poland

Language:

German

Release Date:

31 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (short)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Agfacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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