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Mission Mars (1968)

G | | Sci-Fi | 26 July 1968 (USA)
Three American astronauts who land on Mars discover the body of a frozen Russian cosmonaut and a mysterious talking orb.

Director:

Nicholas Webster (as Nick Webster)

Writers:

Michael St. Clair (as Mike St. Clair), Aubrey Wisberg (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Darren McGavin ... Col. Mike Blaiswick
Nick Adams ... Nick Grant
George De Vries George De Vries ... Duncan
Heather Hewitt Heather Hewitt ... Edith Blaiswick
Michael DeBeausset Michael DeBeausset ... Cliff Lawson
Shirley Parker Shirley Parker ... Alice Grant
Bill Kelly Bill Kelly ... Russian Astronaut
Chuck Zink ... Radio Technician
Ralph Miller Ralph Miller ... Simpson
Art Barker Art Barker ... Doctor
Monroe Myers Monroe Myers ... Lawson's Aide
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Three American astronauts who land on Mars discover the body of a frozen Russian cosmonaut and a mysterious talking orb.

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A Fantastic Adventure into the Unknown! See more »

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Sci-Fi

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Trivia

Darren McGavin would return to Mars as an astronaut in The Martian Chronicles eleven years later. See more »

Goofs

During the flight while still in deep space, Blaiswick walks by a porthole in the ship and it shows a blue sky outside. See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Greatest Movies About Mars (2015) See more »

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No More Tears
Written by Gus Pardalis
Sung by Sturg Pardalis
Music by The Forum Quorum
through special arrangement with Hal Davis
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Background on the film from a participant
8 May 2011 | by lancecoachSee all my reviews

I was there. Here's the true story about the open space helmets on Mars. When Darren McGavin first donned his helmet, it was a bad fit and mashed his nose, his most prominent facial feature. He angrily ripped it off, threw it against the sound stage wall (it shattered), and stomped off the Mars set, vowing not to return until the problem was rectified. With time being money and money scarce on this ultra low budget film, the films designer -- possibly hung over -- rushed out and bought and painted some motorcycle helmets. I, as a gopher and the only person on the crew who could type, was ordered to quickly write a few lines of dialogue indicating that the mission crew back on earth had just discovered that there was sufficient oxygen in the Mars atmosphere to permit simplified helmets that only needed to augment the oxygen supply. (That information was revealed in a brief en route scene on the space ship....which may have been edited out...not sure.)(As another reviewer has noted, I discovered through quick research, that this was considered a possibility.) Thus, Darren was back on the set later the same day. There's also the story of the dump truck which, when backing into the set with a load of "Martian sand," fell through a temporarily constructed plywood covering into a giant pit in the center of the sound stage. It took a day to get it pulled up out of the pit. Why, you ask, was Mars being recreated indoors? Because the day before a local Florida mini-tornado roared through destroying the outdoor Martian landscape it had taken days to construct. Let's face it....it was probably a mistake to film a sci-fi special effects film anywhere in the USA outside of Hollywood. - Lance Webster (the director's son, the 24 and just out of college. Now 68.)


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Language:

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Release Date:

26 July 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Endstation Mars See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA See more »

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