Mission Stardust ()

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A team of astronauts is sent to the moon to rescue an alien who is seeking help to save her dying race. They are attacked by a force of bandit robots and discover that enemy spies are out to kill the alien.


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Maj. Perry Rhodan
Capt. Mike Bull
Stefano Sibaldi ...
Dr. Frank Haggard
Capt. Flipper
Dr. Manoli
Gen. Roon (as Janos Bartha)
Dr. Sheridan
Lisa Halvorsen ...
Nurse Silva
Tom Felleghy ...
Mr. Moreland
Gino Marturano
(as Mirella Pompili)
(as Aleyandro Barrera)
Car Seller
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruno Ariè ...
Car Seller's Henchman (uncredited)
Alessandro Tedeschi ...
Control Room Technician (uncredited)

Directed by

Primo Zeglio

Written by

Kurt Vogelmann ... (screenplay) (as K.H. Vogelmann) &
Sergio Donati ... (screenplay) &
Primo Zeglio ... (screenplay)
Kurt Vogelmann ... (story) (as K.H. Vogelmann)
Clark Darlton ... (novels) (uncredited)

Produced by

Ernst Ritter von Theumer ... co-producer (uncredited)

Music by

Antón García Abril ... (as Anton G. Abril)
Marcello Giombini

Cinematography by

Manuel Merino
Riccardo Pallottini

Film Editing by

Renato Cinquini

Editorial Department

Ada Grimaldi ... assistant editor

Production Design by

Giorgio Giovannini

Art Direction by

Giorgio Giovannini

Makeup Department

Anna Cristofani ... hair stylist
Raul Ranieri ... makeup artist

Production Management

Thomas Sagone ... production manager (as Tommy Sagone)
Averoe Stefani ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Jaime Bayarri ... assistant director
Renato Moretti ... assistant director

Art Department

Massimo Tavazzi ... set dresser
Tadeo Villalba ... set constructor

Sound Department

Renato Caldonazzo ... post synchronization
Alessandro Sarandrea ... sound

Special Effects by

Antonio Margheriti ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Franco Di Giacomo ... camera operator
Carlo Tafani ... assistant camera

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Tina Grani ... wardrober

Music Department

Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni ... performer: theme song
Edda Dell'Orso ... performer: theme song
Marcello Giombini ... composer: song "Seli"

Additional Crew

Julio Parra ... production supervisor
Cesare Barbetti ... voice dubbing: Luis Dávila (uncredited)
Gianfranco Bellini ... voice dubbing: Gino Marturano (uncredited)
Fiorella Betti ... voice dubbing: Essy Persson (uncredited)
Gianni Bonagura ... voice dubbing: Tom Felleghy (uncredited)
Gualtiero De Angelis ... voice dubbing: Gianni Rizzo (uncredited)
Carolyn De Fonseca ... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Pino Locchi ... voice dubbing: Joachim Hansen (uncredited)
Melina Martello ... voice dubbing: Ann Smyrner (uncredited)
Glauco Onorato ... voice dubbing: Dakkar (uncredited)
Bruno Persa ... voice dubbing: John Karlsen (uncredited)
Giuseppe Rinaldi ... voice dubbing: Lang Jeffries (uncredited)
Massimo Turci ... voice dubbing: Daniel Martín (uncredited)
Renato Turi ... voice dubbing: John Bartha (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

This film is based on the popular pulp novel series Perry Rhodan. The story begins with the spacecraft Stardust being launched from Earth to explore the moon in an attempt to discover new deposits of a new element, much more powerful than Uranium or any other source of energy ever discovered. The plot takes a split approach with the Stardust being taken over by a mysterious force, causing it to land on the Dark side of the Moon, and out of contact with Earth. Meanwhile on earth, an organized crime boss has planted an agent amongst the crew of the Stardust to attempt to take the energy source somehow, if it is found. Soon Perry Rhodan and his crew discover an alien starship which has had to make an emergency landing on the Moon due to technical problems. The ship is commanded by the Alien Crest and the beautiful captain Thora. They are informed that Crest, one of the last great scientists of their dying civilization is very ill.The Stardust's Doctor is asked to examine Crest and he does, and discovers Crest has Lukemia. There is hope however. The Doctor knows of a researcher on Earth who has developed a cure for Lukemia. The crew of the Stardust are brought along in a smaller but very capable emergency craft, to Earth, in an attempt to enlist the Researchers aid to cure crest. What they don't know however is that the spy has informed the crime lord about the mission, and a trap has been set to capture Crest and the Arkonide ship on the moon. There is a lot of true 60s style action as a General who discovered the pilot ship on earth, attempts to capture it to no avail. Afterwards Major Rhodan and his co-pilot seek out and recruit the fake researcher who promptly attempts to take over the Arkonite ship. The crime lord is defeated however, with the aid of the robots that the Arrkonites use to run the day to day operations of their ships, and the real researcher is rescued and cures Crest. The final segment has Major Perry Rhodan rescuing Thora, who had been temporarily captured by the crime lord. At the end, the very militant and strong willed Thora falls for Major Rhodan's charms and the two races (after curing Crest) look forward to a long and trusted partnership. Written by Rich Sensale

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Also Known As
  • Kampf der Planeten (West Germany)
  • Perry Rhodan - SOS aus dem Weltall (West Germany)
  • Órbita mortal (Spain)
  • Mission Stardust (United States)
  • Mission Stardust (United Kingdom)
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  • 95 min
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Trivia The helicopter seen in this production is the iconic and then popular Bell 47G. See more »
Goofs At 11:30, you can see that it was partly cloudy when they filmed the scenes of the astronauts disembarking their spacecraft. The reflection of the clouds and sun are clearly seen on Perry's helmet visor. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Mission Stardust (1973). See more »
Soundtracks Seli See more »
Quotes Thora: [to Perry Rhodan] Your eyes are very quick... just like your hands.
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