Thinking this will prevent war, the US government gives an impenetrable supercomputer total control over launching nuclear missiles. But what the computer does with the power is unimaginable to its creators.
After their latest rocket fails, Dr. Charles Cargraves and retired General Thayer have to start over again. This time, Gen. Thayer approaches Jim Barnes, the head of his own aviation ... See full summary »
A planet is discovered in the same orbit as Earth's but is located on the exact opposite side of the sun, making it not visible from Earth. The European Space Exploration Council decide to send American astronaut Glenn Ross and British scientist John Kane via spaceship to explore the other planet. After a disastrous crash-landing Ross awakes to learn that Kane lies near death and that they apparently have returned to Earth, as evidenced by the presence of the Council director and his staff. Released to the custody of his wife, he soon learns things are not as they seem.Written by
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The Phoenix spacecraft's power reactor is depicted as having been manufactured by Rolls Royce. See more »
During the interrogation, the wrist watches are still on the doppelgangers' left wrists and the wedding ring is on the ring finger of the left hand. They should have been reversed. See more »
You are going to sit there and watch me take a man for one billion dollars.
The words of an egotistical megalomaniac.
Remind me to be as charitable to you when one of your rockets blows up on the pad.
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Some British prints also featured an additional voice-over during the climax: in the corridor at the nursing home, as he reaches out for the mirror Webb hears Ross' voice telling him, "Jason, we were right. There are definitely two identical planets." (Taken from earlier in the film, this is a line of dialogue that Webb never heard spoken as communications between Webb and Ross were cut mid-sentence.) See more »
Fans of Gerry Anderson's productions will recognise several actors and vehicles from UFO (which was made after Doppelgänger) - as well as sound effects from various Anderson series. Barry Gray's excellent music (mostly unique to this film) adds to the feeling of familiarity. For these reasons alone, I think any Gerry Anderson fan would find Doppelgänger worth getting.
Judged simply as a film, it has to be said that Doppelgänger is flawed. It is known that there were major problems during production, and I suspect this is why there is a time-consuming plot thread that ends abruptly and appears to have no relevance to the rest of the story. Presumably time/budget constraints prevented the relevance from emerging!
Distractingly, the special effects range from outstandingly good - better than any 1960s film that I know of - to disappointingly bad.
Nevertheless, even with these flaws, Doppelgänger's main story is well told and keeps the viewer (or, at least, this viewer) engaged throughout. The ending is perhaps not what one might expect from Anderson, yet at the same time it is typical of Anderson, and it is certainly appropriate. To find out what I mean you'll have to watch it for yourself. :)
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