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Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969)

Doppelgänger (original title)
The European Space Exploration Council sends two astronauts to explore a planet similar to the Earth but located on the opposite side of the sun.

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Robert Parrish

Writers:

Gerry Anderson (story), Sylvia Anderson (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roy Thinnes ... Colonel Glenn Ross
Ian Hendry ... John Kane
Patrick Wymark ... Jason Webb
Lynn Loring ... Sharon Ross
Loni von Friedl ... Lisa Hartmann
Franco De Rosa Franco De Rosa ... Paulo Landi (as Franco Derosa)
George Sewell ... Mark Neuman
Ed Bishop ... David Poulson (as Edward Bishop)
Philip Madoc ... Dr. Pontini
Vladek Sheybal ... Psychiatrist
George Mikell George Mikell ... Captain Ross
Herbert Lom ... Doctor Hassler
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Storyline

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 Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Taglines:

Man has conquered the moon with the epic Apollo 11 flight! Now take another momentous journey! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Journey to the Far Side of the Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Century 21 Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

All of the computer sound effects are actually the sounds of a Strowger telephone exchange. See more »

Goofs

The protagonist is surprised by a driver on the wrong side of the road but he does not even mention the fact that the steering wheel would be in the other side of the car than what he is used to if everything is reversed. See more »

Quotes

[Preparing for hibernation]
Col. Glenn Ross: See you in three weeks.
Dr. John Kane: Let's hope the alarm goes off.
Col. Glenn Ross: It'd better, you made it.
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Alternate Versions

Screenings of Doppelganger on British terrestrial television over the last ten years have featured an incorrectly produced print: the person responsible for creating this print was unaware of the film's central premise and performed a second "flop-over" on the 'mirror' planet footage, in the mistaken belief that it was the wrong way round. This, of course, made nonsense of this section of the film (particularly Ross' slow realisation that he has not returned to Earth after all) and thereby gave viewers the impression that they were watching the 'mirror' planet's Ross here on Earth. See more »

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References Stingray (1964) See more »

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Really Cool!
10 November 2003 | by ubi-guySee all my reviews

I had never seen this movie before it aired on a local cable sci-fi network. It reminded me of the Irwin Allen TV series of the late 60's (Time Tunnel etc). Excellent effects (they beat Star Trek 5 done 20 years later, but then that wasn't very hard to accomplish).

I found the script very intriguing and mature for this type of production. They would have needed a few touch ups to tie some loose ends on the characters' level, but for a kid movie its surprisingly interesting (especially the the glimpse at futuristic euro- politics, surprisingly similar to today's European Union!)

The plot is indeed reminiscent of Twilight Zone in general (as other users have pointed), but in this case it's a compliment.

Great sets, by the way!

7/10


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