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When a comet passes the earth very closely, it pulls a small part of North Africa with it. Carried along is a bunch of people. Among them Angelika, who just escaped from a ruthless weapon ... See full summary »

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Karel Zeman

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Jan Procházka, Jules Verne (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Magda Vásáryová ... Angelika
Emil Horváth ... Porucík Servadac (as Emil Horváth ml.)
Frantisek Filipovský ... plukovník Picard
Cestmír Randa ... Spanelský konzul
Josef Vetrovec ... Sejk
Jirina Jirásková ... Ester
Vladimír Mensík ... Silberman
Miroslav Holub ... Hikmet
Karel Effa ... Kaprál Ben
Josef Hlinomaz ... kapitán Lacoste
Jaroslav Mares ... Kaprál Lafitte
Eduard Kohout ... Murphy
Zdena Bronislavská Zdena Bronislavská ... Tanecnice v kavárne
Steva Marsálek Steva Marsálek ... Muhdí (as Stevo Marsálek)
Karel Pavlík Karel Pavlík ... Oliphant
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When a comet passes the earth very closely, it pulls a small part of North Africa with it. Carried along is a bunch of people. Among them Angelika, who just escaped from a ruthless weapon dealer's ship, and her two brothers, who are searching her. Then there's a group of natives, who plan a rebellion against the French colonists. All these conflicts become secondary when the people finally realize that they are doomed to live together on an alien planet. However this time of peace and world-happiness won't last for long... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

9 October 1970 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

Hector Servadac's Ark See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Pretty good Zeman film but not his best work
1 July 2009 | by LJ27See all my reviews

I'm a huge fan of Karel Zeman's films so it's hard for me to say which one I think is best, although I have a real weakness for BARON PRASIL and JOURNEY TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME. I finally got to see this and it has good characters and it seems to anticipate the kind of comedy that Monte Python would later end up doing. Based on Verne's story, it involves factions fighting one another who end up on a comet joining forces to survive. As someone else said, the comet looks enough like Earth that if they didn't tell you they were on a comet and the comet didn't have dinosaurs, you'd think they were still back on Earth. When the dinosaurs finally show up, they come in herds and they look pretty good. It's some fine stop-motion animation but it seems kind of tacked on. Photography and music score as usual are top drawer and even the characters are likable if somewhat silly. Overall, there is just no tension or suspense. It's a comedy pretty much so you never really believe anyone is in danger. The animation is excellent as it always is in Zeman's films but this is definitely not his best work. I still think his best work is BARON PRASIL.


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