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Angel Vagenshtain (book) (as Angel Wagenstein), Willi Brückner (literary adaptation)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cox Habbema Cox Habbema ... Prof. Maria Scholl
Ivan Andonov ... Daniel Lagny (as Iwan Andonov)
Rolf Hoppe ... Prof. Oli Tal
Vsevolod Sanaev ... Kun, the pilot (as Wsewolod Sanajew)
Petar Slabakov ... Pierre Brodsky (as Peter Slabakow)
Wolfgang Greese Wolfgang Greese ... Chairman
Holger Mahlich Holger Mahlich ... Navigator
Benjamin Besson Benjamin Besson ... Capt. Sima Kun
Evelyn Opoczynski Evelyn Opoczynski ... Scholl's co-worker
Justus Fritzsche Justus Fritzsche ... Griva
Heidemarie Schneider Heidemarie Schneider ... Sima Kun's adjutant
Arndt-Michael Schade Arndt-Michael Schade ... 1st Rescue technician
Harald Wandel Harald Wandel ... 2nd Rescue technician
Jürgen Scharfenberg Jürgen Scharfenberg ... 3rd Rescue technician
Ivan Ivanov Ivan Ivanov ... Receptionist (as Iwan Iwanow)


Eight space cargo-ships disappear without a trace within three days. And the orbit station "Margot" has suddenly fallen silent. The space council is faced with a mystery and the scientist in charge, Maria Scholl, sees no other solution than ordering a total flight stop to this mysterious sector of space. Her colleague, Prof. Tal seems to be suspicious since he knows things before they are even released. A forbidden look into his personal file brings to light that Tal was part of the Eolomea project that never found approval of the commission in charge. Written by DEFA Film Library

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Release Date:

21 September 1972 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Eltűnt nyolc űrhajó See more »

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track


Color (ORWO-Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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The trick sequences with spaceship models were filmed upside down, so there would be no visible wires above in the finished film. See more »

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Sci-fi made in the East, with interesting results
26 December 2000 | by BurchardusSee all my reviews

Science fiction made in East Europe usually has different perspectives of life as Western science fiction. This is one example.

Not about technology or the future of our society, not even about the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (that it claims to be about), but about humans, their character traits, and their quest for the final frontier.

Accordingly the visual effects by Kurt Marks and Boris Trawkin, though awarded the Grand Prix of the UNIATEC, suffer in comparison with other fx-heavy movies made about the same time, like Academy Award-winning The Poseidon Adventure or Douglas Trumbull-directed Silent Running.

Still it creates a future that could happen any time, showing technology only in outer-space, and the stations in space and on asteroids look pretty much like good old MIR, the Russian space-station.

And yet it is rewarding for those who love the human desire for knowledge...

This was the third science fiction movie of the legendary DEFA studio and the first one to be based on an original concept (by Bulgarian Angel Vagenstein), starring Dutch Cox Habbema, Ivan Andonov (a director in his native Bulgaria) and Russian actor Vsevolod Sanayev (who died January in 1996), and German actors Rolf Hoppe and Wolfgang Greese.

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