A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.

Director:

Andrei Tarkovsky (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)

Writers:

Stanislaw Lem (novel) (as Stanislav Lem), Fridrikh Gorenshteyn (screenplay) (as F. Gorenshteyn) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalya Bondarchuk ... Hari Kelvin
Donatas Banionis ... Kris Kelvin
Jüri Järvet ... Doctor Snaut - Cyberneticist (as Yuri Yarvet)
Vladislav Dvorzhetskiy ... Anri Burton - Pilot
Nikolay Grinko ... Nik Kelvin - Kris' Father
Anatoliy Solonitsyn ... Doctor Sartorius - Astrobiologist
Olga Barnet ... Kris' Mother (as O. Barnet)
Vitalik Kerdimun Vitalik Kerdimun ... Anri Burton's Son (as V. Kerdimun)
Olga Kizilova ... Doctor Gibarian's Guest (as O. Kizilova)
Tatyana Malykh Tatyana Malykh ... Kris' Niece (as T. Malykh)
Aleksandr Misharin Aleksandr Misharin ... Shanakhan - Burton Commission Chairman (as A. Misharin)
Bagrat Oganesyan Bagrat Oganesyan ... Professor Tarkhe (as B. Oganesyan)
Tamara Ogorodnikova Tamara Ogorodnikova ... Anna - Kris' Aunt (as T. Ogorodnikova)
Sos Sargsyan ... Doctor Gibarian - Physiologist (as S. Sarkisyan)
Yulian Semyonov Yulian Semyonov ... Scientific Conference Chairman (as Yu. Semyonov)
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Storyline

The Solaris mission has established a base on a planet that appears to host some kind of intelligence, but the details are hazy and very secret. After the mysterious demise of one of the three scientists on the base, the main character is sent out to replace him. He finds the station run-down and the two remaining scientists cold and secretive. When he also encounters his wife who has been dead for ten years, he begins to appreciate the baffling nature of the alien intelligence. Written by Dan Ellis

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Let us take you with us to Solaris, planet of mystery, embodiment of man's latent conflict with the unknown. Man, face to face with his conscience, and with his past.

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Trivia

It is quite common to hear this movie compared to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). However, Andrei Tarkovsky had not seen that film before shooting Solaris. When he did get round to seeing '2001,' he criticized it for being "sterile." See more »

Goofs

In the library during and immediately after Dr. Snaut's birthday party, the heights of the candles and the center post of the candelabra change between shots. See more »

Quotes

Kris Kelvin: When you turn into an utter cripple with no arms or legs, call us. We'll empty your chamber pot.
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Alternate Versions

The Region-4 DVD was released by Shock as part of its Distinction Series and runs at 2 hours and 49 minutes, with some noticeable cut scenes throughout the films. This 2-disc set doesn't contain any deleted/alternate scenes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mythopathy (2016) See more »

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The Little Organ Book: Ich Ruf Zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ - BWV 639
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (as I. S. Bakh)
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A unique experience
7 January 2006 | by vbertolaSee all my reviews

It's now been some years since I last watched it. Still, I can't get rid of the impressions of emptiness, absurdity and impossibility to understand (the world, and the human mind) that this movie left into me. It can be violent to your mind, without showing a single violent image (by the way, I often see this movie as a counterpart to Clockwork Orange, even more than to 2001). It can stun you, with ten or twenty minutes of incomprehensible silence. It can deprive you of any certainty in the laws of nature - such as, people only die once - and thus leave you vulnerable and naked.

I know that many friends to whom I've shown this move did not understand it. So I'm not saying you'll like it. But this is possibly the best (non-action) sci-fi movie ever made.

Watch it at night, alone, when everything out of your home is dark, silent, and cold.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | German

Release Date:

26 September 1972 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

Solaris See more »

Filming Locations:

Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

RUR1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,537, 15 September 2002

Gross USA:

$22,168

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$134,788
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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