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Im Staub der Sterne (1976)

After a six year journey, the Spaceship Cyrno lands on the planet TEM 4 from where they had received a call for help. Strangely enough, the Temers deny having sent this message. As ... See full summary »


Gottfried Kolditz


Joachim Hellwig (dramatisation), Gottfried Kolditz

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Cast overview:
Jana Brejchová ... Akala
Alfred Struwe Alfred Struwe ... Suko
Ekkehard Schall Ekkehard Schall ... Chief
Milan Beli Milan Beli ... Ronk
Silvia Popovici Silvia Popovici ... Illik (as Sylvia Popovici)
Violeta Andrei ... Rall
Leon Niemczyk ... Thob
Regine Heintze Regine Heintze ... Miu
Mihai Mereuta Mihai Mereuta ... Kte
Stefan Mihailescu-Braila Stefan Mihailescu-Braila ... Xik
Aurelia Dumitrescu Aurelia Dumitrescu ... Chta
Zephi Alsec Zephi Alsec


After a six year journey, the Spaceship Cyrno lands on the planet TEM 4 from where they had received a call for help. Strangely enough, the Temers deny having sent this message. As commander Akala prepares the spaceship to leave they get an invitation from the rich ruler of TEM 4 to be a part of a lush party. Not only do the opulent food and the seductive dancers cloud their minds, but also the drugs mixed into their food manipulate their consciousness. Only navigator Suko was left behind on the spaceship for security reasons and makes an unexpected, terrible discovery. Written by DEFA Film Library

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East Germany



Release Date:

1 July 1976 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Dust of the Stars See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »


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XAU 4,300,000 (estimated)
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Color (ORWO-Color)
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According to director of photography Peter Süring, the scenes in Romania (mud volcanoes and salt mines) were the first to be shot. The film laboratory at the Romanian National Film Studios in Buftea were used to processing Eastman Kodak stock, and were initially unable to process the East German ORWO negative. After re-calibrating the Romanian lab equipment, it was able to process the ORWO stock, albeit with a soft contrast look that the director and DP liked. As a result, all of the footage subsequently shot at the Babelsberg Studios in East Germany was shipped on a daily basis to Romania for processing. See more »

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Wo ist RONK?
14 March 2004 | by iggmanSee all my reviews

This is one of very few existing East-German sci-fi flicks, and it's certainly not lost its value of entertainment over the years. On the contrary, the film repeatedly makes the audience laugh hysterically, although sometimes without the intention of being funny.

The plot is quite simple: A crew of cosmonauts land on a foreign planet, investigating a radio signal, sent out asking for help. They reception they get from the native people on the arrival is however not as friendly as it first seems. Something fishy seems to be taking place underneath the planet's surface.

The film apparently had a reasonably high budget and some of the clothes and settings are actually cool. It's VERY much seventies, but not so much in a bad way. There is also some totally unprovoked nudity and the characters are hilarious.

I think probably most people should be able to enjoy this film in some aspect, at least those of us who still have a sense of humor childish enough to laugh at East-German bearded spacemen named RONK.

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