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Test pilota Pirxa (1979)

The movie is about "finite nonlinears," robots that closely resemble human beings but are even more perfect than humans. They are intended to eventually replace human beings in space ... See full summary »

Director:

Marek Piestrak

Writers:

Stanislaw Lem (short story), Marek Piestrak (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergei Desnitsky Sergei Desnitsky ... Commander Pirx (as Sergiej Desnitski)
Boleslaw Abart ... Jan Otis
Vladimir Ivashov ... Harry Brown (as Wladimir Iwaszow)
Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy ... Tom Nowak (as Aleksandr Kajdanowski)
Zbigniew Lesien Zbigniew Lesien ... John Calder
Ferdynand Matysik ... Green (UNESCO Director)
Igor Przegrodzki ... McGuirr
Tõnu Saar Tõnu Saar ... Kurt Weber
Zygmunt Bielawski ... (as Z. Bielawski)
Janusz Bylczynski ... Juge (as J. Bylczynski)
Adam Cieslak Adam Cieslak ... (as A. Cieslak)
Edmund Fetting ... Oskarzyciel przed trybunalem (as E. Fetting)
Józef Fryzlewicz ... Obronca Pirxa przed trybunalem (as J. Fryzlewicz)
Marek Idzinski Marek Idzinski ... Czlonek trybunalu (as M. Idzinski)
Mieczyslaw Janowski Mieczyslaw Janowski ... Mitchell (as M. Janowski)
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The movie is about "finite nonlinears," robots that closely resemble human beings but are even more perfect than humans. They are intended to eventually replace human beings in space flights. Somewhat apprehensive about their usefullness, the United Nations sets up a space flight to determine their reactions to the human beings who also make up the crew. Pirx is selected as a commander of the flight, although the identity of the robots is not revealed to him... Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Poland | Soviet Union

Language:

Polish | Russian | Estonian

Release Date:

25 May 1979 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Pilot Pirx's Inquest See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the film Commander Pirx asked Harry Brown if he believed human beings possessed conscience. In the book the actual question was if Harry Brown believed in God. It was altered because of the communist censorship. See more »

Goofs

The rings of Saturn are actually only a few meters thick and are not solid. The spaceship would pass through the Cassini division in less than a second, not (as in the film) take minutes through some kind of ice gorge. This error does not occur in Lem story the film is based on. See more »

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An ingenuous science fiction film made by Polish and Russian cinema artists.
8 August 2008 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Marek Piestrak's film "Test Pilot Pirxa" happens to be one of the most challenging science fiction films made by an East European communist nation.It is based on a story by acclaimed science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem whose novel "Solaris" was made into a film by legendary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.This film features a furiously intense clash between robots and human beings.The action takes place on a spacecraft commanded by a pilot named Pirx.He does everything in his capacity to prevent his crew from the dangers caused by some intelligent robots.It is the only film which set out to see answers to the intriguing question : "Can robots replace human beings" ? Some element of suspense is created in the film when the identity of robot on board the spacecraft is not revealed. Test Pilot Pirxa is a landmark film for Polish cinema as it was for the first time that futuristic sets were created for a Polish film.This was done to give a Hollywood kind of feel to this film.


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