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Voyage to the End of the Universe (1963)

Ikarie XB 1 (original title)
The year is 2163. Starship Ikaria XB 1 embarks on a long journey across the Universe, to search for life on the planets of Alpha Centauri.

Director:

Jindrich Polák

Writers:

Pavel Jurácek (screenplay and dialogue), Jindrich Polák (screenplay and dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zdenek Stepánek ... Captain Vladimir Abajev
Frantisek Smolík ... Anthony Hopkins - mathematician
Dana Medrická ... Nina Kirova - sociologist
Irena Kacírková ... Brigitta
Radovan Lukavský ... Commander MacDonald
Otto Lackovic ... Michal - coordinator
Miroslav Machácek ... Marcel Bernard
Jirí Vrstála ... Erik Svenson - pilot
Rudolf Deyl ... Ervin Herold - pilot
Jaroslav Mares ... Milek Wertbowsky
Martin Tapák ... Petr Kubes - biologist
Marcela Martínková Marcela Martínková ... Steffa - Wertbowsky's wife
Jozef Adamovic ... Zdenek Lorenc - coordinator
Jaroslav Rozsíval Jaroslav Rozsíval ... The Ship's Doctor
Ruzena Urbanova Ruzena Urbanova ... Eva - historian
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Storyline

A giant spaceship carrying colonists to a new planet runs into unexpected troubles on its journey, ranging from encounters with abandoned alien craft to malfunctioning onboard computers and tensions among its crew and passengers. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Do You Dare Take the Trip Into the 25th Century?

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Sci-Fi

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

25 November 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Voyage to the End of the Universe See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmové studio Barrandov See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The music played on piano after the derelict ship explodes is "Part One: Introduction" from "King David", aka "Le Roi David," composed by Arthur Honegger. See more »

Alternate Versions

SPOILER: For the American release, titled "Voyage to the End of the Universe," American International Pictures cut the film up, changing a number of things:
  • Approximately 26 minutes of footage were removed (including a sequence in a man-made flying saucer carrying dead capitalists, nerve gas and an atomic bomb).
  • The story was changed substantially, the ship's flight direction reversed (making it an alien ship traveling to Earth), and the Statue of Liberty pasted into the final shot.
  • The cast and staff's names in the credits were altered significantly to look like English.
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Connections

Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 13 December 2013 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Part One: Introduction
from "King David" aka "Le Roi David"
Music by Arthur Honegger.
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Unusually good for time period made.
23 January 2000 | by treddieSee all my reviews

Considering that this film was made in 1963, in Czechoslovakia, at a time when so much sci-fi schlok was produced in the spacefaring United States, this film is a rare, welcome sight to the eyes. Intelligently produced and designed, with good character development and good special effects, I miss seeing this film which seems to have been lost in the Great Transition To Video; I know of no distributors for it. It does have its corny moments, but this is excusable in light of the time in which it was made. The ending was unfortunately changed for U.S. viewers, which is a shame; It is the U.S. ending which gets criticized most...I imagine the European ending would have been more in keeping with its originality, and would hope that American International would re-release it in the U.S., with new dubbing (I'm one of those non-purists who can't stand sub-titles...they interfere with the enjoyment of the image. And yes, dubbing CAN be done well, when done RIGHT!). It's been nineteen years since I saw it over the airwaves. I hope it has not vanished; It would be a shame for others not to experience it.


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