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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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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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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

25 November 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Voyage to the End of the Universe 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 »

Goofs

Shortly after the ship has passes Jupitar, one of the astronauts is talking to his wife on Earth but there is no time lag (at its closest, Jupitar is about 30 light-minutes from Earth). 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 Spaceflight IC-1: An Adventure in Space (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Part One: Introduction
from "King David" aka "Le Roi David"
Music by Arthur Honegger.
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Underrated science fiction gem from Eastern Europe
19 March 2003 | by mpophamSee all my reviews

This is an intriguing Czech science fiction film from the early 60's. It's pretty much unknown in the U.S (American - International Pictures dubbed it into English and released it as "Voyage to the End of the Universe" in 1964; it's been seen here only rarely since then).

The movie depicts a group of space travelers on a seemingly endless journey to a new planet. They encounter many traps and dangers along the way (including a derelict spacecraft and a mysterious nebula) but the greatest conflict seems to be psychological: namely, the titanic ambition of a 15-year, trans-galactic voyage pitted against the fragility of the human mind and the relative insignificance of human lives.

The interior sets are lavish -- certainly on a par with "Forbidden Planet" and perhaps even "2001". The level of detail in the spaceship interiors is admirable, and the same can be said for the smartly designed spacesuits.

"Ikarie XB 1" stumbles badly, though, when it comes to the exterior effects work. The spacecraft models are too small to provide much detail, and seem to be propelled through space by dark-colored string. As a result the transitions between interior and exterior shots are somewhat jarring.

All the same, this movie is a very interesting example of mid-century science fiction. It deserves a much wider audience, and it is to be hoped that a restored, subtitled print will one day make the rounds in American art houses. Cross your fingers.


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