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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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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

Incident with the old terrestrial ship practically in accuracy corresponds to a fragment from the novel by Stanislaw Lem "The Magellanic cloud". See more »

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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Genre enthusiasts ought to see this one.
15 May 2003 | by pro_crustesSee all my reviews

This is for sf-film completists. It seems to fill a gap between the late-50's style of sf movie and the forever-after effects of Star Trek and Kubrick's "2001." The only version you're likely to see is the American International release. The Encyclopedia of SF says the original film is in color, but AI's print is B&W, probably to save costs on the number of prints they may have made from a film I suspect they got for little money in the first place.

The story is about a big "community" sized spaceship making a long journey to "the green planet." Another reviewer said the ship was faster than light, but a couple of references to time-dilation effects in the dialog make it more likely that the ship was a near-lightspeed model. This has an influence on the spooky atmosphere that pervades the whole film, making the crew/community highly insular, as they realize they are cut off completely from the lives they have left behind.

The sfx are slightly better than Dr. Who episodes of similar vintage, with a couple of really good spacesuits and an unusual design for the ship itself. There's also a very, very neat shot of the ship in orbit around its destination that is a dead ringer for a similar moment in "Alien," and quite effective (in both films), in a way that most movies about spaceships seem to forego.

Still, the story rambles and seems kind of shallow. The sets and sfx aren't bad, but don't make up for the weak script. I recommend this for true lovers of the form (as I am), because you just wouldn't want to be left wondering what might have been going on in sf films, even east European ones, in the early '60s. Here's your answer.


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