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To the Stars by Hard Ways (1981)

Cherez ternii k zvyozdam (original title)
A female creature created in space tries to live on earth and has special (and sometimes dangerous) powers.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Yelena Metyolkina ... Niyya
Vadim Ledogorov ... Cadet Stepan Lebedev
Uldis Lieldidzs ... Sergei Lebedev (as Uldis Lieldidz)
Yelena Fadeyeva ... Maria Pavlovna
Vatslav Dvorzhetsky ... Petr Petrovich
Nadezhda Sementsova ... Professor Nadezhda Ivanova
Aleksandr Lazarev ... Professor Klimov
Aleksandr Mikhaylov ... Dreier
Boris Shcherbakov ... Navigator Kolotin
Igor Ledogorov ... Ambassador Rakan
Igor Yasulovich ... Torki
Gleb Strizhenov ... Glan
Vladimir Fyodorov ... Turanchoks
Evgeniy Karelskikh
Valeriy Nosik ... Liy


A female creature created in space tries to live on earth and has special (and sometimes dangerous) powers.

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The film was restored in 2001 by director's son using film clips, shooting scripts, original camera outtakes, director's notes and surviving 70mm positive print. See more »


When they are in the "weightless" space station, one can see bubbles coming from one of the actors, revealing that the scene was filmed underwater. See more »

Alternate Versions

To differentiate between original version and restored version "A New Version" subtitle is added to the title shot.The music was re-recorded, and most ADR was redone with surviving actors. The existing special effects were refined. New effects envisioned in the script that were not possible in 1979 created. The story and dialog were streamlined, and resulting cuts amounted to almost 25 minutes. The opening and closing titles were completely re-shot. See more »


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Well, guess you have to be Russian to understand it.
3 June 2003 | by dimonnnnSee all my reviews

This is probably the finest example of soviet sci-fi movie-making. Great cast, great story and one-of-the-kind atmosphere, brought mostly by the efforts of the director.

The only reason I can find for all the negative reviews here is the simple fact of culture differences. In the West, US of A in particular with the exception of maybe Star Trek and 2001 all sci-fi movies fall into block-buster category, whereas in Soviet Union and perhaps even now in modern Russia sc-fi genre tries to be more on philosophical side (original Solaris for example). Result - nearly total unacceptance of such films by the western audience. Yes this movie does have some corny moments and looks childish, but, overall, the issues it deals with much more serious than today's space-action flicks.

And on the lighter note. Being myself a huge MST3K fan, I don't think it did the movie justice. Of course they riffed awfully dubbed Sandy Frank import, but still...

If you really want to check out this movie - get the DVD re-release with remastered 5.1 soundtrack and clean picture.

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Release Date:

November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Humanoid Woman See more »

Filming Locations:

Kyiv, Ukraine See more »

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital (restored version)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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