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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


The lone survivor of a derelict spaceship is brought to Earth to recuperate and regain her lost memories. Given the name Neeya, a series of events triggers her telekinetic powers and a number of flashbacks that reveal her origins on the planet Dessa. A human spaceship returns her to Dessa. The planet is found to be in ecological ruin and run by a businessman who intends to keep it that way. The crew of the ship, aided by their robot and Neeya's powers, defeat a monster unleashed against them. They repair the planet's ecosystem and Neeya remains to help rebuild Dessa while the crew returns to Earth. Written by maury-markowitz

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Niyya is the sole surviving member of a family of conceptualizing beings who were created by Glan, all of whom were ectogens - persons who were, or are being, gestated in artificial wombs. 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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Excellent movie, the best of russian/soviet sci-fi
23 April 2003 | by dimarecSee all my reviews

This movie belongs to the russian/soviet culture - this is the reason why so many negative comments are manifested here on IMDB. Besides, the Americanized version ("Humanoid Woman") was cropped and too much spoiled by nasty dubbing, that the whole film's concept has shifted. HOW COULD ONE SAY HERE: "there are some treasure hunters who want to use her at the archaeological dig, so they can become rich and famous"?!! There is nothing like that AT ALL!! And so on about other "comments" available here. The film has a very intelligent plot, written by the famous russian SF writer Kir Bulichev. The director's work is excellent. For example Niya's character is played by non-professional actress Elena Metyolkina, who actually was a model. It was the director's design just to introduce some elements of robot-like behavior. The director managed to make her play as good as possible. All other actors play their characters very persuadingly also. I just wonder how can one abuse the music - it is superb. Of course there should be correction for poor picture and sound quality, presented on the Americanized version. But this film deserves to be watched in its original version and with the TRUE dubbing - JUST TO UNDERSTAND IT. BTW now its remastered version on DVD exists, with both picture and sound quality being superb.

Summing up I want to say this film is not a cheap entertainment as some comments here suggest. It is a very kind, heartful, gentle, touching and thought-provoking movie. It is about love - love to people, love to the Earth. Of course there is certain naivity about the film, but it only adds positive to its atmosphere. I see everything quite balanced in it. Some may see flaws in film's imperfect setting (compared with "Alien" or "Star Wars" for example)- of course Holliwood was much more advanced in Sci-fi making (and a lot richer besides), than the Soviet cinema. But that does not seem too important.

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital (restored version)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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