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An interstellar expedition is sent to study a strange planet. Despite the fact that creatures from various Earth time periods inhabit the world, the natives possess metal swords, even though they should have no knowledge of such weaponry.


Yuriy Moroz


Kir Bulychyov (screenplay), Kir Bulychyov (story)
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Cast overview:
Sergey Zhigunov ... Andrei
Marina Levtova ... Belogurochka
Nikolay Karachentsov ... a cosmolinguist
Dmitriy Pevtsov ... Oktin Khash
Igor Yasulovich
Zhanna Prokhorenko ... a doctor
Volodymyr Talashko ... (as Vladimir Talashko)
Vilor Kuznetsov
Sergey Bystritskiy
Anatoliy Mambetov ... (as Anatoly Mambetov)
Leonid Gromov
Natalya Kamenskaya
Leonid Filatkin
Andrey Leonov Andrey Leonov


An interstellar expedition is sent to study a strange planet. Despite the fact that creatures from various Earth time periods inhabit the world, the natives possess metal swords, even though they should have no knowledge of such weaponry.

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1990 (Soviet Union) See more »

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Soviet fantasy B-movie, worth a look at least as a curiosity
28 October 2011 | by rrrsarchimeliaSee all my reviews

I came across this film on TV accidentally and being born in USSR it brought back some sentimental memories; mostly because it is based on Kir Bulichev's story – this author used to be published in almost every soviet youth magazine – so this made me feel like 12 again… don't get me wrong – it is quite bad, it was never a hit, and it looked pretty outdated already when it came out at the end of the soviet era. Not only the audience but even the directors were totally mesmerized by the B and C level American trash films - mostly because were so different from everything we saw before that. So this film is a clear attempt to emulate not even the original Star Wars, The Predator or Conan but their cheap imitations In less than an year my home country quit the USRR in midst of wars and economic collapse and relations with Russians have been getting worse ever since. but still, this is a fantasy (I would dear to call it a science fiction) film from the time and country that remains now only in the memories and fiction, may be that is why it gives my the same sad feeling of the world that doesn't exist anymore.

The actors playing the main parts (except Karachentsov who seems to be out of place here) here were mostly the young generation that were not yet that popular in non-Russian republics (unlike the older generation that is still loved and admired) even though Zhigunov was star of Russian answer to 3 musketeers ("Gardemarini" series) and Pevtsov (the villain in this movie) went on to become the major heartthrob of Russian cinema of the next decade, none of them are appealing enough to hold the entire film, and director's decision to cast own wife as a female lead did not help – if both hero and antagonist a trying hard to be Schwarzeneggers (Pevtsov comes close - with over the top ridiculous grimaces), the main lady is too obviously really poor man's take on every single "Tanya Roberts wearing fur bikini" character from American B movies. The special effects are really lame, not even the "American B movie" lame but rather a "Godzilla wanna-be" lame. And one can feel that it was too obviously aiming at young audience – it is felt in dialogs, and in many scenes, like in a sequence that has a promise and look of a vintage German porn the female lead takes shower in the waterfall, but alas, doesn't even take of her Stone Age bikini. The film is also gives an interesting alternative of the future where the an astronauts are wearing only soviet red flag - badges – I suppose communism was meant to survive into XXX century.

The funniest part for the Russian speaker comes when the a soviet astronaut of the future and a savage princess talk with an obvious Russian yuppie accents, that and seem to be almost embarrassed to be doing all this adolescent ninja staff.

On a positive note however, even with all of this criticism, the film has more heart, plot and potential than most of its foreign sources of inspiration. It is pretty interesting, and pretty fun, even though in a masterpiece theater kind of way.

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