USSR, June 1985. Based on actual events. After contact with the Salyut 7 space station is lost, cosmonauts Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Viktor Savinykh dock with the empty, frozen craft, and bring her back to life.
The year is 1985. The unmanned Soviet space station Salyut 7, which is in low Earth orbit, suddenly stops responding to commands from the Control Center. If the space station - the pride of Soviet space engineering - falls from the sky, not only will it damage the image of the country, it could also be a disaster bringing untold casualties. To investigate the failure and prevent the catastrophe, people must be sent to the station. Yet no one in history has ever attempted to dock an uncontrolled vehicle in space. To this day, this mission is considered to be the most technically challenging in the history of space exploration.Written by
Oksana Fandera and Mariya Mironova co-starred together in Statskiy sovetnik (2005). See more »
The Americans never launched any of their Space Shuttles to Salyut. NASA indeed planned to send the Challenger or the Discovery to take photos of the drifting station, and retrieval was considered, but all these plans were dropped because they didn't want to provoke the Soviets, particularly not in the interregnum shortly after Konstantin Chernyenko's death, not knowing how firmly has the new Premier, Mikhail Gorbachev is sitting in his chair. See more »
Salyut 7 was something of a surprise discovery for me,
Salyut 7 was something of a surprise discovery for me, just stumbling upon it.I wish it had received a wider attention, This movie feels like it came from nowhere and I lapped it up.Its a riveting and powerful film about human triumph over adversity. And the Gravity-like visuals really intensify the you-are-there feeling I guess you have to forgive dramatic license-this film used,its dramatizations, rather than a documentary, after all. Overall this is a great movie. And two days ago I'd never even heard of it.In any case, anybody who enjoyed either Apollo 13 or Gravity will likely really enjoy this film, it's nice to see Russian cinema demonstrating its ability to measure up to Hollywood and give us a different flavor.
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