Nebo zovyot (1959)

35mm film, colour, 1.37:1
mono, Russian

A Soviet Russian science fiction film directed by Aleksandr Kozyr and Mikhail Karzhukov.

Plot Summary

Two rival space programs race to be the first to land a manned craft on .


Directors: M. Karzhukov [real name: Mikhail Karzhukov], Aleksandr Kozyr
A.P. Dovzenko Filmstudio
Script: M. Karzhukov [real name: Mikhail Karzhukov], Yevgeni Pomeshchikov, Aleksei Sazanov
Director of Photography: N. Kulchitsky [real name: Nikolai Kulchitskii]
Editors: Renata Korol, A. Pereguda
Music: Yu. Meitus 1a pseudonym for Julij Meitus]
Electronic Music: Experimental Electronic Music Ensemble
Sound Director: Valery Fokin
Sound Engineer: Georgi Parakhnikov
Costumes: G. Glinkova
Make-up: E. Odinovich
Special Effects: G. Lukashov, Y. Schvech
Directors of Special Photography: N. Ilyushin, F. Semyannikov
Designer: Alexander Borin

Ivan Pereverzev (Kornev)
Aleksandr Shvorin (Andrei Gordienko)
K. Bartashevich (Klark)
Larisa Borisenko (Olvra)
V. Chernyak (Somov)
Viktor Dobrovolsky (Demchenko)
S. Filimonov (Troyan)
Taisia Litvinenko (Lena)
L. Lobov (Sashko)
Alla Popova (Korneva)
Marina Samojlova (Matra)
Gurgen Tonunts (Berst)

Alternative Titles

Batalla más allá del sol – Spain
Battle Beyond the Sun – USA
Fantasztikus utazás – Hungary
The Heavens Call – English language title
Der Himmel ruft – East Germany
Kosmos wzywa – Poland
The Sky Calls – English language title
Stazione spaziale K-9 – Italy
Небо зовет – Russia
大宇宙基地 – Japan

Extracts included in
Hollywood Boulevard (1976)
Not of This Earth (1988)
Those Old Trailers (2010)
Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968)

Production Notes

In the early 1960s, Roger Corman bought the rights to the film and had the then film-school student Francis Ford Coppola work on adapting it for a US release. Coppola re-edited the footage, removing a framing daydream sequence, removed all of the film's anti-American propaganda and hand painted over the Cyrillic lettering on the side of the . He also supervised new footage of monsters fighting each other, added a narration and a new prologue. The resulting film was released theatrically as Battle Beyond the Sun.