Journey to the Far Side of the Sun

Doppelgänger

1969

Robert Parrish
Director
Universal Pictures
Distributor

Tale of a space mission to explore a new planet discovered in Earth's orbit around the Sun, only on the exact opposite side.

Interesting film of a standard sci-fi trope, probably the most successful of them. Definitely the Andersons' attempt to move out of the children's market and into more adult fare. This culminated in TV series like UFO and Space:1999, the former of which shared many of the same cast and sets as this film. Quite a bleak ending, especially given this was released the same year man landed on the Moon, but quite memorable. Certainly it sticks with one more than the psychobabble of 2001. At least I think so; maybe the ending here was just an excuse to blow stuff up.

Certainly there were reshoots and deleted subplots that make it seem like an incomplete film; Derosa is prominently credited, but his character is only briefly introduced and then disappears. The same could be said about Sheybal's near-cameo as the psychiatrist.

Note: Casting sheets call Mikell's character Dr. Brisson, while BFI lists him as M. Clavel. Either way, it's not mentioned on screen.

07 October 2008: original screencaps
18 October 2013: updated screencaps
06 November 2013: restored info lost in crash

-Dave W.



11th November 1969
Cinema




1.85:1

Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun
17th October 2000
DVD




1.85:1


24th June 2008
DVD



102 mins
1.85:1



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Roy Thinnes
Colonel Glenn Ross
Ian Hendry
Dr. John Kane
Patrick Wymark
Jason Webb
Lynn Loring
Sharon Ross
Loni Von Friedl
Lise Hartmann
Franco De Rosa
Paulo Landi
(as Franco Derosa)
George Sewell
Mark Neuman
Ed Bishop
David Poulson
Philip Madoc
Dr. Pontini
Vladek Sheybal
Dr. Beauville, the Psychiatrist
George Mikell
Dr. Brisson
[see note]
Herbert Lom
Doctor Hassler
Edward Cast
Security Sergeant
(uncredited)
Raymond Barry
Vault Security
(uncredited)
Norma Ronald
Pam Kirby, Webb's Secretary
(uncredited)
John Stone
London EuroSEC Representative
(uncredited)
Arnold Diamond
Paris EuroSEC Representative
(uncredited)
Laurence Herder
Bonn EuroSEC Representative
(uncredited)
Bill Meilen
Rome EuroSEC Representative
(uncredited)
Peter Jesson
The Hague EuroSEC Representative
(uncredited)
Colin Vancao
Brussels EuroSEC Representative
(uncredited)
Mike Lucas
Photographer
(uncredited)
Unknown 10020-04
Party Waiter
Unknown 10020-07
Party Guest
Victor Harrington
Party Guest
(uncredited)
Joseph Tregonino
Party Waiter
Cyril Kent
Party Waiter
(uncredited)
Unknown 10020-06
Technician
Basil Moss
Technician (uncredited)
Unknown 10020-08
Nurse
Keith Alexander
Launch Controller
(uncredited)
Peter Van Dissel
Mission Control Technician
(uncredited)
Jeremy Wilkin
Mission Control Technician
(uncredited)
Maurice Connor
Suit Technician
Maxwell Craig
Suit Technician (uncredited)
Unknown 10020-14
Tram Driver
Royston Farrell
Gantry Technician
(uncredited)
Unknown 10020-16
Gantry Technician
Peter Burton
Medical 1
(uncredited)
Nicholas Courtney
Medical 2
(uncredited)
Anthony Chinn
Air-Sea Rescue, Ulaanbaatar
(uncredited)
Cy Grant
Dr. Gordon
(uncredited)
Jon Kelley
Medtech at Ross' House
(uncredited)
Michael Wolf
Medtech at Ross' House
(uncredited)
Unknown 10020-19
Medtech with Gurney
Alan Haywood
Doppelganger Crew Chief
(uncredited)
Unknown 10020-21
Mission Control Technician
Martin King
Security (uncredited)
Annette Kerr
Webb's Nurse
(uncredited)
James Donnelly
Technician
(uncredited)
Constantine Gregory
Mission Control Technician
Michael Mundell
Technician
(uncredited)

Dave Wright: Screencaps & Notes