Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB
Original title: Nebo Zovyot
USSR, 1959. A.P. Dovzenko Filmstudio, Mosfilm. Screenplay by Mikhail Karzhukov, Yevgeni Pomeshchikov, Aleksey Sazonov. Cinematography by Nikolai Kulchitsky. Produced by Roger Corman. Music by Carmine Coppola, Yuli Meitus. Production Design by T. Kulychichkaya. Film Editing by L. Mkhitaryyanch.
Francis Ford Coppola was assigned the task of taking a Soviet science-fiction film that Roger Corman had purchased, dubbing English dialogue and adding footage of some very genitalia-influenced monsters at its climax. The result is an unholy mess that will delight fans of B-level adventures of the era, about a futuristic world in which humanity lives in the two remaining habitable territories on the earth. These two great peoples are constantly at war with each other, leading to a space race as to who can get their ships to Mars first.
The process involves some double-crossing astronauts who offer sabotage under the guise of help, but all bets are off when the various members of both teams arrive on the red planet and encounter creatures that know no political affiliations. The creature footage is spliced in so badly that the ending makes little sense, but if you have any appreciation for the genre you will be mildly amused.