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Rating: 6.5 stars

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tku-tv Russia soviet union Russian space exploration spaceship cosmonaut teenagers robots mission outer space

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Seen on: 09/10/2019

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Teens in the Universe (1975)

Directed by Richard Viktorov

Science Fiction | Adventure | Thriller

Most recently watched by sleestakk

Overview

Interstellar expedition equipped by “pioneers”(soviet scouts) reached Alpha Kassiopea and found that smart robots took control on hole planet. Their only goal - to make happy , as they understand, their masters. Happines was, actually, sutisfactions of primitive needs, and removing “disturbing” emotions like love, responsebility etc. A many years ago they succeded to reach this goal and all aborigines died out. A very little amount of people escaped from “total happening” and their descendants orbiting the planet in a big orbital station for many generations. Brave soviet pioneers land on a planet, destroy robots and bring it back to their residents

Length 80 minutes

Actors

Olga Soshnikova | Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy | Pyotr Merkuryev | Yuri Medvedev | Natalya Fateeva | Lev Durov | Irina Savina | Nadezhda Ovcharova | Olga Bityukova | Vladimir Basov Jr. | Vladimir Savin | Aleksandr Grigoryev | Misha Yershov

Viewing Notes

This is part two of the Moskva-Kassiopeya set of films about a group of “Soviet Scouts” teenage cosmonauts as they embark on a long space adventure to Cassiopeia to answer a distress signal. Of course the premise is ridiculous but they wanted children to go b/c it’s a 50 year trip and they wanted them to be alive by the time they all arrived. So they’re really smart 13 year olds who become 14 years in this installment.

The story takes off right where Moscow-Cassiopeia leaves off but a year later. Opens with a wild scene of one of the kids’ family celebrating his 40th birthday. Then the Scouts finally get contacted by their Soviet directors and notice that everyone is older, 27 years older! Puts them into a momentary shock at this revelation when they meet one of their classmates on the video screen, now 40 years old. Apparently 1 year in space is equal to 27 earth years. It is amusing that altho it’s supposed to be 27 years into the future on Earth, everything still appears very 70s. :)

At the same time, the scientists have conveyed to the crew that they were out of touch b/c the ship went thru a wormhole of some sort that propelled the crew nearly to their destination. So the young cosmonauts prepare to visit the planet and things get really weird. Where the first movie was family / comedy this sequel leans into adventure thriller. I dig it! Lots of creative aspects plus some homages to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Not sure of the availability of these two films on DVD/Blu but these deserve a good home video set. They’re not great films but definitely fascinating and odd with a charming young cast in a crazy science fiction adventure.

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