G | | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Three American astronauts are stranded in space when their retros won't fire. Can they be rescued before their oxygen runs out?
Although the film was praised for its realistic effects, the opening shot, a scene from space over Europe, the Mediterranean Sea, and North Africa, is wildly inaccurate as geography, worse even than maps from the 15th century. This can only have been a deliberate choice, to create a sense of unease, as space films have gotten the configuration of the seas and the land correct since the earliest efforts - a good reference always being only a globe away.
You know, boss, you're right. This whole damn thing is impossible.
Charles Keith: No, you were right. We're gonna do it anyway.
The astronauts are repeatedly shown releasing free-floating hand-held objects such as video cameras during their spacewalks. However, no loose untethered objects are ever allowed on spacewalks as the potential for them to float away and become hazardous objects is too great.
The version titled "Space Travelers" is the one spoofed by Mystery Science Theater 3000. In this version, the scene where Celia Pruett learns of her husband's death is accompanied by a truly AWFUL electronic score (it sounds literally like random keys played on a toy synthesizer, something MST3K made note of). The original version has no music during this scene (and almost no other music; a muted, very low-key score can be heard when Pruett leaves the ship to "fix" it).
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