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Cover of the Lenfilm DVD Release
|Directed by||Pavel Klushantsev|
|Produced by||L. Presnyakova (producer)
Vladimir Yemelyanov (producer)
|Written by||Aleksandr Kazantsev (writer)
Pavel Klushantsev (writer)
|Music by||Iogann Admoni
|Editing by||Volt Suslov|
The film is also known as Planet of the Storms, Planet of Storms, Planet of Tempests, Planeta Burg (American bootleg title) and Storm Planet.
Three Soviet spaceships, Sirius, Vega, and Cappella, are on their way to the planet Venus. The Cappella is struck by a meteorite and destroyed. The remaining two ships, the Sirius and Vega continue on, but the planned mission required three ships. Another spaceship, the Arktur, is being sent from Earth, but won't arrive for 2 months. The cosmonauts aboard Sirius and Vega decide that some sort of landing and exploration is better than waiting. Ivan and Kern go down from Vega in the glider, leaving Masha in orbit. They must land in a swamp, then all contact is lost. The Sirius lands somewhat nearby and the three-man crew set out in a hovercar to find them. During their travels they hear an eerie woman's song in the distance, and encounter prehistoric beasts both benign and threatening. Ivan and Kern, meanwhile, have fought off some man-sized t-rex beasts and are headed to meet the men of Sirius. Ivan and Kern become weak with fever. Their robot, John, stands watch. The Sirius crew had to submerge the hovercar to escape a pterodactyl. In doing so, they discover what might have been an ancient city. Alexy finds a strange triangular rock and they also find a statue of a pterodactyl with rubies for eyes. Once on dry land, the Sirius crew contact John and tell him to administer an anti-fever drug. Ivan and Kern recover just as a volcano sends down rivers of lava. They order John to carry them across, but he malfunctions half way there. The hovercar shows up just in time to rescue them. John is lost to the lava. All five return to Sirius, but worry that Masha had landed the Vega somewhere, stranding them all. An earthquake and flood from rain undermine the Sirius, so they must take off immediately. Alexey discovers that his odd triangular rock is really a sculpture of a woman's face, proving that there might still be intelligent life on Venus. They blast off and find that Masha remained in orbit. They're headed home.
- Vladimir Yemelyanov as Ilya Vershinin
- Georgiy Zhzhonov as Bobrov
- Gennadi Vernov as Alyosha
- Yuri Sarantsev as Scherba
- Georgi Tejkh as Kern
- Kyunna Ignatova as Masha
In 1965 Curtis Harrington added several American-made scenes (starring Basil Rathbone and Faith Domergue) and released the dubbed result under name Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet. Since all credits were removed, soviet actors were "renamed" with non-Russian names (Gennadi Vernov as Robert Chantal, Georgiy Zhzhonov as Kurt Boden) or left completely uncredited.
In 1968 Peter Bogdanovich (under the name Derek Thomas) added several different new scenes involving Mamie van Doren and several other attractive women in shell brassieres, and released the film as Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women; the "new" scenes also included footage from another Russian SF film, Mikhail Karyukov's "Nebo zovet" (which was curiously itself edited in a same way by the young Francis Ford Coppola into Battle Beyond the Sun). This version is essentially the first film retold, with the parallel viewpoint of the telepathic women whose god (a pterodactyl) is killed by the men from Earth. There is an ironic twist at the end when the women find a new god.