|Directed by||Valery Fokin|
|Produced by||Mikhail Karyukov
|Screenplay by||Aleksei Sazonov,
with Mikhail Karyukov
|Music by||Yuliy Meitus, performed by Vyacheslav Mescherin|
|Edited by||L. Mkhitaryyanch|
Nebo Zovyot (Russian: Небо зовет, translit. Nebo zovet, lit. The Sky Beckons or The Heavens Beckon) is a Soviet science-fiction feature film, produced by Aleksandr Kozyr and Mikhail Karyukov, and filmed at the Dovzhenko Film Studios in 1959.
It premiered September 12, 1959.
A Soviet scientific expedition is being prepared as the world's first mission to planet Mars. Their space ship Homeland has been built at a space station, where the expedition awaits the command to start.
An American ship Typhoon experiencing mechanical problems arrives at the same space station, secretly having the same plans for the conquest of the Red Planet. Trying to stay ahead of the Soviets, they start without proper preparation, and soon are again in distress.
The Homeland changes course to save the crew of Typhoon. They succeed, but find that their fuel reserves are now insufficient to get to Mars. So Homeland makes an emergency landing on the asteroid Icarus passing near Mars, on which they are stranded.
After an attempt to send a fuel supply by unmanned rocket fails, another ship Meteor is sent with a cosmonaut on a possibly suicidal mission, to save the stranded cosmonauts.
- Ivan Pereverzev — scientist Eugene Kornev
- Alexander Shvoryn — engineer Andrey Gordienko
- Constantine Bartashevich — astronaut Robert Clark
- Gurgen Tonunts — astronaut Erwin Verst
- Valentin Chernyak — cosmonaut Gregory Somov
- Viktor Dobrovolsky — space station chief Vasily Demchenko
- Alexander (Alla ) Popov — Vera Korneva
- Taisia Litvinenko — doctor Lena
- Larisa Borisenko — student Olga
- Leo Lobov — cameraman Sasha
- Sergey Filimonov — writer Troyan
- Maria Samoilov — Clark's mother
- Mikhail Belousov — ( uncredited )
- Screenwriters — Alexei Sazonov, Evgeniya Pomeschikov
with the participation of — Mikhael Karyukov
- Production director - Tatiana Kulchitskaya
- Artistic director — Timofej Liauchuk
- Staging directors — Alexander Dovzhenko, Mikhael Karyukov
- Director of photography — Nikolai Kulchitskii
- Art director — Yuri Shvets
- Composer — Julij Meitus
- Sound engineer — Georgij Parahnikov
- Director — Valery Fokin
- Mounting — L. Mkhitaryants
- Costume — G. Glinkova
- Makeup artist — E. Odinovich
- Special Effects Cinematographers — Franz Semyannikov, N. Ilyushin
- Artists — Yuri Shvets, G. Loukashov
- Consultant — corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Sciences — Abnir Yakovkin
- Designer — Alexander Borin 
- Editors — Renata Korol, A. Pereguda
- USSR State Orchestra
Conductor — Benjamin Tolba
- Экспериментальный ансамбль электромузыкальных инструментов
(Experimental Electronic Music Ensemble)
Director — Vyacheslav Meshcherin
In 1962, Roger Corman and the young Francis Ford Coppola produced an English-language re-edit of the film for U.S. release, entitled Battle Beyond the Sun. They removed the US/Soviet conflict, blotted out all the Russian writing, replaced scenes showing models and paintings of Soviet spacecraft with scenes showing NASA ones, replaced the names of all the actors with the names of the people who did the overdubbing, and inserted scenes with monsters. In all, the edit is 13 minutes shorter than the original. The film was distributed by American International Pictures.
Some space scenes from Nebo Zovyot also appear in Corman's 1965 film Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet. (Most of the scenes in that film are taken from another Soviet science-fiction film, Planeta Bur).
Nebo Zovyot was re-released in Germany as Der Himmel ruft on June 15, 2009. Furthermore, the film was officially translated into Hungarian and Italian.
- Borin, Alexandr Abramovich — Russian Jewish Encyclopedia
- МУЗЫКА и ЭЛЕКТРОНИКА #1-2008: И.Иванов. «Вячеслав Мещерин: штрихи к портрету»
- Небо зовёт entry at kino-teatr.ru
- Небо зовет section at Антология советской кинофантастики
- IMDB - releaseinfo
- Soviet SpaceX Falcon 9, fragment from Nebo Zovyot (in Russian)