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The Stranger (1973)

After a freak mishap, an astronaut finds himself on an almost precise copy of Earth (right down to the Plymouth cars). However, this planet has three moons, and is run by an Orwellian ... See full summary »


Lee H. Katzin


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Corbett ... Neil Stryker
Cameron Mitchell ... George Benedict
Sharon Acker ... Dr. Bettina Cooke
Lew Ayres ... Prof. Dylan MacAuley
George Coulouris ... Max Greene
Steve Franken ... Henry Maitland
Dean Jagger ... Carl Webster
Tim O'Connor ... Dr. Revere
Jerry Douglas ... Steve Perry
Arch Whiting ... Mike Frome
H.M. Wynant ... Eric Stoner
William Bryant ... Truck Driver (as Bill Bryant)
Virginia Gregg ... Ward E Administrator
Steven Marlo ... Guard
Ben Wright ... Doctor


After a freak mishap, an astronaut finds himself on an almost precise copy of Earth (right down to the Plymouth cars). However, this planet has three moons, and is run by an Orwellian government called The Perfect Order, who seek out and crush all dissidents either by outright assassination or by having them treated at "Ward E." Hunted and alone, the story traces the astronaut's efforts to evade capture and return home. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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The planet he uncovered was a twin to Earth...but so ominously different!









Release Date:

26 February 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stranded in Space See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Premiered (and made) on NBC Monday Night Movie, 26 February 1973. See more »

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The MST3K version replaces the original opening and ending titles with new titles. See more »


References Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969) See more »

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It started off interestingly enough, but never really takes off
7 August 2016 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

I watched this pilot movie for a television show that never came to be on the riff show, Mystery Science Theater 3000. Apparently, it too received the same treatment as such other MST3K classic episodes Pod People and Cave Dwellers where we get a title sequence that comes from an entirely different film all together before being treated to the actual film. It is a rather misleading tactic and one has to wonder why they do it. In Pod People, the film they show actually looks like it might be better and more horrific than the one we get. In Cave Dwellers, the film they show looks more serious and older than the one we get. Here, we get a super science fiction looking show and what we get starts out somewhat promising and then kind of falters by really going nowhere all that special. From this film, it looks like the show was going to be a take on an earlier show, The Fugitive with a few science fiction elements, but not all that many considering it takes place on another planet. Basically, nearly everything thing is the same on this planet our hero finds himself on right down to the cars!

The story has three astronauts experiencing some trouble in space. One of them ends up in a hospital where there is something not quite right. Turns out, that he is not on Earth, but another planet where some sort of oppressive government which at first is trying to get information from the astronaut, but then switches to wanting to kill him because he may pose a threat to their 'perfect' society. He goes on the run and gets the aid of a nurse and a man who happens to help with the space program, but has disdain for the order so he and the astronaut devise a plan that may get him off the planet.

This made for an interesting episode of MST3K. Honestly, during the first section of film I was actually more interested in what was happening in the movie than their riffs as it played out rather good...at first. Then it never goes anywhere and just becomes "The Fugitive" only with the very light science fiction elements. Thankfully, their riffs were good when the story was going stale so it made for an entertaining episode of the show. I liked how they kept trying to get up and leave when the movie looked as if it were going off due to commercial.

So, it was not a totally bad film, but it just needed more. It was interesting up to a point and then it just became kind of a mess. It becomes guy on run and bad guys closing in and then guy finds a way to slip passed them. Pretty sure this one would not have lasted for too many seasons because there is only so much you can do with the premise. The government pretty much had a lot of people under its influence so it would have started becoming unbelievable say he had kept running into people who just happen to hate the order. So, probably for the best it was just a one episode wonder, the main bad thing about it though is no closure.

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