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Operation Ganymed (1977)

A spaceship returns to Earth after several years of space exploration and finds it desolate. Landing in what they believe is Mexico, the crew decides to travel north, and try to find out ... See full summary »


Rainer Erler


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Cast overview:
Horst Frank ... Mac
Dieter Laser ... Don
Jürgen Prochnow ... Oss
Uwe Friedrichsen ... Steve
Claus Theo Gärtner Claus Theo Gärtner ... Dug
Vicky Roskilly Vicky Roskilly ... Girl
Wolf Mittler Wolf Mittler ... Annotator


A spaceship returns to Earth after several years of space exploration and finds it desolate. Landing in what they believe is Mexico, the crew decides to travel north, and try to find out what happened to Earth during the years they were gone. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

30 May 1980 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Operación Ganímedes See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When Don (Dieter Laser) is floating through the spaceship at the beginning of the movie, it is obvious that in the shots where Steve (Uwe Friedrichsen) and Dug (Claus Theo Gärtner) are visible in the background they are in reality hanging upside down with the camera turned 180 degrees to make it look like Don is weightless above them, because Dugs hair is standing up whereas in all other shots he has straight hair. See more »

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Really bad, really boring, very badly dubbed into English
15 June 2000 | by gregg-35See all my reviews

The storyline is 3 ships travel to Ganymede (moon of Jupiter); about 18 people go, about 4 come back. Don is mentally unstable since he was felt responsible for the deaths of 2 crew members that went to collect samples of organic compounds for him (proving life was on Ganymede). About 1/3 of the movie is in space returning to Earth, 1/3 flash back to Ganymede, and 1/3 hiking through the desert when they force on a landing on (what may/may-not be) Earth after they aren't met when they return to Earth's orbit. The dubbing was one of those classic "ha! you are a crazy person, yes a crazy person, and I say that without malice, I do, it's just that you are a crazy person." who's responsible for that dubbing? Some of the on-Ganymede effects were well done, but in general it seemed like the cinematography was done as a high-school drama project. 10 minutes spent with the camera trained on someone rapelling down some rocks. At the end, you really don't have a clue what it was all about. Was Don crazy? Were they on Earth? Did Earth still exist? Were they in Mexico? Did 14 really die on Ganymede? Why did no one meet them on their return? And considering they were out of water all the time, how did they keep getting more?

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