Mission Stardust

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Mission Stardust
Directed by Primo Zeglio
Produced by Ernst R. von Theumer (de)[1]
Screenplay by
Story by Karl Heinz Vogelmann[2]
Music by Anton G. Abril[2]
  • Riccardo Pallottini
  • Manuel Merino[2]
Edited by Renato Cinquini[2]
  • P.E.A. Cinematografica
  • Tefi-Filmproduktion Ernst Ritter von Theumer
  • Attor-Film S.A.[1]
Release date
  • August 1967 (1967-08) (Rome)
  • October 1967 (1967-10) (West Germany)
Running time
95 minutes
  • Italy
  • West Germany
  • Spain[1]

Mission Stardust (Italian: ...4...3...2...1...Morte) is a 1967 science fiction film based on the early novels of the popular German Perry Rhodan series by K.H. Scheer and Walter Ernsting.[3].



Mission Stardust opened in Rome in August 1967 under the title 4... 3... 2... 1... morte with a running time of 95 minutes. [4] It was later released in West Germany in October 1967 under the title Perry Rhodan--SOS aus dem Weltall with a 79 minute running time.[4] It was later released in Spain as Órbita mortal with a 92 minute running time,[4] it opened in Los Angeles in October 1968.[4]


In a contemporary review, Variety noted the dubbing in the film, stating that it was "only fair" and that the special effects were "crude, the color uneven, but the very audaciousness of the admixture keeps the attention."[2] The review also praised the rock music film score by Anton G. Abril.[2]

From retrospective reviews, Gary Westfahl in his book The Spacesuit Film: A History, 1918-1969 noted that the film contained "shoddy special effects" and recalled "Saturday afternoon serials more than science fiction films of the 1960s".[3] Westfahl referred to the film as "one of the era's most reviled genre films."[3]

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  1. ^ a b c "Perry Rhodan - SOS aus dem Weltall". Filmportal.de. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Willis 1985, p. 247: "Review is of 93 minute dubbed version viewed in New York on June 9, 1969"
  3. ^ a b c Westfahl 2012, p. 258.
  4. ^ a b c d "Mission Stardust". American Film Institute. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 


  • Westfahl, Gary (2012). The Spacesuit Film: A History, 1918-1969. McFarland. ISBN 0786489995. 
  • Willis, Donald, ed. (1985). Variety's Complete Science Fiction Reviews. Garland Publishing Inc. ISBN 978-0-8240-6263-7. 

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