Jupiter - and Beyond the Binfinite:
"An Out of This World Shock Sensation!"
Starring Anthony Dexter, Paul Carpenter, and Susan Shaw
Written and Directed by Cy Roth
Before the credits begin, we see an old Constellation taking off from an airport in New Mexico, and then the plane flying over New York. Why we see this, I don't know. We get to see the opening credits over a shot of this plane in flight. The credits are a whole list of nobodies, though I do recall seeing Anthony Dexter in 12 to the Moon. Cy Roth, the writer/director/producer, has his name in big cursive letters. This way, he can really take credit for this exceptional film. The funniest part of the credits is the little tiny disclaimer we see, which reads "All characters in space are fictitious". I'm serious about that.
Some narration introduces us to the plot of the film:
"In the mutual interests of peace and security for all mankind, the two great nations of the United States and Great Britain have been working on a secret project designated 'Thirteen'. Early this year, preparation on Plan Thirteen was completed, and the top nuclear scientist of the United States was assigned command of the joint operation. Luther Blair left Los Alamos, New Mexico, to join his British colleagues and head Plan Thirteen: An expedition into outer space."All the while, we are treated to seeing the aforementioned Luther Blair (Anthony Dexter) in his seat on a London-bound airliner, smoking away and reviewing some papers.
The plane lands in London, at the aptly named 'London Airport' Isn't it 'Heathrow Airport'? I dunno. Blair is picked up outside the oddly quiet airport by a man in a car and is driven through London. This driving scene continues to unfold with 'grand' vistas of fields and roads and buildings, and lasts a whole 44 seconds. Yes, this IS beautiful London. I was reminded of the infamous driving scene from "Manos" the Hands of Fate, which sent shudders down my spine. Eventually, after seeing much of London, the car pulls up to an observatory.
We cut to inside the observatory. Blair and a man named Dr. Higgins (Paul Carpenter) are standing around a large telescope. Blair is peering through it, apparently at this new 13th moon of Jupiter. Higgins explains that this moon is new and that it is surrounded by "terrestrial fog... most of the time". Blair notes that this moon bears a resemblance to the Earth, and he looks at a spectrographic analysis of some kind to prove it.
During this scene, traffic can be heard outside, and it interferes with the voices of the actors. It is quite distracting and speaks volumes about the production values of the movie. At one point, Blair turns away from the telescope to speak, and his voice can barely be heard over traffic outside whatever soundstage this was filmed on. Was any sort of a boom mike used at all in this film?
We learn that the rocket will be ready to go in one week and that, if launched by then, it can reach Jupiter in 3 weeks. Recall that it took the Voyager missions two years to reach Jupiter on a direct course, but never mind. The rocket's method of propulsion is nuclear, which gives good old Cy creative license to create whatever travel time he sees fit. Dr. Higgins then supposes that there could be "human life" on this moon. For a scientist, that thought is very out of place and moronically presumptive. Obviously, Cy Roth was not a scientist, nor could he have known any scientists... or maybe Dr. Higgins is a Doctor of Chiropractics.
A woman appears on a catwalk high above the floor of the observatory. The camera follows her walking along the catwalk, going down a staircase, opening and closing a small safety gate, opening and closing another small safety gate, grabbing a nearby chair and moving it to a desk, and then sitting down at the desk with the two men, all the while maintaining absolute silence. Through this, the two actors on the lower level are standing around and pretending to be busy. They look so awkward.
All in all, this scene lasts 25 seconds, but it certainly seems to take longer than that. The actor playing Higgins badly pretends to be surprised by her arrival. She is dictated a message to be sent to the launch site in Surrey, England (?!). She takes the message, then leaves. Again, the camera follows the secretary putting the chair back where she found it, opening and closing a safety gate, opening and closing another safety gate, marching back up the stairs, and then walking away along the catwalk, which is another 25 silent seconds. The camera then swoops back down to the two men. Higgins wonders loudly if the life forms they might find on the 13th moon will be "anything like her". Blair and Higgins laugh about it. How old are these "men"?
We then cut to the interior of a rocket, presumably ready for launch. Like most rocket interiors from these movies, it is quite sparse for a rocket, with minimal amounts of gauges, readouts, and controls. There appear to be a few clocks on the walls, and some other larger meters. Blair is the leader of this expedition, and so is organizing his crew. He asks if they have their 'Longines space watches'. Did I hear that right? I mean, is this a serious film? This is only the first instance of blatant product placement in this movie. This has got to be the first movie in history to feature product placement.
The crew roster is called so that we, the poor audience, are made aware of the crew names because each member of the crew is unique and memorable. The most memorable thing about the crew is their accents, which are forced American accents spoken by British actors.
Luther Blair, whom we already know;Larson wears a military uniform hat, but it appears to be a naval hat. Would not the Air Force have dominion over some space venture like this?
We are shown mission control. It is one room perhaps smaller than the rocket ship interior, and it has all of five people inside. It bears no resemblance to any mission control I have ever seen. One of them is in charge of communications (using a rotary telephone), and he begins a countdown at one minute before launch. All eyes are on the wall clock as it ticks down to zero, and we see that everybody in mission control is staring at this clock. Across the face of the clock, very prominently displayed, is the logo for Longines. The camera zooms right in so there is no question as to who built the clock. During this close up, the shadow of the camera becomes visible on the wall. This 'tense' countdown scene lasts 72 seconds, longer than the one-minute countdown. I started laughing as I watched it. It really is ridiculous.
We see the rocket, a German V2, take off into the sky. Then we get a shot of a sign that tells us that this launchpad is in Surrey, England. Somehow, I doubt many rockets will ever take off from Surrey. The rocket flies horizontally over the clouds in a cheap superimposition effect.
The people at Mission Control are tense. Two soldiers arrive, and it is in this scene that we get more product placement, this time for Coca-Cola. It is on a vending machine. Mission control calls over the telephone, and the crew calls back. They didn't die. They've made it out of the atmosphere in one piece.
The crew relaxes. On the lone monitor/window in their rocket, they look back at Earth, which is receding in the distance. They also pass near the Moon. It is quite apparent during that 'effect shot' that the camera is simply zooming out of a painting of the Earth and Moon. The crew makes some clichéd remarks about the view. We see some unconvincing exterior shots of the rocket in space. Everything looks okay. Their American accents are predictably broken, on the level of Kevin Costner's British accent in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
However, the Inevitable Meteor Storm arrives.
The asteroids pass by without much incident, and the crew settles down for the trip. We get a shot of some sparkly objects on a starfield that, I presume, are meant to be Jupiter and its many moons. We see the crew doing routine things over three weeks in a scene that seems to last three weeks (actually, it's 2 minutes and 56 seconds). At one point, one guy is shaving, and Higgins is with him waiting to use the shaver. When he finally asks for the shaver, it is clear that his voice was dubbed out and replaced by another one saying 'shaver' in the following manner:
"Let me use the -shaver- will ya'?"
Perhaps this is a peculiarity of my copy of the movie.
As this travel scene proceeds, we see more and more shots of the sparkly Jupiter system getting closer and closer and progressively more and more out of focus. We see the following: Earth through a telescope, the throttle controls being fine-tuned, an exterior shot of the rocket, and Anderson calculating something in a 'computer' that resembles a cash register. Finally, they arrive in the Jupiter system. They can't see the 13th moon at first, but Higgins informs them that the 13th moon must be behind some hazy clouds ahead. Anderson checks his 'charts', and makes sure. Wouldn't this sort of stuff be handled before launch? Dead reckoning in space is not a good idea.
Anderson asks if there could be 'people' on this moon, and the idea that non-human life is unimportant is unintentionally suggested. Blair shrugs in reply. Why is this movie so hung up on that idea?
Finally, the 13th moon looms ahead. It does look vaguely Earthlike, with mountains and hills. If the movie were not black and white, I would think the moon would be green with vegetation. The crew looks for a landing spot.
Then, a monotone voice comes in over the radio. It is apparently coming from the 13th moon:
"... Calling spaceship. Calling spaceship. Report name and destination immediately. You are under our space control."Blair answers this hail. Landing coordinates are sent to the rocket, coordinates that would lead them to a plain between two mountain ranges. The navigator pipes up and says that their coordinate system would lead them in the wrong direction. Higgins theorizes that this moon's gravitational laws must be 'contrary' to Earth's. I thought the law of gravity was a constant throughout the universe, but never mind. They follow the voice's instructions and land on this moon. We are treated to more bad superimposition effects, this time of the V2's launch in reverse, superimposed on a shot of a forest. At one point, the V2 launch tower carelessly gets superimposed over the trees for a split second.
The rocket touches down, and everybody breaks out celebratory cigarettes. Stanhope tests the air outside. Apparently, this moon has an atmosphere very similar to Earth's, so there's no need for spacesuits. Personally, I would be worried about alien microbes/bacteria/viruses in this air. If bacteria humans have been exposed to for thousands of years sometimes cause nasty colds, who knows what alien bacteria could do. Obviously this did not occur to Mr. Roth as he wrote this film. Nor did it occur to him that Jupiter is very far from the Sun and thus vastly colder, way too cold for earthlike surface conditions.
We cut to an exterior, the lower sections of the rocket's fins. It landed upright on a grassy field. We see a ladder slowly and goofily extend down to the grass from above. It looks like the aluminum extension ladder I have in my garage. The crew clambers down to the ground, and they look around.
The landscape of Jupiter's 13th moon looks an awful lot like a rural pasture, some scene that should be in a painting. There are rows of trees and lots of bushes and the landscape is generally flat. It's a nice picnic place. There's a lot of sunlight, far too much considering Jupiter's distance from the Sun.
Suddenly, the crew is pelted by a few smallish white rocks that gently fall from the sky with loud whistling sounds. They act like they're surprised. Then one of them points to a spot on the horizon. Wait a minute, rocks just landed at your feet! Aren't you concerned about that? No, I guess not. Something in the trees is blinking at them, a beacon of some sort. Totally ignoring the rocks that landed mysteriously at their feet, the crew looks at this beacon.
Anderson has binoculars and translates the pattern of blinking lights into a message.
"Head for trees at signal."
After he's done translating, it suddenly occurs to him that the pattern is Morse code. Why would he realize that after he translated the message? By now, this movie has given me a headache.
The crew decides to head for the beacon. They run across the field in a spread out line, with no regard for safety. Anybody (or anything) hiding in the neighboring trees and bushes could pick them off one by one with a gun. Never mind. The crew runs over hills and through forests, around more hills and down ravines. They run for 47 seconds before pausing. Now, judging by where they ran, there is no possible way they could have seen that beacon from their ship with binoculars. In fact, towards the beginning of their running scene, we see a shot of them running with the rocket behind a forest. What's worse, the reason they paused is because they lost sight of the beacon! Of course, Blair is never discouraged:
Blair: "There's a logical explanation for each occurrence, right Dr. Higgins?"Whether or not we will hear these logical explanations remains to be seen. When they reach the beacon, we see that it is a small light on top of a Greek-looking statue of a woman. Larson points out that this beacon looks like some maritime beacon, and Higgins suggests that this plain could have once been underwater. Stanhope takes photos of it, and start walking around looking for... something. I don't know. He plugs Polaroid cameras. More primitive examples of product placement!
As they walk through the weeds and grasses, they hear a scream. They all stop walking and listen. They hear another scream, one that sounds a lot like a human female. They break into a run. We see a woman (Susan Shaw) being ogled by a not-too-tall 'monster' (I use the term very loosely) in tights. It tamely roars, as if trying to induce terror. If I were there in person, I think I'd laugh. This monster has to be seen to be believed. It is so not terrifying. It appears to be a slim man in a turtleneck with a cheap rubber mask over his face. He's trying to grab the woman and drag her away, but she's resisting. They're surprised to see the woman, and Higgins says that it's a woman with "all the necessary parts." Let's put that aside for the moment, since a) she's an alien, and b) she's fighting with another alien.
Larson suggests they shoot it with the guns they brought, but Blair orders him not to interfere with something they may not understand. For all he knows, the aliens are shooting a bad movie here. Exactly 4 seconds later, Blair orders Larson to fire a warning shot, thus interfering with something they may not understand. The monster ignores it, so they proceed to shoot the monster twice. It drops the girl and growls at the men, and then runs off into the trees.
The men approach the stunned girl, who remains silent despite their attempts to draw her into conversation. She leads them somewhere, and they follow her, making bad navigation jokes as they go.
She leads our intrepid explorers to an old stone wall covered in ivy and other plant life, and beckons them to follow her in through a dark passageway. They pause, and Blair decides that he and Larson will follow the girl in, while the other three will wait for thirty minutes before going back to the rocket to wait. The three losers protest a bit, but they relent and go back. Meanwhile, rubes that they are, Blair and Larson go in.
We see what appears to be the interior of a castle done cheaply. There are some corridors and doorways. Everything is lit with torches mounted on the walls. The woman leads Larson and Blair down a corkscrew staircase.
As if to fool us into thinking this set has multiple levels, we suddenly see Larson, Blair, and the woman emerge from the top of this staircase. It would have helped if this set were laid out differently or even decorated differently.
Larson and Blair are led into a large room, brightly lit and better furnished. The woman leaves them alone. They note that the decorations look Greek or Minoan, and this is an accurate assessment.
Suddenly, a voice tells them that the decorations are, in fact, Late Atlantean. Oh, forgive my ignorance... This voice is the one that was on the radio earlier. He's an old guy in robes who says his name is Prassus, the king of what he calls 'New Atlantis'. He says he and his daughters are the only survivors of the old Atlantis that sunk on Earth. They must have had spaceships to travel to Jupiter. Why bypass Earth's other fertile continents? I asked myself that question, but nobody answered. Blair and Larson question Prassus' sanity, and wonder if they actually died when they landed and were now in some sort of twisted afterlife. Prassus meanwhile is shouting a prayer-like statement at a large painting of Aphrodite on a wall, whom he said was his "mother's mother." Prassus returns, and he tells them that he was waiting for them eagerly, and that those rocks they were pelted with were meteors. At least some of my own questions were getting answered. When the creature comes up in the conversation, Prassus shows off his overacting prowess and says very dramatically that the creature must be destroyed, despite the fact that it is "indestructible". He then introduces the woman they rescued as 'Hestia', his daughter. He gives her life to Blair. Then he brings in all his daughters to show to Larson and Blair, and there sure are many of them. According to Prassus, they are all descendants of Aphrodite. At this point, I assumed these were the Fire Maidens of the title. They are all young women dressed in tennis skirts and skimpy tops. Prassus declares that New Atlantis "must not die!"
Larson, of course, jumps to the conclusion that Prassus wants them to breed with his daughters, but Blair seems to be the voice of reason in the room.
Prassus encourages Blair and Larson to drink wine that he has provided. During the merriment, the girls dance to the song Stranger In Paradise. By dance, I mean move in a rather uncoordinated fashion. During the performance, which lasts 2 minutes and 35 seconds, Blair and Larson start falling asleep.
Of course, the wine is poisoned. I pretty well fell asleep too.
Outside, Anderson, Higgins, and Stanhope (who I will refer to collectively as the three stooges) reluctantly return to the rocket after the thirty-minute limit. The creature watches them from the bushes as they board the rocket.
We are treated to another rendition of Stranger In Paradise, this one lasting 2 minutes and 45 seconds, courtesy of Cy Roth. We watch the girls frolic in a garden.
Hestia enters Blair's room through a screen door. Blair wakes up and asks her what's going on, but she won't answer. She leads him out onto the terrace, and then starts speaking. She says that Prassus holds the girls prisoner there, and that he can hear everything being said indoors. They really are from Atlantis, and they came to Jupiter because at the time, they thought the whole Earth was doomed. Blair, of course, wants to escape with Hestia. She calls him 'her love', and leaves. It appears that he buys into the whole 'my love' thing. All she did was lure him into the city and then help drug him. Blair wanders back into his room, but is summoned by Prassus. A girl shows up and leads Blair out of his room. As they walk outside, she informs him that her name is Duessa, and that there is no need for any of them to leave New Atlantis. She says the wall keeps the creature out and them in.
Meanwhile, a bunch of other girls wake Larson and give him another drink. Larson repeatedly asks to be alone. He asks to see Blair, but the girls politely tell him that he is their prisoner.
The three stooges see something outside the rocket. They watch it with radar. It is, of course, the evil creature. Anderson wants to find Blair and Larson immediately, but Higgins gets him to wait until noon.
Know this: Higgins is currently wearing a t-shirt.
We see a close up of Higgins' Longines Space Watch indicating the noon hour. However, the watch is on an arm with a full sleeve over it, suggesting Higgins is now wearing a long sleeved shirt. When we see him next, he's wearing his t-shirt again. Oops.
They leave the rocket to find their men. The creature follows them. We get to see the three stooges walking along for 25 enthralling seconds.
Prassus outlines his plan to revitalize New Atlantis, and it is one action: kill the creature. Right on cue, he encourages Blair to drink, but Hestia stops him with a loving squeeze of the shoulder, and while Prassus rambles to the painting of Aphrodite, she switches their drinks. Prassus drinks it all up, and quickly falls asleep. The whole while, we hear Stranger In Paradise for another 90 seconds. I'm quickly growing tired of that damn song.
The three stooges arrive at where they left their men, only to find the entrance is sealed. Discouraged, they look around and spot the creature in the nearby bushes. It roars unconvincingly at them. They try to scare it with a warning shot, and then fire directly at it. Nothing happens, and it slowly starts to lumber towards them. With a wimpy throw, Higgins throws a 'gas grenade' at the creature, and it drives the creature away. The stooges walk away, wondering about the creature. Stanhope is sure it is a 'throwback to the Caveman classification, Neanderthal period'. I didn't know 'Caveman' had a specific place in taxonomy, but never mind.
Once again, we get another scene featuring Stranger In Paradise. Hestia is plotting escape with Blair, but Duessa is spying on them. According to Hestia, only Prassus can let people out of New Atlantis. Also, the girls are all his daughters only by law, since he is the only male there. However, Prassus wants the creature destroyed so they can all wander freely about the moon. I wish Prassus were made out to be more of a bad guy. He doesn't seem to be so bad, just a little devious. Hestia leaves, promising to return at sunset.
Blair is not satisfied. He starts looking for a way out, and he shouts at Larson through the walls. We waste a few seconds while we listen to them just shouting each other's names at the walls.
While looking for an entrance to New Atlantis, the stooges decide to rest. Higgins then spots a tree growing next to the wall. Stanhope is drafted into climbing the tree to see over the wall. He, of course, spots the garden and the girls. He climbs down, and as he describes what he saw, he makes an overly long and not-very-funny joke about the fauna (or rather, faunae) that he saw inside the walls. It's jokes like these that made me cringe. They're so trite.
Now, Mr. Roth must have known that the movie was sagging by this point, so he tried to make shorter scenes to try and quicken this thing. We see Hestia making sure Prassus is asleep. Then we watch Blair continuing a fruitless search for a way out of his room. He is banging metal cups against the walls.
Meanwhile, Anderson and Stanhope prop a limb up against the wall. Judging from this scene, Higgins would be Moe in my little Stooges analogy.
As soon as the limb rests against the top of the wall, it explodes and catches fire. The girls inside the wall scream, thinking it's the creature. Then they calm down when they realize it's just a fallen tree and continue to stand around.
The wall is electrified, thus barring the stooges from entering. They're discouraged, but then they hit upon the brilliant idea to tunnel under the wall. Of course, they don't know how deep the wall goes, but at least they're willing to try.
Back on Earth, mission control is getting worried. It's been hours since last contact. The six guys in the background look bored but are supposed to be worried. I found it odd that their positioning or wardrobe does not change each time we see mission control, and hours or days are supposed to have passed each time we cut back to them.
Hestia is walking through a hallway when the other girls ambush her. They quickly tie her up with ease. They carry her away.
Larson too is looking for an escape by banging things against the walls. He sits down on his bed, lights another cigarette, and we get a nice close up of him smoking and thinking.
We are now presented with a whole new set (wow). It's darker and more evil. The painting of Aphrodite is in the background, behind a flame pit. A large stone altar sits in the middle of the room, and Hestia is lying on it, tied up. The girls are seated on the floor, speaking an evil chant about the Sun god and punishments. We get more dancing that lasts 50 seconds. The girls then demand a sacrifice. Duessa stands and passes judgment:
"[Unintelligible] the God of Sun is angered. This daughter has violated His law. The code of Atlantis says the eldest daughter must be married first, and I, Duessa, am the eldest. The God of Sun has passed judgment. At the first ray of light, you must die."What Hestia's consultation with the prisoners has to do with marriage is beyond me. I couldn't really explain this passage. Hestia never said she would marry Blair.
Suddenly, the girls bring in the stooges, also tied up. They were caught in the garden, which means their tunnel project was a success. However, they look clean and untouched by dirt. Also, Duessa's judgment implies that it is nighttime, so the stooges were digging all afternoon and perhaps long into the evening before getting caught once inside. They don't seem to be tired from all that hard work. Never mind that.
One of the fire maidens suggests that all the men should watch the sacrifice. The others agree, and they all rush off to get Blair and Larson.
Finally, Blair stumbles on the way out. He comes across it as he smokes (surprise, surprise). He leans against a chair in his room, but it gives and slides across the floor. The door opens. Apparently, moving the chair opens the doors. Is it just me, or is that stupid. Blair escapes and makes his way to Larson's room. There, he yells at Larson, giving him instructions to leave the room. Somehow, Blair knows the geography of Larson's room and the positioning of the chair that Larson must push. It's In The Script. Larson joins Blair, and they walk around trying to get their bearings.
We get a generous shot of the maiden's legs as they walk by. Larson and Blair evade them in the hall. Then they enter the room where they left Prassus to sleep. They try to find their guns because Prassus hid them.
Meanwhile, the maidens find out that Blair and Larson are gone, so they head back to the fire room to secure the captured stooges.
Blair finds their guns, and it's almost sunrise. Larson wants to get out of there as fast as possible, but Blair wants to take Hestia with them. They leave the old guy behind.
Outside, the creature finds the tunnel under the wall, looks at it for a moment, and then enters the city.
Blair and Larson find more weaponry, but they're lost in the tunnels.
Prassus wakes up with a headache and stumbles out of his room.
Meanwhile, the maidens seem to have forgotten about Blair and Larson and are engaged in more interpretive dance for 1 minute and 26 seconds. Everybody watches the big production.
Prassus is outside for some reason, in the garden. On cue, the creature grabs him into the bushes and kills him.
Blair and Larson hear something. They hear music being played and voices. They hear music coming from the fire room. Music. There are no instruments and no sources of music in the fire room. How can they hear something from the film's soundtrack?! AARRGGHHH!!!
The creature finds the fire room first, and pauses to enter. The girls spot it, scream, and flee for the safety of the room's walls. The creature growls and roars, and here it looks the most ridiculous. I was laughing. The stooges look worked up. Hestia looks frightened. Duessa looks oddly mesmerized. The monster approaches, and there's more screaming. The creature picks up Duessa and throws her off-camera. We never really learn of her fate, but I assume she died because we never see her again. The other maidens scream with horror, but the screaming is dubbed out for some unknown reason. We only see them screaming.
The creature turns to Hestia when Blair and Larson arrive. They shoot at the urging of the stooges, but the creature is immune to bullets. It stands up on the altar, at Hestia's feet, and roars stupidly. Blair throws a gas grenade at the creature and a big puff of whitish smoke envelopes the creature. Obviously, no thought was given to Hestia, who was also enveloped with the gas. The creature roars and tips over into the flame pit, where it dies in a blaze of fire.
We get to see Blair untie Hestia and Larson untie the stooges for a few moments, and we get to hear a reprisal of Stranger In Paradise.
Blair and Hestia share some words:
Hestia: "I prayed for you."Then they kiss. How nice.
Blair leads them out of the city, expecting Prassus to show resistance. However, once outside, they find Prassus' body in the bushes. The maidens make a weird ceremonial-looking death gesture accompanied by a sigh. By default, Hestia is Queen of Atlantis. Her first order of business is to crown another maiden as temporary ruler of Atlantis because Hestia is going to Earth with her love, Blair. The maidens were, however, expecting husbands. Blair tells them that more expeditions will be coming, perhaps loaded with horny men. The stooges are eager to stay, and they make some bad joke-like comments.
Back at the rocket, the crew prepares to leave heavy one passenger. All the girls make a wimpy goodbye wave to Hestia and the other men as they climb up the ladder. They board the rocket, and signal Earth that the mission is complete. Blair and Hestia stand close as the rocket takes off. We see 'The End' superimposed over the rocket takeoff, and I was mercifully relieved that it was over for me too.
This movie has scarred me for life. Never again can I listen to Stranger In Paradise. Like Alex in A Clockwork Orange, I've permanently associated something awful with something harmless. In case you're wondering, you get to hear a total of 10 minutes and 6 seconds of the song through the whole movie. That's roughly 13% of the entire movie! Still, the creature is a redeeming point. It is so stupid. It has a lot of unanswered questions too. Is it the only one? Was it native to that moon? We'll never know. Who cares, really?
I thought the product placement was great. I counted Longines (a timepiece company that is still around) Coca-Cola, and Polaroid. So if you like boredom, interpretive dance, and Stranger In Paradise, I recommend this movie to you. Otherwise, you might want to stick to originals like Cat-Women of the Moon.
Some notes about this film:
-Dr. Higgins was played by Sydney Tafler, who would go on to play the captain of the Liparus in one of my favourite movies, The Spy Who Loved Me.By the way, Jupiter does have a thirteenth moon in reality. In fact, as of April 2004, Jupiter has 61 moons. The thirteenth moon of Jupiter is called 'Ananke'. It was discovered in 1951, and is about 31 kilometers across, and it has no atmosphere. It is probably a captured asteroid.
Note - I taped this movie off the television. I timed it, and its running time without commercials matches its actual running time, so I am assuming no parts have been removed. This may not be the case, so if I am wrong, my apologies.
April 19, 2004
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