Battle Beyond the Sun (1962)
Battle Beyond the Sun
Directed by Mikhail Karzhukov and Aleksandr Kozyr
This Russian film (Nebo Zovyot) was bought by American International and re-worked by Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Russians, what else?
It seems that American-International (a studio that specialized in ultra-low budget fare in the 60’s) bought this film and utterly destroyed it—slicing a two hour plus film into a 64 minute film! Plus, much of this 64 minutes was new material (such as the “monsters”)—so you know that this film bears almost no similarity to the original. The original film appears to be a rather straight drama about the Soviet conquest of space —though I really am not sure what it was originally!”