Help! Going a little mad trying to track down a film I saw when I was young.

A few things in the film stand out for me:

The male protagonist is some sort of ships pilot, who lands on a planet and drives around for a bit in a vehicle that is on stilts and has wheels on the end. It crashes into a boulder and he's reduced to carrying on on foot.

He encounters a man (or robot) in a crater, whose job it is is to push metal scrap boulders into holes. I think the pilot jumps into one of these holes and follows the tunnel. The tunnel ends at the top of a mountain where the boulder that has been pushed down rolls down into the crater, for the cycle of pushing to start again.

I watched it on the television twice - late 70s and again in the early 80s.

marked as duplicate by Otis, amflare, Bellatrix, Blackwood, Politank-Z Jan 20 '18 at 5:15

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  • This sounds like someone might be referencing Sisyphus with the boulders, but no dice adding that to the search. – FuzzyBoots Apr 25 '17 at 11:27

There is a chapter in the French-Japanese anime Ulysses 31 called "The Eternal Punishment" in which the storyline is very similar.

The character in that chapter is called Sisyphus too. The same reference to the classic myth.

  • I was aware of Ulysses, but dismissed it as I thought the animation was a different style. Thanks for the answer though. will have to watch it on YouTube now and verify. – Chris Apr 25 '17 at 13:05
  • I had a chance to watch it and it's definately that. However, Not sure about the reference to the vehicle that was on stilts and it craching. – Chris Apr 26 '17 at 12:20

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