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Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)

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A young farmer sets out to recruit mercenaries to defend his peaceful planet, which is under threat of invasion by the evil tyrant Sador and his armada of aggressors.

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Jimmy T. Murakami, Roger Corman (uncredited)

Writers:

John Sayles (screenplay by), John Sayles (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Thomas ... Shad
Robert Vaughn ... Gelt
John Saxon ... Sador
George Peppard ... Cowboy
Darlanne Fluegel ... Nanelia
Sybil Danning ... St. Exmin
Sam Jaffe ... Dr. Hephaestus
Morgan Woodward ... Cayman
Earl Boen ... Nestor 1
John Gowans ... Nestor 2 (as John Gowens)
Steve Davis Steve Davis ... Quopeg
Lawrence Steven Meyers Lawrence Steven Meyers ... Kelvin (as Larry Meyers)
Lara Cody Lara Cody ... Kelvin
Lynn Carlin ... Nell (voice)
Jeff Corey ... Zed
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Storyline

Shad, a young farmer, assembles a band of diverse mercenaries in outer space to defend his peaceful planet from the evil tyrant Sador and his armada of aggressors. Among the mercenaries are Space Cowboy, a spacegoing truck driver from Earth; Gelt, a wealthy but experienced assassin looking for a place to hide; and Saint-Exmin, a Valkyrie warrior looking to prove herself in battle. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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A battle beyond time, beyond space. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1980 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle Beyond the Stars See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was Roger Corman's most expensive feature up to that time, costing $2 million. Corman's production company, New World Pictures, was known for its low-budget adventure movies, but when Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) was released and set a new standard in genre movies, he realized he had to up his game. Most of the budget was spent on salaries for Robert Vaughn and George Peppard, who both had high asking prices. Corman approached several companies to do the special effects, but none could do it for less than the entire $2 million production budget. Corman then decided to create his own in-house special effects department, which would employ a young James Cameron. See more »

Goofs

In the "I could do wonders for that boy..." scene with Darlanne Fluegel, Sybil Danning has a white business-card tucked into her holster-garter. See more »

Quotes

Akira Boy: Mister, are you a bad man?
Gelt: That's right.
Akira Girl: Why?
Gelt: I don't think the way you Akira do. If you think different, you get called "bad."
Akira Girl: How DO you feel?
Gelt: I don't.
Akira Boy: Mister, were you bad when you were little?
Gelt: I was never that little.
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Alternate Versions

In television airings of this film, the shots of Saint-Exmin (Sybil Danning) reclining in the cockpit of her spaceship often include an additional control panel matted into the scene to conceal her otherwise amply displayed bust. See more »

Connections

Edited into Droid Gunner (1995) See more »

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"I will return in seven risings."
23 February 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

John Boy from the Waltons goes out and recruits mercenaries to help fight off an evil space warlord. Among those he gets to help are the A-Team's Hannibal, the bad guy from Superman III, and Stirba the werewolf bitch. It's a fun cast. Roger Corman's sci-fi remake of Seven Samurai/Magnificent Seven is also the best Star Wars knockoff of the many that came out in the late '70s and early '80s. While many have called this movie cheap-looking, it's actually fairly impressive for a Corman production. He would reuse these sets and some footage for future crappier low-budgeters. This is a fun sci-fi adventure movie that should entertain you if you don't take it all so seriously.


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