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In the distant future, a highly sexual woman is assigned with finding and stopping the evil Durand-Durand. Along the way, she encounters various unusual people.



(comic "Barbarella") (as Jean Claude Forest), (collaborating writer) (as Claude Brule) | 7 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Concierge / Durand-Durand
Véronique Vendell ...
Captain Moon (as Veronique Vendell)
Giancarlo Cobelli ...
Serge Marquand ...
Nino Musco
Franco Gulà
Catherine Chevallier ...
Marie Therese Chevallier ...
Umberto Di Grazia


The year is 40,000. After peaceful floating in zero-gravity, astronaut Barbarella lands on the frozen planet Lythion and sets out to find renowned scientist Durand Durand in the City of Night, Sogo, where a new sin is invented every hour. There, she encounters such objects as the Excessive Machine, a genuine sex organ on which an expert artist of the keyboard, in this case, Durand Durand himself, can drive a victim to death by pleasure, a lesbian queen who can make her fantasies take form in her Chamber of Dreams, and a group of ladies smoking a giant hookah which dispenses Essence of Man through a poor victim struggling in its glass globe. You can not help but be impressed by the special effects crew and the various ways that were found to tear off what minimal clothes our heroine seemed to possess. Written by alfiehitchie

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The space age adventuress whose sex-ploits are among the most bizarre ever seen. See more »


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Release Date:

10 October 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Barbarella  »

Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was set was in the 401st Century in 40,000 A.D., but this is only stated in publicity material. In the actual movie, no year is ever mentioned, so it could be set in any year. See more »


During the opening sequence, as Barbarella's face is revealed, a camera is reflected in the front of her helmet. See more »


[first lines]
videophone: Stand by for a message from Dianthus, President of Earth and Rotating Premier of the Sun System.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the letters in the words move around in an attempt to obscure Barbarella's nudity. See more »


Written by Bob Crewe & Charles Fox
Performed by The Glitterhouse
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User Reviews

the most beautiful film ever made
11 August 2003 | by (Suffolk, uk) – See all my reviews

This film is beautiful. From the gorgeous Jane Fonda, and sexy Pygar to the wonderful costumes, and the very shiney sets, there is nothing ugly in the whole thing.

Unbelievably silly it has some fantastic lines of dialogue like "de-crucify the angel or I melt your face!" Great characters, a killer lava lamp, fur lined space ship and a villain called Duran Duran.

The evil organ of desire scene, and the opening strip tease still manage to be erotic, even though this film is dated. Cult with a capital C, this is never going to appeal to a mainstream audience, and yet remains my favourite movie of all time. A classic. And very pretty pretty.

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