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Barbarella (1968)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy  |  10 October 1968 (USA)
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In the far future, a highly sexual woman is assigned with finding and stopping the evil Durand-Durand. Along the way, she encounters various unusual people.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Concierge / Durand-Durand
Claude Dauphin ...
Véronique Vendell ...
Captain Moon (as Veronique Vendell)
Giancarlo Cobelli
Serge Marquand ...
Nino Musco
Franco Gulà
Catherine Chevallier ...
Marie Therese Chevallier ...
Umberto Di Grazia


After an in-flight anti-gravity striptease (masked by the film's opening titles), Barbarella, a 41st century astronaut, lands on the planet Lythion and sets out to find the evil Durand Durand in the city of Sogo, where a new sin is invented every hour. There, she encounters such objects as the Exessive Machine, a genuine sex organ on which an accomplished artist of the keyboard, in this case, Durand Durand himself, can drive a victim to death by pleasure, a lesbian queen who, in her dream chamber, can make her fantasies take form, and a group of ladies smoking a giant hookah which, via a poor victim struggling in its glass globe, dispenses Essance of Man. You can't help but be impressed by the special effects crew and the various ways that were found to tear off what few clothes our heroine seemed to possess. Based on the popular French comic strip. Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

10 October 1968 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film is part the "sex kitten" era of Jane Fonda's filmography. This was the film that popularized Fonda label as a "sex kitten". See more »


Pygar claims that the Great Tyrant put out his eyes, but they are clearly visible. In the original comic he wore a blindfold over them. 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 »


Love Theme from 'Barbarella'
Written by Bob Crewe & Charles Fox
Performed by The Glitterhouse
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Pure Candy
16 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you're looking for a quality science fantasy experience, you will probably be disappointed in BARBARELLA, which tells a typical story of an intergallactic astronaught who is sent on a mission to save a brilliant scientist from the clutches of an evil force that threatens to destroy the universe.

On her quest she finds daunting foes, unexpected comrades and twists and turns like any good superhero story should have. The only problem is that her world is made up of Christmas lights, cellophane and balsa wood, and it's all held together with scotch tape.

However what some might consider schlock entertainment, I saw it as pure camp all the way, with some hysterical situations and outrageous costumes draped over not-so-difficult-to-look-at actors (especially our babe-o-naught Ms. Fonda), and to top off the cake we have an icing of infectious music by comedic composer Charles Fox (9 to 5, Foul Play) and singer/songwriter Bob Crewe.

This is pure candy all the way so don't expect any nutrition here, but if you let it happen instead of looking for more, you may find yourself inspired to watch it again and again, when you don't feel like using any brain cells in this dimension.

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