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Dark Star (1974)

G  |   |  Comedy, Sci-Fi  |  9 February 1979 (West Germany)
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In the far reaches of space, a small crew, 20 years into their solitary mission, find things beginning to go hilariously wrong.

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Storyline

Low-budget story of four astronauts in deep space, whose mission is to destroy unstable planets in star systems which are to be colonised. The late Commander Powell is stored in deep freeze, where he is still able to offer advice. As their mission nears completion, they must cope with a runaway alien which resembles a beach-ball, faulty computer systems, and a "smart bomb" who thinks it is God. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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What would you be like after 20 years aboard DARK STAR the spaced-out spaceship. The ultimate cosmic comedy! See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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9 February 1979 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Estrella oscura  »

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Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)
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| (Original Version) | (Director's Cut) | (original student film)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Co-writer Dan O'Bannon later reused the "alien mascot" section of the film as the basis of his script for Alien (1979). See more »

Goofs

When they're chasing the "alien" through the bowels of the ship, one of the poorly lit rooms is actually a basement. You can see the conventional lightswitch and the conduit on the wall. See more »

Quotes

[Pinback wants the bomb to disarm]
Pinback: All right, bomb. Prepare to receive new orders.
Bomb#20: You are false data.
Pinback: Hmmm?
Bomb #20: Therefore I shall ignore you.
Pinback: Hello... bomb?
Bomb #20: False data can act only as a distraction. Therefore, I shall refuse to perceive.
Pinback: Hey, bomb?
Bomb #20: The only thing that exists is myself.
Pinback: Snap out of it, bomb.
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Referenced in Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010) See more »

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Benson Arizona
Music by John Carpenter
Lyrics by Bill Taylor
Vocals by John Yager (uncredited)
[Played over the opening and closing credits]
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A demented outer space comedy from John Carpenter.
12 November 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Dark Star (1974) was a student film that John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon worked on while they were in college. They later found a film distributor who asked them to expand it to feature film length. The movie takes place in a small, cramped out of date spacecraft. Several astronauts are on board (who have been around each other to long) trying to complete their mission of destroying unstable planets. I found this film to be very entertaining and bizarre. I enjoyed it very much. The highlight of this film is when a computerized bomb decides that he doesn't want to take orders from the astronauts anymore and ponders the meaning of life. Highly recommended, but it's not your average Sci-Fi film.

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