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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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Bombed out in space with a spaced-out bomb! 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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Cookie Knapp got the computer voice gig because she answered the phone for cinematographer Douglas Knapp and John Carpenter loved the sound of her voice. See more »

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Just before bomb #20 explodes, Pinback takes off his earphones, but they are back on a second later. See more »

Quotes

Bomb#20: In the beginning, there was darkness. And the darkness was without form, and void.
Boiler: What the hell is he talking about?
Bomb#20: And in addition to the darkness there was also me. And I moved upon the face of the darkness. And I saw that I was alone. Let there be light.
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Referenced in The Beast Within: The Making of 'Alien' (2003) See more »

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Benson Arizona
Music by John Carpenter
Lyrics by Bill Taylor
Vocals by John Yager (uncredited)
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A Surreal Sci-Fi Classic
20 January 1999 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

I, too, caught this one on a Late Late Movie airing. What a hidden gem! The production value may be about what you'd expect from low budget early 70's Science Fiction, but it hardly detracts from the great writing and direction. It kept amazing me with the way it could deliver some of the best lines with such a wry subtleness that really impressed me. The metaphysical discussion at the end was classic and Pinback's past was also brilliantly done. The ending was a bit cheesy, but alien beachballs, campy explosions, and an absurdly sized ship model aside, this movie is genius.


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