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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(original story and screenplay), (original story and screenplay)

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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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They're not lost in space, they're loose! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

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G | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 February 1979 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Estrella oscura  »

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Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

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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

The idea to deep-freeze the dead (Commander Powell) and be able to speak to their half-living souls through an electronic device is inspired by sci-fi short stories and novels by Philip K. Dick, in such works as "What the Dead Men Say" (1963) or "Ubik" (1969). The frost, the radio tuning and the clouded, feeble and fainting thoughts are exactly as described by Dick. See more »

Goofs

When Boiler starts yelling to Pinback that he can use the gun to shoot the pins off Bomb #20, his dialogue doesn't match his lips at all. See more »

Quotes

Pinback: [to the alien] When I brought you on this ship, I thought you were cute.
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Referenced in Let There Be Light: The Odyssey of Dark Star (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

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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User Reviews

 
Astronauts on a senseless mission through Space, Philosophic Bombs, a lot of subtle humor, and those bearts oh my, oh my..
27 March 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

A Great Movie, i think it was made in Film School and is the first Movie available by John Carpenter.. The great thing besides the Humor, are those little typical low-budget Mistakes like the actor in the "lift" scene who is pretty clearly just lying on a common Floor.. The "mOnster" is amazing too its funny to see how a Ball with gloves can actually act, and a little music makes it scary..

The Last Scene is clearly inspired by Ray Bradburys (Fahrenheit 451) Short Story "Kaleidoscope"..

Sorry for my poor English, but i just had to write something to this incredible piece of film..


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