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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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 »


Comedy | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

9 February 1979 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Estrella oscura  »

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$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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1.85 : 1
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The scene in which Pinback is stuck in the service elevator with his legs dangling through the floor hatch is clearly filmed in a corridor with the lift base being pulled horizontally along it. See more »


When Pinback says, "Now it's time to go sleepy-bye, you worthless piece of garbage" before shooting the alien, his mouth actually says "worthless piece of crap." See more »


Computer: You are now leaving the emergency airlock. Thank you for observing all safety precautions.
Talby: Wooohoooo!
[Talby shoots out of the ship at ludicrous speed]
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Referenced in Red Dwarf (1992) See more »


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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The Bizarro 2001
25 October 2004 | by (Lafayette,La.) – See all my reviews

I saw this film as a kid, dismissed it as boring, and moved on. Luckily, fate forced me to see it again about 2 years ago and (some are going to hate me for this) now i consider it second only to Kubrick's 2001:A Space Odyssey. The scope is gigantic, even though we're trapped inside the goofy little ship with these rejects (and they ARE rejects). It is a spoof of man's uninformed view of his place in the universe. It is filled to capacity with malfunctioning technology, illogical solutions to self-inflicted conflicts and a very genuine feeling of the isolation of deep space.

The music (John Carpenter is an innovator in film scoring) is strange and often indistinguishable from the zany noises of the ship's equipment and displays (who would ever create such tortuous bleeps and sirens for EVERY function of a spacecraft designed to house a couple of guys in the outermost regions of the galaxy?). The ship's computer is a perfect contast of Hal9000 (2001) in that SHE seems to understand her crew's dimwitted plight and ,after speaking to them in her programmed monotone, recognizes the need to go back and dumb herself down so that they can function accordingly. It is never explained whether she has assumed a mother-figure role or is simply acting out of self-preservation ,but ,like most of the more thought-provoking elements of this absurdist's fantasy, the viewer is merely given the bare-bones information and allowed to decide for itself.

Maybe all of this implied data caused me to make the movie better in my head than it actually is ,but how many films have you seen lately that can give you that freedom?

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