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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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bomb | space | computer | alien | psychotronic | See more »

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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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$60,000 (estimated)
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The double rows of large buttons on the bridge consoles are ice cube trays illuminated from beneath. See more »

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During the elevator sequence, which was actually shot horizontally in a corridor, you can occasionally see the plank on which O'Bannon was lying. See more »

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Sgt. Pinback: [In a prerecorded diary entry, Pinback is giggling to himself as he speaks to the camera] I went up to Doolittle in the hall today... and I said -
[a subtitle reads "DELETED"]
Sgt. Pinback:
  • Doolittle... and he said -



[DELETED]
Sgt. Pinback:
  • and I said, well -



[DELETED, GESTURE DELETED]
Sgt. Pinback:
  • and he didn't get it!



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Spoofs 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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Benson Arizona
Music by John Carpenter
Lyrics by Bill Taylor
Vocals by John Yager
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I never realized Pinback wrote Alien!
13 December 2004 | by (Essex, UK) – See all my reviews

I first saw Dark Star about 25 years ago and have enthused about it ever since. It's definitely a movie that you've got to be in the mind for but it is funny, the music has the characteristic Carpenter style, is very hippyish in a lot of ways and the low-budget style works very well. The alien is great - apparently its feet are the ones used in "The Creature From The Black Lagoon"

It's a shame the DVD doesn't have any extras. I suppose there isn't much left lying around for them to use!

It's also incredible to think that it was only 5 years between the release of this and the release of Alien. Pinback is one of the characters in Dark Star, played by Dan O'Bannon and he is also the co-writer. Then he went on to write Alien!

Do see this film - but be in a laid-back mood when you do.


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