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Director:
Writers:
John Carpenter (original story and screenplay) and
Dan O'Bannon (original story and screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 February 1979 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
What Do You Say To A Talking Bomb? All Systems Snafu!!! See more »
Plot:
In the far reaches of space, a small crew, 20 years into their solitary mission, find things beginning to go hilariously wrong. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A silly little film See more (145 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Brian Narelle ... Lt. Doolittle
Cal Kuniholm ... Boiler
Dre Pahich ... Talby

Dan O'Bannon ... Sgt. Pinback
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adam Beckenbaugh ... Bomb #20 (uncredited)

John Carpenter ... Talby voice (uncredited)
Nick Castle ... Alien (uncredited)
Cookie Knapp ... Computer / 'Mother' (uncredited)
Joe Saunders ... Commander Powell (uncredited)
Alan Sheretz ... Bomb #19 (uncredited)
Miles Watkins ... Watkins - Mission Control (uncredited)

Directed by
John Carpenter 
 
Writing credits
John Carpenter (original story and screenplay) and
Dan O'Bannon (original story and screenplay)

Produced by
John Carpenter .... producer
J. Stein Kaplan .... associate producer
Jack H. Harris .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Carpenter 
 
Cinematography by
Douglas Knapp 
 
Film Editing by
Dan O'Bannon 
 
Production Design by
Dan O'Bannon 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J. Stein Kaplan .... assistant director
 
Art Department
David Seal .... chief carpenter
Tommy Lee Wallace .... associate art director (as Tom Wallace)
 
Sound Department
John Brasher .... sound effects
Nina Kleinberg .... sound
Leslie Shatz .... sound effects re-recordist
Nick Spaulding .... sound effects editor
 
Visual Effects by
Ron Cobb .... special effects
Bob Greenberg .... special effects
Gregory Jein .... special effects (as Greg Jein)
Dan O'Bannon .... special effects supervisor
Bill Taylor .... optical effects
Bill Taylor .... visual effects consultant
Harry Walton .... special effects
John C. Wash .... special effects (as John Wash)
Jim Danforth .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dale Beldin .... additional photographer
Nick Castle .... assistant camera
Cliff Fenneman .... additional photographer
Les Rumsey .... key grip
 
Other crew
Jack H. Harris .... presenter
Jack F. Murphy .... production associate (as Jack Murphy)
Craig Portman .... creative consultant
Craig Portman .... engineer
Terence H. Winkless .... production assistant: Terry Winkless
 
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Runtime:
83 min | 70 min (Original Version) | 71 min (Director's Cut) | 68 min (original student film)
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Color (Metrocolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
Continuity: Just before bomb #20 explodes, Pinback takes off his earphones, but they are back on a second later.See more »
Quotes:
Lt. Doolittle:The bomb must have gone off inside the ship
Talby:The ship blew up? What?
Lt. Doolittle:Funny, I thought I had the damned thing convinced.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Duck! The Carbine High Massacre (1999) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Benson ArizonaSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Director's Cut?
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23 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
A silly little film, 2 August 2005
Author: tomimt from Finland

John Carpenter's first film. Must be horror you say, but you'd be wrong in that account. Dark Star is a parodied view of future, in where a group of astronauts travel in space, destroying unstable planets in danger of hitting in to the sun, thus making them in to novas.

One would think there's lots of special effects in a movie like this, and one would be right. Those special effects just aren't extremely good in any standard, but they do have lots of charm. And I actually do believe, that if this movie would have any better specials it wouldn't be as funny as it's now.

I won't spoil the movie for you, but if you like sci-fi this just might suit for you then. It gave me couple of laughs.

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