IMDb > Dark Star (1974)
Dark Star
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Dark Star (1974) More at IMDbPro »

Videos
Dark Star -- Open-ended Trailer from Liberty

Overview

User Rating:
6.6/10   14,237 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 3% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
John Carpenter (original story and screenplay) and
Dan O'Bannon (original story and screenplay)
Contact:
View company contact information for Dark Star on IMDbPro.
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
I never realized Pinback wrote Alien! 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
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
83 min | 70 min (Original Version) | 71 min (Director's Cut) | 68 min (original student film)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The talking bombs were made out of plastic model kits for cars and trucks.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Lt Doolittle's cloth name tape on his uniform is spelled/misspelled "DOOLTTLE", obvious in the first scene in the Food Locker.See more »
Quotes:
Bomb #20:Intriguing. I wish I had more time to discuss this.
Doolittle:[frantic] Why don't you have more time?
Bomb #20:Because I must explode in 75 seconds.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Benson ArizonaSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Director's Cut?
See more »
50 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
I never realized Pinback wrote Alien!, 13 December 2004
Author: alan-potter-1 from Essex, UK

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.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (145 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Dark Star (1974)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Martin Segundo Easy listening thing ... felix-berger
Dan O'Bannon's Guide to Screenplay Structure - interview / review matthewhurwitz
Is Director's Cut (on Netflix) worth it? johnjohnson68510
Dark Star is not supposed to be a 'Comedy' at all. Stellartoa
Ever notice the names match up? darrylb500
About the 'Dodgers' part, which other recent film refers to this ? Maquina_Muerte
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Spaceballs Galaxy Quest Transformers The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 2001: A Space Odyssey
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.