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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:
I Get It & I Don't! 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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Talby's spacesuit chestplate is made from a muffin tray.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in First Works (1989) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Benson ArizonaSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Director's Cut?
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27 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
I Get It & I Don't!, 15 July 2004

When one takes into account that this was the first real film venture of John Carpenter and Dan O' Bannon, two incredibly influential and talented movie personas, Dark Star is not all that bad. It has some imaginative camera shots, an intriguing storyline, and some unique, definitely not mainstream humour. The story about the humdrum nature of flying in space for an interminable time has several layers peeled in the script. If I judged the film solely on those merits, it would indeed do well. However, the film has a snail's pace and some uneven plot twists, not to mention some not very good acting. Many of Carpenter's soon-to-be-signature trademarks are clearly evident in this film. No denying it, the man has talent. The film was made with a shoestring budget, but Carpenter and crew do a workmanlike job with the resources they had. Clearly, the greatest appreciation for this film is not for the product itself but for the potential and early, evident development of Carpenter and to a lesser degree O' Bannon.

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