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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:
Science fiction with a funny bone See more (148 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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Trivia:
A computer screen flashes: "FUCK YOU HARRIS" during the film. This was a message directed towards Jack H. Harris, the producer, who annoyed director John Carpenter during production. Supposedly, the offensive sentence was his revenge. However, many people have a hard time finding it.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:
Talby:What a beautiful way to die - as a falling star.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Benson ArizonaSee more »

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What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Director's Cut?
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24 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Science fiction with a funny bone, 7 April 2004
Author: Klaatu-18 (b5guy@aol.com) from Dallas, TX USA

I saw this movie for the first time at the USA Film Festival. Held here in Big D every spring, the USAFF showcases films produced here in the USA. (No foreign films)

Each night they would show two new films, plus a retrospective film from the actor or director being honored that year. After the film, the film critic who selected the film would interview one or more of the people involved with the film's production.

Towards the end of the week, I arrived at the Bob Hope Theatre (on the SMU campus) to find a notice on the chalkboard: one of the films had cancelled out, and "Dark Star" a "sci-fi comedy" would be shown in its place.

Bringing science fiction and comedy together is a tricky business: usually either the SF content or the humor suffers. Or both.

I ended up being pleasantly surprised. The special effects were a little cheesy (Carpenter originally shot it as a film student, on a film students "budget"), but the characters were funny, and they got off some nice riffs.

Carpenter and O'Bannon (who also co-wrote the first "Alien" movie) produce a collection of odd characters on an extended mission. For the last 20 years they've been travelling the galaxies in search of "unstable planets" to destroy.

Unfortunately, the crew is falling apart. Boredom, apathy, mechanical malfunctions and a puckish alien mascot ensure that things only get worse and worse.

There's a clever parody of a scene from "2001" occurs when one of the bombs can't be released and has to be talked out of exploding.

And there's a reverse reference to one of O'Bannon's own script for "Alien" when the alien gets free and one of the crew has to track the thing down. (O'Bannon refers to this as "Alien" turned upside-down: instead of the alien chasing the crew, one of the crew chases the alien)

Lots of fun. Eight stars.

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