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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 (150 total) »

Cast

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

Dan O'Bannon ... 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
Jack H. Harris .... executive producer
J. Stein Kaplan .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Carpenter 
 
Cinematography by
Douglas Knapp (director of photography)
 
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-recording
Nick Spaulding .... sound effects cutter
 
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 photography
Nick Castle .... camera assistant
Cliff Fenneman .... additional photography
Les Rumsey .... key grip
 
Other crew
Jack H. Harris .... presenter
Jack F. Murphy .... production associate (as Jack Murphy)
Craig Portman .... creative consultant
Craig Portman .... engineering
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:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Australia:MA (cable TV rating) | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1989) (1997) | USA:G | West Germany:6 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The actor who played "Talby" had a heavy accent; eventually all of his dialogue was re-dubbed, allegedly by John Carpenter himself.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:In the beginning, there was darkness. And the darkness was without form, and void.
Boiler:What the hell is he talking about?
Bomb#20:And in addition to the darkness there was also me. And I moved upon the face of the darkness. And I saw that I was alone. Let there be light.
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Movie Connections:
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 38 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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