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Battle of the Stars (1978)
"Battaglie negli spazi stellari" (original title)

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A spaceship investigates an out-of-control planet and discovers a computer that controls an underground civilization.

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Captain Mike Layton
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Diane Greene
Walter Maestosi ...
Irk
Massimo De Cecco ...
Azar
Gaetano Balestrieri
Massimo Bonetti ...
Vassilov
Aldo Canti ...
Frank Bimble (as Nick Jordan)
Omero Capanna
Romeo Costantini
Giuseppe Fortis
Daniele Dublino
Manfred Freyberger
Marco Gelardini
Enrico Gozzo
Raffaele Muraglia
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An insubordinate space captain investigates an apparently deserted but unstable planet after being drawn there by a mysterious gravitational force. He and his expedition discover the remnants of the once dominant civilization living on a subsistence level in caves. Long ago their advanced society had become so complacent that they built a super-computer to run and maintain the machines that supported their indolent, self-indulgent lifestyle. After the machines were destroyed by a meteor shower, the inhabitants found themselves without the knowledge to rebuild them, completely subservient to the computer whose megalomania was now unchallenged. The cruel cyber-despot reveals that it arranged for ship's landing because it needs the skills of the Earthlings to make critical repairs in its damaged circuitry. When the computer announces future plans for the conquest of the Universe, the captain and his crew know it is time to act. Written by (duke1029@aol.com)

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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence | See all certifications »
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17 February 1978 (Italy)  »

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Amok the Sage: [via telepathy] Release them. I am Amok, strangers. My voice is pure thought that reaches the mind.
Ensign Holden: [agitated] Hey, how does that guy know our language?
Captain Hamilton: [intently] Shut up, Richard. It's us. Our brainwaves make the telepathy become sound!
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Spectacularly bad
20 September 2004 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

Where to begin? The clothes all look like they're from a 30's sci fi film, even though this was made in the 70s. The dubbing is terrible. The plot is almost totally incoherent; it centers around a hothead space captain who believes that he can make better decisions than computers, and therefore is always getting into trouble (though in this film, he's probably right considering that the main computer is called "The Wiz", no kidding!). The characters actions often don't make any sense, like one scene where two crew members die, but everyone else is happy for no good reason. The evil giant robot looks like something they made on purpose to make people laugh, but you're supposed to think it's scary. Throughout everything, the deadly earnest and serious tone of the acting and story just makes the whole experience more surreal and more funny. My favorite scenes: destroying the giant robot/computer, and the space command guys dealing with the reporters. This film is worth seeing with a bunch of friends, with or without any substances that may enhance one's sense of humor!


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