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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
Yanti Somer ...
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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2XL: I control the lives and the brains of all the inhabitants here! I keep them alive as I see fit, just as a shepherd controls the sheep, and then, at any moment, sheers the sheep!
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Best. Movie. Evar.
31 May 2006 | by (Maine, USA) – See all my reviews

I laughed. I cried. Then I watched Battle of the Planets or whatever it was called. Seriously. Hilariously bad. This is sort of a spaghetti space western I guess. Extremely low production values -even for a 70s sci-fi flick. Really strange and bad acting complements the nonsensical story. I'm pretty sure that the stars were just white paint splattered on black boards or occasionally white Christmas tree lights. For the space walk scenes it appears that they just turned the camera on its side while people waved their arms around.

I got this movie as part of the 50 Classic Sci-Fi Movies pack available at amazon.com or that deep discount DVD place. I highly recommend getting one or more of those.


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