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Battlestar Galactica (1978)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  27 January 1979 (Japan)
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After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet in a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth.


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Two years in the making...Presented at a cost of $14,000,000. See more »


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Release Date:

27 January 1979 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Kampfstern Galactica  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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A film for children of all ages, especially those who never left the 70s and 80s
26 May 1999 | by (Isle of Wight, England) – See all my reviews

This film, and the television series that went with it, definitely had the greatest impact on a lot of boys' childhoods in the early 80s. If like me you are unsure of whether you saw Star Wars or this first, then a mutual fondness of both arises. Today Battlestar Galactica is considered to be an example of how not to do sci-fi - despite the opening promise, with the unforgettable destruction of humanity's home and the following promise of hope still bringing tears to my eyes - the series quickly degenerated into children's television aimed at the youngest and dimmest of children everywhere. But none of that affects the promise of this opening film, which has all the elements any successful film or TV Movie could hope to employ - drama, action, loyalty, betrayal, destruction and death, loss and hope, and the most lovable of characters everywhere - right down to Boxey, who by owning Muffit, was the envy of children everywhere... (In fact it's rumoured that Annakin Skywalker's look was based on him!) So overall, I would recommend this film - it symbolises all the good that made the late 70s memorable.

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