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Hardware Wars (1978)

 -  Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi  -  October 1978 (USA)
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Complete credited cast:
Frank Robertson ...
Scott Mathews ...
Jeff Hale ...
Cindy Furgatch ...
Bob Knickerbocker ...
Paul Frees ...
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Artie Deco ...
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Ernie Fosselius
Walt Kraemer ...
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A parody of Star Wars, presented in the form of a movie preview. Young Fluke Starbucker, under the tutelage of Auggie "Ben" Doggie, learns to master the power of the Farce, while teaming up with Ham Salad to rescue Princess Anne-Droid and aid her fight against the evil Empire. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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May the Farce be with you. See more »

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$8,000 (estimated)

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$500,000 (USA)
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Paul Frees was an obvious choice as the narrator for this short - he had narrated the original advance teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). See more »

Quotes

Auggie Ben Doggie: Your father wanted you to have this - when you were old enough.
Fluke Starbucker: Gosh! Wowee! Jeepers! Golly willickers!
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Bar Song: Slim Chance and Derange Riders See more »

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Spoofs Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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Ride of the Valkyries
(from "Die Walküre")
Music by Richard Wagner
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A brilliant little piece of satire
10 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This short makes plainly clear that you don't need a huge budget or big stars to make brilliant humor. Star Wars has tons of clichés and plot holes that make it ripe for parody picking. Ernie Fosselius, with a shoestring budget cranked out this gem at the height of Star Wars mania. Compare it with Spaceballs. Mel Brooks' reputation got him cart blanch green lighting, a $22.7 million budget, and a cast of talented and funny stars as well as an army of the best comedy writers, including Brooks himself. Despite all that, he produced a true stinker! Spaceballs is below the sophistication level of a 12 year old boy, the jokes and gags are overly explained and overt. I'm a big fan of parodies and generally love Mel Brooks' films but that waste of my time couldn't get a single laugh from me. Perfect proof that money, talent and advertising do not equal good comedy. This short was made by a cast of amateurs with mostly 'found items' for props, for around $2000 and only takes 15 minutes to watch! It's 'off the cuff', 'don't take yourself too seriously' feel is a lot like Mystery Science Theater 3000. I laughed till I cried watching this and periodically re-watch it just for a pick me up. Find Hardware Wars on YouTube and see what real comedy is like.


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