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Director:
Writers:
Luigi Cozzi (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
9 March 1979 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The ultimate inter-galactic adventure See more »
Plot:
An outlaw smuggler and her alien companion are recruited by the Emperor of the Galaxy to rescue his son and destroy a secret weapon by the evil Count Zarth Arn. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Watch it for Caroline See more (74 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marjoe Gortner ... Akton

Caroline Munro ... Stella Star

Christopher Plummer ... The Emperor

David Hasselhoff ... Prince Simon

Robert Tessier ... Thor
Joe Spinell ... Count Zarth Arn
Nadia Cassini ... Queen of the Amazons
Judd Hamilton ... Elle
Hamilton Camp ... Elle (voice: English version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Salvatore Baccaro ... Neanderthal Man (uncredited)

Candy Clark ... Stella Star (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Dirce Funari ... Amazon Woman (uncredited)
Donald Hodson ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Cindy Leadbetter ... Amazon Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Luigi Cozzi  (as Lewis Coates)
 
Writing credits
Luigi Cozzi (screenplay) (as Lewis Coates) &
Nat Wachsberger (screenplay)

R.A. Dillon (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Nat Wachsberger .... producer
Patrick Wachsberger .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Beeson 
Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli  (as Roberto D'Ettorre)
 
Film Editing by
Sergio Montanari 
 
Production Design by
Aurelio Crugnola  (as Aurelio Crugnolla)
 
Makeup Department
Giancarlo De Leonardis .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Luigi Nannerini .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Goffredo Unger .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Maria-Teresa Barbasso .... set designer (uncredited)
Lucas Gunn .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects (as Massimo Anzelotti)
Stephen Bushelman .... dialogue editor (as Steve Bushelman)
Don Digirolamo .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Tex Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer
Howard S. Wollman .... sound re-recording mixer (as Howard Wollman)
 
Special Effects by
Germano Natali .... special effects director
Armando Valcauda .... special effects director
Matteo Verzini .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ron Hays .... electronic visual effects supervisor
Paolo Zeccara .... model maker (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua .... stunts
Goffredo Unger .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Massimo Pau .... second assistant camera
Fabrizio Vicari .... assistant camera
 
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
John Barry .... music arranger
Kenneth Hall .... supervising music editor (as Ken Hall)
 
Other crew
Beatrice M. Thomas .... dialogue supervisor
Joe Spinell .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Star Battle Encounters" - Philippines (English title)
"Star Crash" - USA (poster title)
"The Adventures of Stella Star" - USA
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Runtime:
USA:92 min | Italy:94 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Finland:K-12 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
The spaceship in the opening sequence bears the name Murray Leinster, after the Science Fiction writer and special effect pioneer of the same name.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Stella's wardrobe changes many times during a single scene throughout the film. At one point her leather two piece attire will have straps across her midsection as well as a red collar but they will disappear and later reappear during the same scene.See more »
Quotes:
The Emperor:For the space of three minutes, every molecule on this planet will be immobilized. But after the third minute, the green ray loses it's power. Time will flow once more and everything will explode.
Simon:Three minutes are enough, father.
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Movie Connections:
References Flash Gordon (1936/I)See more »

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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Watch it for Caroline, 26 January 2006
Author: robin-414 from United Kingdom

When I saw stills of this movie back in 1979, I thought someone had finally made a film just for me. It had spaceships, and robots and something that Star Wars didn't have: Caroline Munro. I waited in vain for its appearance at the cinema. It turned up on TV one afternoon in the beginning of 1985. Well, it was nearly the film I had been waiting for. Overall, it's got everything a b-movie addict can want: ambitious, but not always successful visual effects, at least one Shakespearian actor forced to recite comic strip dialogue, plenty of continuity errors, and a number of very attractive young women, principally, the said Miss Munro, as Stella Star.

It was a shock to find that the very English tones of Caroline had been dubbed by an American voice artist, but that's the movie business. The French speaking version(even for non-French speakers, such as myself) is preferable. Stella's voice is light and playful, and the robot, instead of the 'amusing' cowboy voice in the English language version, talks in mournful, echoey tones, which, for me, works very well.

Caroline Munro, although playing the central character, gets rather sidelined throughout the proceedings; however, she has two scenes in the first part of the story in which the action revolves around her, and if these are the best parts of the whole movie. Her skirmish with a tribe of amazons makes for a very exciting sequence. Inexplicably, but stunningly clad in a shiny black bikini, and thigh length boots, she dominates this sequence. It's a shame that an important section of it, in which the amazons attach her to a mind-probe device, was deleted because of film exposure problems. The film does, unfortunately, contain several instances where a prop or effect has been abandoned at the last minute, and a build-up is all for nothing.

Seek out one of the early drafts on the script (tucked away on the DVD set, if you dig deep enough), to get some idea of what might have been, had not the production been plagued with misfortune.

There are several ways to enjoy this movie. Pick out the bits you like, and ignore the rest; look on it as a latter-day Flash Gordon Serial-style entertainment (it does rattle along at breakneck speed when it gets going), and forget all about logic, and literacy, and the rules of storytelling; or just shut your eyes and listen to John Barry's fabulous orchestral score.

I like Starcrash for two reasons. Caroline Munro is one of them. The other is the fact that Luigi Cozzi wanted to make the movie he'd always wanted to see. He'd written the script before Star Wars came out, and it was only pressure from the studio that forced him to imitate elements of that film. Conversely, it was budget restraints and studio disputes that hampered his efforts.

At the beginning of this review, I made what may seem like a disparaging remark about the visual effects. In a day when we're used to spectacular CGI extravaganzas produced by hundreds of artists and technicians, and costing millions, it's well to consider that most of the effects on this movie were created by one guy with little time, few facilities and a comparitively tiny budget. It's easy to guffaw at the occasional stray shadow on a sky background, but I think what Armando Valcauda achieved, under the circumstances, was, to quote Stella, 'incredible'.

Ultimately, one of the most appealing shots of Caroline Munro as Stella Star is near the end, when Stella Star is swimming through space, and we get a close-up of her very beautiful smile through the visor of her helmet. It kind of makes you feel better, just looking at her.

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