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Release Date:
9 March 1979 (USA) See more »
The ultimate intergalactic adventure See more »
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 »
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Hilarious Italian sci fi insanity! See more (77 total) »


  (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)
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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Also Known As:
"Star Battle Encounters" - Philippines (English title)
"Star Crash" - USA (poster title)
"The Adventures of Stella Star" - USA
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USA:92 min | Italy:94 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Finland:K-12 | Singapore:PG | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:12
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

New World Pictures producer Roger Corman picked up the film to see if the market was viable for a low budget space opera. This influenced his decision to go ahead with Battle Beyond the Stars (1980).See more »
Continuity: A character is frozen, complete with icy frost. As she thaws, her hair is completely dry, and indeed more fashionably styled than before she was frozen.See more »
The Emperor:Well, it's done. It's happened. The stars are clear. The planets shine. We've won. Oh. Some dark force, no doubt, will show it's face once more. The wheel will always turn; but for now it's calm. And for a little time, at least, we can rest.
[credits roll]
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50 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Hilarious Italian sci fi insanity!, 27 August 2006
Author: Raegan Butcher from Rain City, Pacific Northwest

This movie is completely insane. The plot makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, which is pretty much par for the course with Italian knock-offs like this. The special effects are colorful and eye-popping, the sets designed by some wonderful nut with an eye for that crazy psychedelic-art-deco-cocaine-disco-Flash-Gordon look that Italians do so well. The actors are completely at a loss as to how to act/react to the film they are in and... I loved it.

What else can one say about a film where the best performance is delivered by....David Hasselhoff. Scary but true. Not even the usually mesmerizing Marjo Gortner can do anything with the logic-defying lines of dialog he is forced to utter. After 10 minutes I was laughing so hard I knew I'd found something unique.

I rarely venture down the road of "so cheesy it is good" movies but STARCRASH is mind-boggling in its cheesiness. Characters can tell the future but won't let anyone in on what is going to happen because "You would have attempted to change the future...which is against the law." A depressed and hung-over-looking Christopher Plummer states at one point, "I wouldn't be the Emerperor of the Universe if I didn't have a few talents. Now, Imperial Spaceship--halt the flow of time!" (not bad, eh?)

Joe Spinell, dressed like a dime-store Satan and dubbed by a man who sounds dangerously constipated, declares at one point, "By sundown I will be the most powerful man in the universe!" And you sit there and think, Sundown? You're in outer space, dude!There are many such hilarious lines.

I could go on and on: There are jerky stop-motion monsters, psychedelic blobs of light that attack people for no explainable reason,Robert Tessier painted green, a robot who begins the film speaking normally and then about 15 minutes in starts talking in a southern accent,Christmas tree lights masquerading as stars, a weapon called The Doom Machine and a central non-performance from the ravishingly lovely but blank Caroline Munro, she of the stilted delivery and mis-matched eye-lines. But, my lord, she rocks a series of outfits that would make Barbarella envious. Gorgeous woman.

So, if you are looking for a rousing sci fi adventure with narrative coherence, decent special effects,and good acting, watch Star Wars; but if you're in the mood for an incomprehensible but colorful mish-mash of Ray Harryhausen movies, old Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers serials, Doc Savage, Perry Rhodan, and just about everything else up to and including the kitchen sink, watch STARCRASH. You certainly won't forget it soon. Did I mention the leaping cavemen?...

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