The Humanoid (1979)
"L'umanoide" (original title)

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Hoping to overthrow his brother as ruler of the planet Metropolis, the evil Graal enlists the help of the insane Dr. Kraspin, who has invented a chemical capable of turning an ordinary ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Barbara Gibson (as Corinne Clery)
Leonard Mann ...
Ivan Rassimov ...
Massimo Serato ...
Marco Yeh ...
Venantino Venantini
Vito Fornari
José Quaglio ...
(as Giuseppe Quaglio)
Attilio Duse


Hoping to overthrow his brother as ruler of the planet Metropolis, the evil Graal enlists the help of the insane Dr. Kraspin, who has invented a chemical capable of turning an ordinary person into a perfect soldier. They test this chemical on the pilot Golob, turning the unsuspecting victim into a mindless but indestructable automaton possessing superhuman strength. The people of Metropolis must somehow outwit Graal before he can create an army of these soldiers, or their planet will be destroyed. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Light years beyond tomorrow...


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Release Date:

11 April 1979 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

The Humanoid  »

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Part of a late-1970s cycle of Italian Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) influenced pictures. The films include The Humanoid (1979), Starcrash (1978), Star Odyssey (1979) [Star Odyssey], Battle of the Stars (1978) [War in Space], War of the Planets (1977) [War of the Planets] and War of the Robots (1978) [War of the Robots]. Of this selection, L'umanoide (1979) [The Humanoid] was the only one that didn't feature the word "Star" or "War" in the title. See more »


Golob: The worst that could happen is we'll spend two thousand years in suspended animation. Well... still beats a desk job.
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »

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7 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

With Aldo Lado (Night Train murders) directing, Antonio Margheretti (Cannibal Apocalypse) on special effects, Enzo Castellari (Bronx Warriors) as second unit director, and a Ennio Morricone soundtrack, you'd think The Humanoid would be the greatest Italian Star Wars rip-off ever made, but you'd be wrong. Because that's Starcrash.

This one seems to be handicapped due to the amount of talent behind the camera. It's all well and good, but where's the insanity? Apart from the last half hour there.

Story wise, we've got Ivan Rassimov (Last Cannibal World) as a guy who bought Darth Vader's helmet at a car boot sale wanting to get revenge on his big brother via Arthur Kennedy (from goat arse licking film The Antichrist), who wants to kills Barbara who is a teacher to Tom Tom, a sat nav provider with psychic powers. Arthur also keeps Barbara Bach (Street Law) alive and she's Ivan's missus or something.

On the good guy side, there's Leonard Mann and Richard Kiel. Now Richard seems to be a good guy with a robot dog when he's got a beard, but when Arthur Kennedy gets a hold of him and removes that beard, Richard gets a bit killy and starts wasting everyone. This goes on for quite a while I'm afraid and I was almost losing patience with the film at this point, but then Tom Tom turns up and who cares...

So eventually the film gets around to the big battle bit at the end which is more enjoyable than what went before it. Loads of explosions, robot arse gravy, decapitations and all that jazz. Look - it's on Youtube. If you like Italian sci-fi (a seemingly random genre for the usually dependant Italians) then just watch it...

Valentino Valentini is named in the credits, but I don't recall seeing him.

Also, Italian cinema is now like watching Dad's Army 20 years's a case of who's alive and who's not - Not alive in this film as of today - Richard Kiel, Arthur Kennedy, Ivan Rassimov....sigh

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