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(1979)

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This film represents one of three movies, all made during the mid-late 1970s, that actress Barbara Bach and actor Richard Kiel both appeared in. The movies include The Humanoid (1979), Force 10 from Navarone (1978) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
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The opening assault on the peaceful science lab by the enemy soldiers was directed by Enzo G. Castellari.
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Italian director Aldo Lado was billed as 'George Lewis' in international posters allegedly to make the name sound like George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) saga, an obvious influence in this movie. The film's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)-like opening credits also boldly declare: "Directed by George Lewis".
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The role of Dr. Kraspin was first intended for Donald Pleasence but in the end was cast with Arthur Kennedy.
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First top-billed film role of actor Richard Kiel.
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The name of the futuristic torpedo machine that turned Golob (Richard Kiel) into The Humanoid was the "Kappatron".
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The movie inspired a synthesized pop dance track called "Love Games" by the group Ganymede. It is included on their second album "Euromantique" which was first released in 2001.
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The name of cute canine mini R2-D2 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)-inspired robot was "Robodog".
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The movie's opening prologue in the English version states: "Metropolis, known ages ago as planet Earth, now faces its gravest hour. Lord Graal, has just escaped from the prison - satellite where his brother - ruler of the peaceful, galactic democracy had exiled him. Malevolent and power-hungry, Graal has plans of vengeance that might forever alter the destiny of mankind".
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This Italian motion picture is considered a gratuitous clone, rip-off or knock-off of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). The picture was widely distributed globally by the Columbia Pictures studio.
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The name of the planet was Metropolis. The name had itself been the title of a famous b&w silent science-fiction film directed by Fritz Lang [See: Metropolis (1927)]. Around five years after The Humanoid (1979), that film would get a major re-issue with a new score composed by Giorgio Moroder. The Metropolis planet in The Humanoid (1979) replaced a former name of the planet, that being Earth. Ironically, in the film's closing epilogue, the planet is referred to as Earth and not as Metropolis.
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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.
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The film's closing epilogue in the English print states: "Once again Planet Earth had narrowly escaped disaster. Once again, it had found in itself the intelligence, the insight and the strength to repel a mortal enemy. Once again, man was to live at peace in the galaxy".
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