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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 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 opening assault on the peaceful science lab by the enemy soldiers was directed by Enzo G. Castellari.
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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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Three cast members in this film have appeared in two movies from the James Bond film franchise. Corinne Cléry was in Moonraker (1979) and Barbara Bach was in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) whilst Richard Kiel appeared in both of those two Bond movies.
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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)-like story elements included: The film is directed by director with alias George Lewis; storm-troopers dressed in black Darth Vader like garb; robodog Kip is a cute canine mini R2D2-like robot; opening credits in flattened Star Wars like lettering; the villain wears a space outfit which resembles Darth Vader's costume; scenes set on a desert planet; a huge spaceship flies overhead; there is a large triangular shaped spaceship; a Millennium Falconesque spaceship has a gun pod at the rear; other various similar sets, props, costumes, vehicles, and background design elements.
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The film featured three cast members who have starred in the James Bond movies: Barbara Bach, Richard Kiel, and Corinne Cléry. Director Aldo Lado directed former James Bond actor George Lazenby from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) in Chi l'ha vista morire? (1972) (aka "Who Saw her Die?").
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UK video versions are cut by 25 seconds to get a 'PG' rating. To receive an 'A' (PG) certificate in the UK, cinema and video versions were cut by twenty-five seconds to remove shots of topless nudity during a scene where a woman's blood is drained through a machine.
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Basically a rip-off Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Director Aldo Lado's name was changed in the credits to "George Lewis", no doubt to make people think it was directed by "Star Wars" director George Lucas.
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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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Humanoids from the Deep (1980) was released within a year of this similarly titled picture "The Humanoid" [The Humanoid (1979)].
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The film featured two actresses who have played Bond Girls: Corinne Cléry from Moonraker (1979) and Barbara Bach from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
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This Italian science-fiction film called "L'umanoide" was known as "The Humanoid" in English language speaking territories such as the UK, USA, and Australia.
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The definition of a "humanoid", according to Film Review 1980-81, was "a human being made invulnerable by a scientific process invented by some nasty villains who plan to use the creature as a means of forcefully stealing power not only over Earth but the Universe".
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One of two science fiction films first released in the year of 1979 that featured French actress Corinne Cléry. The movies are Moonraker (1979) and The Humanoid (1979) ["The Humanoid"].
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The name of the item which was required to mutate humans into humanoids was the "Kapitron".
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The name of the ruler and leader of the Utopian peaceful planet of Metropolis, which was formerly known as Earth, was "The Great Brother".
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Actors Arthur Kennedy and Ivan Rassimov both previously appeared in Umberto Lenzi's Roma a mano armata (1976) (aka "Tough Guys").
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Actress Corinne Cléry and actors Arthur Kennedy and Ivan Rassimov all recently had appeared the previous year in Covert Action (1978) (aka "Covert Action").
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Actors Leonard Mann and Ivan Rassimov had both previously appeared in Death's Dealer (1971) (aka "Death's Dealer" aka "Vengeance is a Dish Served Cold") around eight years earlier.
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Actress Barbara Bach and actor Ivan Rassimov had both previously appeared in Il lupo dei mari (1975) (aka "Wolf Larsen" aka "Legend of the Sea Wolf" aka "Larsen, the Wolf of the Seven Seas") around four years earlier.
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The movie inspired the song "Love Games" sung by Ganymede which is featured on their album "Euromantique". They said: "A song on Euromantique, 'Love Games' . . . is based on a 1979 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) rip-off, 'The Humanoid'. Not many people have seen or heard of this movie, but we were so inspired by it that we wrote a song. People will read the song completely different".
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The film is discussed in the movie's top-billed star Richard Kiel's auto-biography "Making it Big in the Movies" in the section entitled "The Italian Experience".
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In this movie, Moonraker (1979) Bond Girl Corinne Cléry played a character, Barbara Gibson, who had the same first name as The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Bond Girl Barbara Bach, who also appeared in The Humanoid (1979).
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Director Aldo Lado and actress Barbara Bach had previously collaborated on the film La corta notte delle bambole di vetro (1971) (aka "Short Night of Glass Dolls") which had been made and released about eight years earlier.
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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 name of cute canine mini R2-D2 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)-inspired robot was Kip, a 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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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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