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.
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.
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".
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".
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.
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".
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 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".