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Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)

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A young farmer sets out to recruit mercenaries to defend his peaceful planet, which is under threat of invasion by the evil tyrant Sador and his armada of aggressors.

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Cowboy
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Nanelia
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St. Exmin
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Cayman
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Nestor 2 (as John Gowens)
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Quopeg
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Kelvin (as Larry Meyers)
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Storyline

Shad, a young farmer, assembles a band of diverse mercenaries in outer space to defend his peaceful planet from the evil tyrant Sador and his armada of aggressors. Among the mercenaries are Space Cowboy, a spacegoing truck driver from Earth; Gelt, a wealthy but experienced assassin looking for a place to hide; and Saint-Exmin, a Valkyrie warrior looking to prove herself in battle. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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A battle beyond time, beyond space. See more »


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13 November 1980 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Batalla más allá de las estrellas  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 2,027,999 (Sweden)
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Screenwriter John Sayles had originally envisioned the character of Cayman as a brooding dark humanoid, not the lizard alien seen in the final product. See more »

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In the "I could do wonders for that boy..." scene with Darlanne Fluegel, Sybil Danning has a white business-card tucked into her holster-garter. See more »

Quotes

Akira Boy: Mister, are you a bad man?
Gelt: That's right.
Akira Girl: Why?
Gelt: I don't think the way you Akira do. If you think different, you get called "bad."
Akira Girl: How DO you feel?
Gelt: I don't.
Akira Boy: Mister, were you bad when you were little?
Gelt: I was never that little.
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A GOOD Roger Corman film? Amazing!
30 October 2001 | by (Fayetteville, GA) – See all my reviews

Roger Corman was executive producer for this enjoyable and wonderfully campy sci-fi version of `The Magnificent Seven'. It even features Robert Vaughn as the same lost-his-nerve gunslinger he played in the original! John Sayle's script is loaded with fine humor. Director Jimmy T. Murakami obviously knew his film history, since the planet being attacked is called `Kira' -- a tribute to director Akira Kurasowa of `Seven Samurai', the inspiration for the original of this interesting trio of films.

Richard Thomas, star of TV's rustic melodrama `The Waltons', plays the brave young man who leaves his besieged home world to find mercenaries to fight against planet-conquering John Saxon. George Peppard plays `Cowboy', a space-going gunrunner with a Western fixation (another tribute to `Mag 7'). Sybil Danning is a feisty female warrior with a costume that defies description.

The special effects look a bit dated now, but that isn't the film's fault. Sam Jaffe (`The Day the Earth Stood Still') has a great part. Darlene Flugel is the attractive romantic interest for Thomas. James Horner's rousing score is a golden plus. When the movie was first released, sci-fi fans considered it a rip-off because it was released between `Star Wars - A New Hope' and `The Empire Strikes Back' -- tough competition.

Watch this movie as a double feature with `The Magnificent Seven' and you're guaranteed a good time. I've done, and it works just fine . ..

Let me know if it works for you, okay?


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