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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 1
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Nestor 2 (as John Gowens)
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Quopeg
Lawrence Steven Meyers ...
Kelvin (as Larry Meyers)
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Kelvin
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Nell (voice)
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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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Release Date:

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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1.85 : 1
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This was Roger Corman's most expensive feature up to that time, costing $2 million. Most of the budget was spent on salaries for Robert Vaughn and George Peppard, who both had high asking prices. See more »

Goofs

During Saint Exmin's final battle against Sador a crewmember can be seen on the left-side of the screen (over Sybil Danning's right shoulder). The crewman is visible during the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th cut to her during the battle. The crew person appears to be sitting just behind the wall immediately behind Sybil. See more »

Quotes

[Shad can't bring himself to shoot down Kalo and Tembo's Malmori warship]
Shad: Can we outrun 'em?
Nell: We sure as hell can't OUTFIGHT 'em, not with YOU in the driver's seat!
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Referenced in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »

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As good now as it was then ... but was it good ?
24 October 2011 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Let's pretend we've never heard of Roger Corman nor The Magnificent Seven etc.

As a kid, that was me. I heard about this movie through my friends, when I was about 9 or 10. To us, this was another great space epic, along the lines of Star Wars. It had good effects, plenty of laser blasts and bad guy with a massive ship that could destroy planets. Awesome!

Many years later, I bought this on DVD and, to my pleasant surprise, found that it hadn't aged too badly. The low budget is very apparent but the movie is slickly edited such that it perhaps feels richer that it should. This is however it's biggest drawback because the character development is poor in places and the stars play second-fiddle to the ships and the costumes they inhabit. Gelt and Space Cowboy are perhaps the most fleshed-out of the pack, the remainder either being weak or there to make up the numbers.

The true star of the show is James Horner. It's a great score and all the best moments of Star Trek 2 are audible here first.

It's an inventive film, even if the invention is mainly facsimile, and an entertaining one. In the archives of sci-fi, there's no contest between this and its obvious "raison d'être" influence, as to which film is the better, but it's a noteworthy addition from the same era, what I consider to be the golden-age of special effects.


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