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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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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)
Steve Davis ...
Quopeg
Lawrence Steven Meyers ...
Kelvin (as Larry Meyers)
Lara Cody ...
Kelvin
Lynn Carlin ...
Nell (voice)
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Zed
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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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PG | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

Future director James Cameron and future producer Gale Anne Hurd met on this film and decided they wanted to work together (the deal was that Cameron would direct and Hurd would produce). This would lead up into making The Terminator (1984), their marriage in 1985 before they did Aliens (1986), and their divorce to both marriage and creative partnership during making of The Abyss (1989). See more »

Goofs

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

[in "Hammerhead's" sick bay, Sador prepares himself for surgery]
Sador: [intimidatingly] Are you capable of speech?
Nestor 2: [unfazed] Yes, quite capable.
Sador: Good. And do you have a high tolerance for pain?
Nestor 2: Almost none at all, I'm afraid.
Sador: How unfortunate for you. How many ships do the Akira have, and what are their capabilities?
Nestor 2: If I told you that, it would give you an unfair advantage.
Sador: This is my surgeon, Dako. Dako is expert at inflicting pain... while keeping the patient alive.
Nestor 2: It is good to have skills.
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Edited into Astron Belt (1983) See more »

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Star Wars clone? Yes, but cheesy sci-fi fun!
11 August 2003 | by (Missouri) – See all my reviews

Battle Beyond The Stars was one of the better Star Wars clones. The special effects weren't "great" even back in 1980, but they add to the low budget flavor of the movie. You have to remember that this movie had a substantially lower budget for special effects than an "A" picture like Star Wars. Early detailed models by James Cameron (TERMINATOR/TITANIC) are the high point of the special effects. A lot of people got their career start on this film, and Cameron was only one of many.

The script for Battle Beyond The Stars had a lot of things going for it, from the aliens to the quirky characters. I found the race of Nestor to be the most interesting concept of all. Just the thought of a race of beings that can hear/feel/think together as one conscious entity could be a great movie plot in itself.

The excellent casting of actors and actresses was another strong point in Battle Beyond The Stars. John Saxon, George Peppard, and Sybil Danning especially shine through in their acting performances in my opinion.

Battle Beyond The Stars is, quite simply, one of those movies that's so cheesy that's it's something special. It's a fun movie that never takes itself too seriously, and I don't either. I guess that's why I still enjoy it after all of these years.


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