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Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)

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)
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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Ruthless invaders. A defenseless planet. And a daring band of space adventurers fighting to save it. See more »


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13 November 1980 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Batalla más allá de las estrellas  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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The film was considered a major influence behind the short lived cartoon "The New Adventures of He-Man". In that cartoon, the peaceful planet Primus is under threat from the evil Flogg and his mutants. Master Sebrian, the elderly leader of Primus decides that they must find a great warrior to help deal with Flogg and his evil mutants and Hydro and Flipshot are sent to find that warrior and that warrior they find to help in the crisis is He-Man. In this film, Akir, a peaceful planet is under threat of invasion by Sador and his army of Malmori mutants and the elderly warrior Zed decides that mercenaries must found and recruited to help and defend Akir and the farmboy Shad is sent to find those mercenaries and finds those mercenaries to help in the crisis. 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

[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 Hitman in the Hand of Buddha (1981) See more »

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Definitely an under-appreciated film
7 October 1998 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of all the post "Star Wars" films, this one is decidedly the best of its ilk. The dependable storyline, stalwart acting and sometimes humorous special effects (LOVE the female-designed spaceship!) all make for an entertaining film. For all the flak it has received (even getting a "Dog of the Week" label from Siskel and Ebert upon its initial release), it has for all intents and purposes kept itself in the memories of all who have seen it and is most definitely a fantasy that is worthy of seeing again and again.


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