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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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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 bold youth escapes on a last ditch mission that begins at the edge of the universe. See more »


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13 November 1980 (West Germany)  »

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Batalla más allá de las estrellas  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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This is considered to be the first "major" theatrical film to be scored by James Horner, and his breakthrough into the sci-fi/adventure blockbusters he would become known for in the 1980s and 1990s. 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 »

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[after a dogfight against the Malmori]
Saint-Exmin: Shad, did you see me on the monitor? There was a drone right on my tail. I pulled out; he smashed into an asteroid!
Shad: [grimly] Let me tell you something. This may just be a game to you, but these are my people.
Saint-Exmin: I'm sorry. I forgot about your Varda. I am from a warrior race. We EXIST for battle. Our creed is to live fast, fight well, and have a beautiful ending.
Shad: [looking her in the eyes] NO violent ending is beautiful.
Saint-Exmin: [smiling] You've never seen a Valkyrie go ...
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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Roger Corman (1999) 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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