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Writers:
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Release Date:
13 November 1980 (West Germany) See more »
Tagline:
A battle beyond time, beyond space. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Roger Corman's MAGNIFICENT SEVEN in Space... See more (71 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Richard Thomas ... Shad

Robert Vaughn ... Gelt

John Saxon ... Sador

George Peppard ... Cowboy

Darlanne Fluegel ... Nanelia

Sybil Danning ... St. Exmin

Sam Jaffe ... Dr. Hephaestus

Morgan Woodward ... Cayman

Earl Boen ... Nestor 1

John Gowans ... Nestor 2 (as John Gowens)
Steve Davis ... Quopeg
Lawrence Steven Meyers ... Kelvin (as Larry Meyers)
Lara Cody ... Kelvin
Lynn Carlin ... Nell (voice)

Jeff Corey ... Zed

Marta Kristen ... Lux

Julia Duffy ... Mol
Eric Morris ... Fen
Doug Carleson ... Pok
Ron Ross ... Dab
Terrence E. McNally ... Gar (as Terrence McNally)
Galen Thompson ... Min
Whitney Rydbeck ... Saunders: Dr. Hephaestus' Staff
Tom Henschel ... Talking Android: Dr. Hephaestus' Staff
Nate Esformes ... Dako: Malmori
Richard Davalos ... Yago: Malmori (as Dick Davalos)
Lanny Broyles ... Tembo: Malmori

Rob Reece ... Kalo: Malmori (as Robert Reece)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ansley Carlin ... Wok (uncredited)
Daniel Carlin ... Pez (uncredited)
Dallas Clarke ... Askew (uncredited)
Brian Coventry ... Alien Extra (uncredited)
Rick Davidson ... Alien Extra (uncredited)
James Dunaway ... Stretcher Bearer (uncredited)
Kerry Frank ... Alien Extra (uncredited)

Kathy Griffin ... Alien Extra (uncredited)

S.A. Griffin ... Lettress (uncredited)
Gary D. Robbins ... Alien Extra (uncredited)
Kimberly Sommer ... Kintwarna (uncredited)
Dan Thompson ... Cush (uncredited)
Dan Vincent ... Alien Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Jimmy T. Murakami 
Roger Corman (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
John Sayles (screenplay)

John Sayles (story) &
Anne Dyer (story)

Produced by
Ed Carlin .... producer
Roger Corman .... executive producer
Mary Ann Fisher .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
James Horner 
 
Cinematography by
Daniel Lacambre (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Allan Holzman 
R.J. Kizer 
 
Casting by
Lisa Mionie 
 
Art Direction by
Charles William Breen  (as Charles Breen)
James Cameron  (as Jim Cameron)
 
Set Decoration by
John Zabrucky 
Forrest Chadwick (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Durinda Wood  (as Durinda Rice Wood)
 
Makeup Department
Karoly Balazs .... hairdresser (as Charles Balazs)
Sue Dolph .... makeup artist
Ken Horn .... prosthetic assistant
Karen Kubeck .... assistant makeup artist
Michael Lavalley .... prosthetic assistant (as Mike La Valley)
Steve Neill .... prosthetic makeup
Cliff Raven .... makeup artist: Quopeg's tattoo
Thom Shouse .... prosthetic assistant
Rick Stratton .... prosthetic makeup
 
Production Management
Michael Bennett .... production manager
Gale Anne Hurd .... assistant production manager (as Gale Hurd)
Aaron Lipstadt .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Martinez .... second assistant director
Don Keith Opper .... second assistant director (as Don Opper)
James Sbardellati .... first assistant director (as Jim Sbardellati)
 
Art Department
Francesca Bartoccini .... property master
Robert Bovill .... art department
Chris Brightman .... art department
Forrest Chadwick .... carpenter foreman
Jim Childs .... visual consultant
Sharon Compton .... art department coordinator
Dick Davis .... lead man
Douglas Dick .... construction coordinator (as Doug Dick)
Don Dixon .... visual consultant
Tim Duffy .... special props
Jim Dultz .... property master
Alec Gillis .... art department
Alex Hajdu .... assistant art director
Gene Hamm .... props
Kenneth Wayne Hanis .... art department (as Ken Hannis)
David Hodges .... art department
Robert Johnson .... art department
Roger Kelton .... art department
Charles Kern .... art department
Sam Kirson .... visual consultant (as Sam Kearson)
Antony Pedicini .... art department
Tim Rafelson .... art department
Guy Smith .... art department
Paul Strong .... art department
Phil Thomas Jr. .... art department
Phil Thomas Jr. .... construction supervisor (as Phil Thomas)
Judi Trevor .... art department (as Judith Treavor)
Christopher Tyner .... art department
Jan Ferris .... designer: jewelry and some props (uncredited)
Jan Ferris .... set designer (uncredited)
Dory Forma .... props (uncredited)
David Halver .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sam Kirson .... set designer (uncredited)
Jay Koiwai .... painter (uncredited)
Rick Moore .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Eugene P. Rizzardi .... propmaker (uncredited)
Mark A. Shelton .... art department electrician (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer
Joseph Geisinger .... boom operator (as Joe Geisinger)
Alan Howarth .... special sound effects (as Alan S. Howarth)
Ron Judkins .... sound mixer
Steve Rice .... dialogue editor
David Lewis Yewdall .... supervising sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Frank DeMarco .... pyrotechnics
Roger George .... pyrotechnics
Hal Miles .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Larry Albright .... lighting pieces
Ed Banks .... gaffer: special photographic effects
Stephen Barncard .... effects lighting and props
Chris Brightman .... additional photography: special photographic effects
Isabelle Brightman .... rotoscope/animation/graphic effects
Steve Caldwell .... camera operator: special photographic effects
James Cameron .... additional director of photography: special photographic effects (as Jim Cameron)
James Cameron .... miniature design and construction (as Jim Cameron)
Tom Campbell .... additional photography: special photographic effects
Tom Campbell .... engineering: miniature design and construction
Jo Carson .... production manager: special photographic effects
Brian Chin .... miniature design and construction
Chuck Comisky .... producer/supervisor: special photographic effects (as C. Comisky)
John Cruz .... effects lighting and props
Chuck De Cola .... effects lighting and props
George D. Dodge .... director of photography: special photographic effects
Marcia Dripchak .... optical effects supervisor
Steven Elliott .... rotoscope/animation/graphic effects (as Steve Elliott)
Judith Evans .... rotoscope/animation/graphic effects
Michele Ferrone .... production manager: special photographic effects
Randall Frakes .... additional photography: special photographic effects
Deborah Gaydos .... rotoscope/animation/graphic effects
Alec Gillis .... miniature design and construction
Daniel Gross .... rotoscope/animation/graphic effects
Doug Hall .... effects lighting and props
Kenneth Jones .... technical director: special photographic effects (as Dr. Ken Jones)
Rob Maine .... additional photography: special photographic effects (as Robert Maine)
Austin McKinney .... additional director of photography: special photographic effects
René Meunier .... optical lineup
Josh Morton .... additional director of photography: special photographic effects (as Joshua Morton)
John Muto .... rotoscope/animation/graphic effects
Eric Peterson .... additional photography: special photographic effects
Tony Randel .... editor: special photographic effects (as Anthony Randel)
Jack Reed .... effects lighting and props
Peter Regla .... optical consultant
David Riley .... additional photography: special photographic effects
Maury Schallock .... supervisor: model design and construction
Dennis Skotak .... director of photography: special photographic effects
Dennis Skotak .... miniature design and construction
Robert Skotak .... miniature design and construction
Robert Skotak .... special designs/effects creations
Dan Slater .... optical consultant
Dan Smith .... camera operator: special photographic effects
Carolyn Strauss .... additional photography: special photographic effects
Pat Sweeney .... additional photography: special photographic effects
Jonas Thaler .... optical editorial (as Jon Thaler)
Pat Thompson .... miniature design and construction
Melissa Tripp .... assistant editor: special photographic effects
Paul Turner .... effects lighting supervisor
Nina Vlahos .... editor: special photographic effects
Gary Wagner .... additional photography: special photographic effects
Susan Welsh .... assistant editor: special photographic effects
Barry Zetlin .... rotoscope/animation/graphic effects
Rob Maine .... miniature process projection (uncredited)
Mike Warren .... optical effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Kenny Bates .... stunts (uncredited)
James Rekart .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Gene Witham .... utility stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John K. Adams .... electrician
Ben Batzdorff .... key grip (as Ben Batzdorf)
Michael Bolner .... best boy
Greg Callahan .... electrical supervisor
Paul Elliott .... camera operator (as Paul Elliot)
Steven Finestone .... first assistant camera (as Steve Finestone)
Grant Fratt .... grip
James J. Gilson .... rigging gaffer (as Jim Gilson)
Brenda Haverstock .... electrician
Paul Hodara .... "Dial-A-Date" projections (as Paul Sterling Hodara)
Paul Hodara .... still photographer (as Paul Sterling Hodara)
Arthur Holtz .... gaffer
Robert Hutchinson .... electrician
Larry Markart .... second assistant camera
Tom McGrath .... grip
Terry Moore .... electrical supervisor
David W. Nims .... grip (as David Nims)
David O'Connell .... electrician
Craig Storper .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jan Ferris .... jewelry designer
Timaree McCormick .... assistant costume designer
Sara Nelson .... wardrobe assistant
Daniel Orlandi .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
John K. Adams .... assistant editor
Debra Chiate .... assistant editor (as Debbie Chiate)
Jeff Shank .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer (uncredited)
David Newman .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Todd Allan .... production assistant
Jane Covner .... unit publicist
Mike Fairman .... production assistant (as Mike Farman)
Clark Henderson .... craft service
Amy Kenney .... production assistant
Sharon Kirkpatrick .... script supervisor
Betsy Magruder .... production coordinator
Wade Mayer .... production assistant
Eric Morris .... dialogue director
Gregory Orr .... production assistant
Tom Plant .... auditor
Charles Skouras III .... production coordinator
Rob Snyder .... production assistant
Carolyn Strauss .... titles
Petro Vlahos .... technical advisor
Mark Witzer .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Peter Anderson .... special thanks
Eli Cyngiser .... special thanks
Walt Dodge .... special thanks
Edi Murway .... special thanks
Ease Owyeung .... special thanks
Jack Rabin .... special thanks
 

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Runtime:
104 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 (1989) (uncut version) | Finland:K-12 (1980) (cut version) | Germany:12 (2005, DVD rating) | Norway:11 | Singapore:PG | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (SubTV) (1991) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) | USA:PG | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The natives of Akir are known as the Akira. This is no doubt a tribute to legendary director Akira Kurosawa (whose film Seven Samurai (1954) served as the inspiration for this film).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Sador:Hear me, beings of Akir: I am Sador of the Malmori. I have come with my forces to conquer you. If you resist, I will crush you. I possess a stellar converter, the most powerful weapon in the universe. You cannot resist me. I want your planet to be my colony. Your harvest comes in seven risings of your red giant. I will return then, and you will accept me as your master. If you do not submit, your planet and all life on it will be burned to ash.See more »
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37 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Roger Corman's MAGNIFICENT SEVEN in Space..., 25 October 2003
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS, Roger Corman's 'take' of the STAR WARS saga, is a film justly recognized as a cult classic. Shot in his new studio ("The paint was still wet," Corman has joked), in just five weeks, on a budget that would have paid for one of George Lucas' effects, the end result is proof that with the right talent, anything is possible!

A remarkable array of future industry giants participated in the creation of the film; the screenplay was co-written by John Sayles, whose breakthrough film as a maverick writer/director, RETURN OF THE SECAUCUS 7, would be released the same year...young model builder James Cameron impressed Corman so much that he was promoted to Art Director for the film, and it would be the first step in a career that led to TERMINATOR, ALIENS, and eventually, the most Oscar-honored film since BEN-HUR, TITANIC...James Horner, with only three prior film credits, gave Corman the STAR WARS-quality music he wanted, with an orchestra a fraction of the size of John Williams' London Philharmonic; Horner would eventually score two STAR TREK films, and a wide variety of other 'prestige' projects, culminating with two Oscars for TITANIC, and a place as one of America's finest film composers. BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS would have a 'look' and a 'sound' unlike any 'B'-movie ever made.

Based on Akira Kurosawa's THE SEVEN SAMURAI (which was also the source for the classic western, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN), Sayles tried to keep the film as faithful to the original as possible (a tiny, defenseless village hires warriors to defend them against a band of outlaws), even naming the beleaguered people the Akira, as a homage to the director. As warriors from different races ally to face down the nearly invincible forces of Sador (veteran actor John Saxon), Corman paid tribute to John Sturges' western, as well, casting Robert Vaughn in virtually the same role as he'd played in THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. Other terrific actors round out the cast; Richard Thomas, still appearing in 'The Waltons' at the time, played young Shad, the film's central character; George Peppard, who was about to achieve a MAJOR career resurgence with 'The A-Team', became boozy Earthman 'Cowboy'; 'B'-movie queen Sybil Danning portrayed Valkyrie-like Saint-Exmin; veteran TV and film 'tough guy' Morgan Woodward was wonderful, if unrecognizable as Cayman of the Lambda Zone; and Darlanne Fluegel, beginning a long career as a popular character actress, was cast as Shad's love, Nanelia. Corman then cast two long-time friends and Hollywood legends in cameo roles; Jeff Corey as blind Zed, who encourages the Akira to fight; and 89-year old Sam Jaffe as the robotics expert who introduces Shad to Nanelia.

A note about director Jimmy T. Murakami...a veteran animator, BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS marked his directorial debut, and he does an exceptionally good job, considering his budget restraints. After working on HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP, he married an Irish girl and settled in Europe, limiting his subsequent film career to an occasional project that interested him. Roger Corman's 'family' of filmmakers were NEVER dull...

While some of the FX are shaky, the overall production is very impressive, and holds up remarkably well, today. Roger Corman has called BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS one of his favorite films, and he has every right to be proud...the movie is a terrific SF adventure!

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