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13 November 1980 (West Germany) See more »
Ruthless invaders. A defenseless planet. And a daring band of space adventurers fighting to save it. See more »
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 »
1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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  (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)
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
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
104 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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?

A View-Master 3-reel packet was issued featuring 21 images from the movie. It's also the only one of Roger Corman's films to be marketed with a View-Master tie-in. A booklet was issued with the packet that included a bondage image showing Nanelia tied up as a prisoner of the reptilian Cayman. A French language version of this pack issued for the Canadian market.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
[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 down.
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Referenced in Screwballs (1983)See more »


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Better than you may think, 14 August 2003
Author: pumaye from Firenze, Italy

Good variation on the Star Wars franchise, made in the aftermath of the first movie of the series, this Corman production - one of his finest - is almost a remake of the Magnificent Seven, but it is well-made on a limited budget, full of great ideas about the different alien races, with good characterization and several fine lines for the various protagonists. Fun, fun, fun

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