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Star Pilot (1966)

2+5: Missione Hydra (original title)
Aliens from the constellation Hydra crash-land on the island of Sardinia. A prominent scientist, his daughter, several young technicians, and a pair of Oriental spies are taken hostage by ... See full summary »


Pietro Francisci


Ian Danby (adaptation), Pietro Francisci | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Leonora Ruffo ... Kaena
Mario Novelli ... Ingegner Paolo Bardi (as Anthony Freeman)
Roland Lesaffre ... Prof. Solmi
Kirk Morris ... Belsy
Alfio Caltabiano Alfio Caltabiano ... Artie
Leontine Snell Leontine Snell ... Luisa Solmi (as Leontine)
Nando Angelini Nando Angelini ... Ingegner Morelli
Giovanni De Angelis Giovanni De Angelis ... Giulio
Mirella Pamphili ... (as Mirella Panfili) (credit only)
John Sun John Sun ... Dr. Chang
Antonio Ho Antonio Ho ... Chinese Secret Agent
John Chen John Chen ... Chinese Secret Agent
Gordon Mitchell ... Murdu


Aliens from the constellation Hydra crash-land on the island of Sardinia. A prominent scientist, his daughter, several young technicians, and a pair of Oriental spies are taken hostage by the beings so they can use them to repair their spaceship's broken engine. With that done, they take off towards their home planet, taking the earthlings with them. However, the humans attempt to mutiny against their captors, inadvertently sending their tiny spaceship hurtling into the infinite beyond... Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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They discovered strange new worlds, but they were not alone ...


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Did You Know?


This film uses several chunks of footage from Doomsday Machine (1972), including re-dubbed and uncredited clips of Casey Kasem (as a flight controller), Grant Williams and Henry Wilcoxon. That movie, in turn, took most of its exterior effects (at least the ones used in this film) from Gorath (1962). See more »


In the exterior space scenes, the 'stars' clearly move and even swing back and forth, revealing them to be small lights hanging in the background. See more »


Prof. Solmi: I think only what I said. Nothing more.
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »


Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
under the direction of Leopold Stokowski (as Leopold Stowkowsky)
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Almost unbelievably bad (but hilarious) ultra low budget SF
16 April 1999 | by GormSee all my reviews

This movie was re-released to cash in on the original Star Wars mania. Filmed on a budget of maybe, 15,000 Lira, it is a tour-de-force of nearly every 50's SF cliche' from the greying Scientist father to his luscious, oh-so innocent raven haired daughter in her fishnet bodysuit (with strategically placed bits of fluff) being menaced by Ape creatures to Bruno the Martian "floating" across an expanse of space with the aid of a trampoline (no, I'm not kidding). SEE the mysterious ancient city model filmed resting on a chair! See the twinkling stars! (and try not to notice the wires, swaying in an apparent breeze from an off camera fan). If you love bad films, by all means check it out-it's a scream. I saw this as the bottom half of a double bill with "Spawn of the Slithis" and couldn't stop laughing....

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October 1977 (USA) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

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1.85 : 1
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