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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 ...


Adventure | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


The helicopter seen in this production is a Bell-Agusta 47J, the Italian built version of the American Bell 47J built under license from Bell Helicopter Corporation, USA by Agusta Westland of Italy. 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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Edited from Doomsday Machine (1972) 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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A strange little Italian space opera
22 October 2002 | by Vigilante-407See all my reviews

This film reminded me a little of Mission Stardust in reverse...the aliens land on our planet instead of what happened in that movie. While fairly coherent, the movie doesn't really know where it's going, as a lot of Italian SF movies didn't in that era.

I'm still trying to figure out what the heck the secret agents were doing in the movie (and please remember, they're "Oriental, not Chinese"). Once the spaceship gets off the ground, we're treated to a lot of stock footage from Toho's Gorath, as a number of space stations and satellites try to pretend they are the starforces of Hydra. Then there's the time travel thing, and the female characters' need to wear fishnet bodystockings with leather or feather bikinis (obviously either an aside to the popularity of the fashions of Barbarella or just standard wear in Italian space operas...lord knows I've seen at least four other movies where leather was the material of choice for spacesuits). And then there's the need for spacehelmets when venturing onto a new planet, but two people can cross the cold void of space between two ships in what amounted to a snorkel and leather.

To me, 2:5: Mission Hydra reminded me a lot of They Came From Beyond Space or the Terrornauts or similar British features made in the mid-sixties...not bad, but not necessarily well thought out.

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