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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 »

Director:

Pietro Francisci

Writers:

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

Cast overview:
Leonora Ruffo ... Kaena
Mario Novelli Mario Novelli ... Ingegner Paolo Bardi (as Anthony Freeman)
Roland Lesaffre ... Prof. Solmi
Kirk Morris ... Belsy
Alfio Caltabiano Alfio Caltabiano ... Artie
Leontine May Leontine May ... 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
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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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Adventure | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

October 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Pilot See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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The spaceship crew repair their craft in outer space with no helmets. See more »

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

Soundtracks

Toccata and Fuga in D minor
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Gets better as it gets stupider
26 December 2016 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

By the way, Gordon Mitchell is in this for about a minute, tops.

This one kind of starts off like They Came From Beyond Space, what with a group of scientists investigating an area in Sardinia where nothing grows due to radiation or something. Along for the ride are the elderly professor, his daughter the broad, and some other guys. The Chinese are in on things too as the bad guys, so everyone is surprised when the patch of lands houses a UFO, everyone is captured and forced to work for the aliens. Wait, the leader is 'a woman?'.

So you've got a serious prof and his acolytes, his ditzy daughter with her nice arse and bad acting, and everyone ends up heading out into space and you'll be glad of that because most of what happens beforehand is really boring. This film is saved by the cast heading out into space, because that's when the rules get thrown out of the window.

Not only is our broad 'forced' to wear the female leader's costumes, but vice versa happens as our aliens learn 'love' while exploring the cosmos while our enemy, the two Chinese guys, are attacked by a bunch of monkeys on some bizarre planet and never mentioned again.

There's other revelations, and a pretty abrupt ending, and so much crap randomness that I can't help but like this film more than I should. I thought I would hate it but things pick up about halfway through.


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