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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 »

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Pietro Francisci

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

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
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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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Trivia

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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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 »

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Prof. Solmi: I think only what I said. Nothing more.
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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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dreadful, but fun dreadful
17 June 2007 | by chexmixSee all my reviews

When you are a science-savvy person, watching science fiction films is often a painful experience: whether it is completely unrealistic (but in a way dramatically understandable) gaffes like loud roaring sound effects in the vacuum of outer space, or the unbelievable idiocy of people who think "backup engines" are there to make a rocket go, well, back up ... one just never knows what offenses filmmakers will slap up on screen.

Unfortunately, there is little one can do to prepare for something like _Star Pilot_, or however one wants to reference this particular Italian "science fiction" mess. The creators of this thing not only did not have a scientifically literate person on set, they all seem to have skipped every science class that was offered in their school careers! Other reviewers have pointed out the film's startling revelation that -- contrary to what science tells us -- it is actually quite comfortable beyond the confines of any planetary atmosphere whatever, and you can just twirl around between spaceships without the benefit of a helmet or any other bulky garb. Truly amazing. I was also amazed to note that when "Bellsy" was out in the balmy vacuum repairing the ship's antenna, gravity just seemed to switch on and off without warning - since the damaged antenna he removed visibly fell down and out of sight, no matter how much bouncing around (on a trampoline, apparently) Bellsy did himself!

I could go on forever. I could cite the space chart / screen two characters stared at that appeared to have standard N-E-W-S compass directions on it. Future generations of Cub Scouts will no doubt be relieved to know that there is a North in outer space, and that their compasses will work.

And yet ... this film is so stupid on so many levels (despite pretensions to ... uh, something at the end) that it manages to be quite entertaining at times. It's THAT kind of bad. It would have made a good MST3K target. It's garish, incomprehensible, nonsensical, giddy, idiotic. Furthermore, some of the actors make okay eye candy, if you are into that kind of thing. "Leontine" alone is worth the price of admission, as she is some kind of cross between Angelina Jolie, Barbarella-era Jane Fonda, and something I can't quite name. Her costumes made me believe that Western culture does indeed have a basement, a hard rock floor beyond which nothing can possibly go. And yet ... no matter how often I wanted to turn away, I just ... could not.


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