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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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Storyline

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:

PG | See all certifications »
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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 Fuga in D minor
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Collector's curio
16 March 2012 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

A muddled, typically bad, campy Italian science fiction film which is nonetheless a must-see for seekers of the weird and delightful. This is a badly-edited, poorly-dubbed mess of a movie, with a non-existent budget and a story which lacks a decent beginning, middle or end. Yet despite all the flaws it may have (including scenes of astronauts floating in space without helmets!), it remains a largely entertaining space vehicle full of strange creatures and bizarre special effects work.

Once the action shifts from Earth to space the film becomes much more interesting as a whole and packs some seriously bizarre situations into the short running time. Okay, so there isn't too much action on view, but we do get scenes of rayguns turning people into flaming skeletons and the 'comedic' effects of anti-gravity on the unwitting human inhabitants of the spacecraft.

The presence of two Italian babes (Leonora Ruffo and Leontine May) also makes things easy on the eye, with the former flame-haired girl in a tight-fitting PVC miniskirt and the latter dressed in a fishnet costume (with appropriate frilly bits; remember the kids) for a substantial part of the running time. For the girls, there are plenty of male models to make up the masculine side of the cast, including the presence of peplum icon Kirk Morris (ATLAS AGAINST THE CZAR) in a tight-fitting full body PVC costume as an alien guard. Eagle-eyed viewers may notice harsh-faced peplum star Gordon Mitchell in a one-scene cameo as the alien 'Murdu', appearing on a monitor, no less! Incidental pleasures include a run-in with a planet full of apes (yet this is no PLANET OF THE APES) who run around waving bones like would-be Ronnie Corbetts; the hilarious heavy breathing that first alerts our scientists to the presence of "something" under the ground; the un-politically correct replacing of the robot slaves with some unwilling Chinese men; plus the hilariously mock-serious "dire warning" of the ending which warns of the consequences of nuclear war. Much like the character of Leontine May in this film, 2 + 5: MISSION HYDRA is a pretty but vacuous Italian gem.


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