Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy.

Director:

Roger Vadim

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Jean-Claude Forest (from the best seller "Barbarella" by) (as Jean Claude Forest), Terry Southern (screenplay) | 7 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Barbarella
John Phillip Law ... Pygar
Anita Pallenberg ... The Great Tyrant
Milo O'Shea ... Concierge / Durand-Durand
Marcel Marceau ... Professor Ping
Claude Dauphin ... President of Earth
Véronique Vendell ... Captain Moon (as Veronique Vendell)
Giancarlo Cobelli Giancarlo Cobelli ... The Revolutionary
Serge Marquand Serge Marquand ... Captain Sun
Nino Musco Nino Musco ... The General
Franco Gulà Franco Gulà ... The Suicide (scenes deleted) (as Franco Gula)
Catherine Chevallier Catherine Chevallier ... Stomoxys
Marie Therese Chevallier Marie Therese Chevallier ... Glossina
Umberto Di Grazia Umberto Di Grazia ... Sogo Citizen
David Hemmings ... Dildano
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The year is 40,000. After peaceful floating in zero-gravity, astronaut Barbarella lands on the frozen planet Lythion and sets out to find renowned scientist Durand Durand in the City of Night, Sogo, where a new sin is invented every hour. There, she encounters such objects as the Excessive Machine, a genuine sex organ on which an expert artist of the keyboard, in this case, Durand Durand himself, can drive a victim to death by pleasure, a lesbian queen who can make her fantasies take form in her Chamber of Dreams, and a group of ladies smoking a giant hookah which dispenses Essence of Man through a poor victim struggling in its glass globe. You can not help but be impressed by the special effects crew and the various ways that were found to tear off what minimal clothes our heroine seemed to possess. Written by alfiehitchie

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The space age adventuress whose sex-ploits are among the most bizarre ever seen. See more »


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In 1999, it was announced that the movie was getting remade with Drew Barrymore as Barbarella. However, the remake never got made as of 2018, Hollywood has made no plans to bring Barbarella back to the big screen. See more »

Goofs

Several times when Barbarella's ship takes off or flies away, visible wires hold it up or guide it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
videophone: Stand by for a message from Dianthus, President of Earth and Rotating Premier of the Sun System.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the letters in the words move around in an attempt to obscure Barbarella's nudity. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1968, all the legislative rules about not showing female nudity were applied by the Australian Film Censorship Board, when Barbarella was classified (SOA) SUITABLE ONLY FOR ADULTS.
  • The Australia Film Censorship Board ordered the elimination of "all shots of female nudity" i.e. Australia Film Censorship Board insisted that the brief female nudity is never seen by Australians.
  • In 1968 BARBARELLA quickly became a cult movie film outside Australia, because under the pretext of Jane Fonda completely removing her spacesuit, she does a revealing zero-gravity striptease during the 4:49 minutes of opening credits, whilst the title theme song is performed by The Glitterhouse. Bright white animated titles are used, where the letters forming the words move around in an attempt to obscure Barbarella's nudity, plus there is visual blurring to hide Jane Fonda's incomplete nakedness.
  • Projected in glorious SPLICE-ARAMA, BARBARELLA when shown in Australian cinemas on its first theatrical release, at the request of the Australian Film Censorship Board the movie had all nudity eliminated. Because of large number of censorship cuts in the opening credits to remove all the female nudity, the title theme song also had some lyrics cut. These are the six sequences of cuts during the opening credits sequence:- Before the title sequence says "David Hemmings" cut 3:46 to 3:47 left breast and nipple, then cut 3:41 to 3:56 right breast and nipple, then cut 4:08 to 4:14 left and right breast and nipples. Before the title sequence says "Dino De Laurentis" cut 4:15 to 4:17 left breast and nipple, then cut 4:30 to 4:43 right breast nipple then left breast nipple. Before the title sequence says "Roger Vadim" cut 4:45 to 4:50 left breast and nipple then right breast and nipple.
  • Inside her spaceship, cut 8:32 to 8:34 brief rear view of Jane Fonda
  • In the labyrinth sequences, the topless women, cut 32:42 to 32:45 then cut 33:38 to 33:50 then cut 39:29 to 39:40
  • All the topless women plus the woman suspended from the ceiling in the city of Sogo sequences, cut 71:21 to 71:41 then cut 72:52 to 73:01
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An Angel is Love
Written by Bob Crewe & Charles Fox
Performed by Bob Crewe
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All the plot of a high-budget porn...
5 March 2003 | by Raptor in BlackSee all my reviews

Really and truly, this could be the plot of one of the more "high-brow" types of porn. I watched this with a bunch of other girls for a class, and we could not stop laughing the entire time.

See Jane Fonda meet men from around the galaxy, and have sex with them! Dare your friends to count how many times she changes her costume!! Sparks deep philosophical discussion, like what exactly the writers were on when they wrote this. Great fun, not to be missed!


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Release Date:

10 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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