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In the far reaches of space, a small crew, 20 years into their solitary mission, find things beginning to go hilariously wrong.

Director:

John Carpenter

Writers:

John Carpenter (original story and screenplay), Dan O'Bannon (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Brian Narelle Brian Narelle ... Lt. Doolittle
Cal Kuniholm Cal Kuniholm ... Boiler
Dre Pahich Dre Pahich ... Talby
Dan O'Bannon ... Pinback
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Storyline

Low-budget story of four astronauts in deep space, whose mission is to destroy unstable planets in star systems which are to be colonised. The late Commander Powell is stored in deep freeze, where he is still able to offer advice. As their mission nears completion, they must cope with a runaway alien which resembles a beach-ball, faulty computer systems, and a "smart bomb" who thinks it is God. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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alien | cult film | spoof | satire | parody | See All (79) »

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They're not lost in space, they're loose! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1979 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Estrella oscura See more »

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Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Original Version) | (Director's Cut) | (original student film)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dre Pahich, who played "Talby", had a heavy accent; eventually all of his dialogue was re-dubbed, allegedly by John Carpenter himself. See more »

Goofs

When Boiler and Pinback are fighting in the corridor, the gun that Boiler dropped at the beginning of the fight is on the deck not far in front of them, but when they stop fighting and climb the ladder back to the control room, the gun is not there. See more »

Quotes

Commander Powell: Talk to the bomb. You have to talk to it, Doolittle. Teach it PHENOMENOLOGY.
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Alternate Versions

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Benson Arizona
Music by John Carpenter
Lyrics by Bill Taylor
Vocals by John Yager (uncredited)
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I Get It & I Don't!
15 July 2004 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

When one takes into account that this was the first real film venture of John Carpenter and Dan O' Bannon, two incredibly influential and talented movie personas, Dark Star is not all that bad. It has some imaginative camera shots, an intriguing storyline, and some unique, definitely not mainstream humour. The story about the humdrum nature of flying in space for an interminable time has several layers peeled in the script. If I judged the film solely on those merits, it would indeed do well. However, the film has a snail's pace and some uneven plot twists, not to mention some not very good acting. Many of Carpenter's soon-to-be-signature trademarks are clearly evident in this film. No denying it, the man has talent. The film was made with a shoestring budget, but Carpenter and crew do a workmanlike job with the resources they had. Clearly, the greatest appreciation for this film is not for the product itself but for the potential and early, evident development of Carpenter and to a lesser degree O' Bannon.


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