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 ... Lt. Doolittle
Cal Kuniholm ... Boiler
Dre Pahich ... Talby
Dan O'Bannon ... Pinback
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Storyline

A low budget, sci-fi satire that focuses on a group of scientists whose mission is to destroy unstable planets. 20 years into their mission, they have battle their alien mascot, that resembles a beach ball, as well as a "sensitive" and intelligent bombing device that starts to question the meaning of its existence. Written by yusufpiskin

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Plot Keywords:

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:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The idea to deep-freeze the dead (Commander Powell) and be able to speak to their half-living souls through an electronic device is inspired by sci-fi short stories and novels by Philip K. Dick, in such works as "What the Dead Men Say" (1963) or "Ubik" (1969). The frost, the radio tuning and the clouded, feeble and fainting thoughts are exactly as described by Dick. Co-writer Dan O'Bannon would later adapt Dick's stories "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" and "Second Variety" as Total Recall (1990) and Screamers (1995) respectively. See more »

Goofs

When Doolittle looks at the food tray he says; "Chicken again!", but the trays are labeled Brussels sprouts. 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

Both versions of the film are commonly available on DVD and laser disc. See more »

Connections

Featured in First Works (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Benson Arizona
Music by John Carpenter
Lyrics by Bill Taylor
Vocals by John Yager (uncredited)
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The captain is dead, but that is no problem
27 September 2004 | by flingebuntSee all my reviews

It all started out as a short film made at film school made by the now legendary John Carpetenter, but then they wanted to make a longer version, however they couldn't get money to remake it, so they simply added extra scenes in the middle (example, the beach ball alien).

The story is this, on a ship where the captain is dead (but you can unfreeze to ask him questions) and the rest crew are going basically crazy they have problem. One of their bombs has become sentient and is busy contemplating the nature of existence.

The effects are OK, and who would have thought the beach ball would become the inspriration for the movie Alien.

Over all one of the great classics of science fiction and of low budget film making.

I heard of this movie a long time ago and it took me over 10 years before I finally found it in my local video shop. Great and amazing movie.

What will bomb number 20 do, now it is intelligent...watch the film and find out.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1979 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Star See more »

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Box Office

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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