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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.

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Lt. Doolittle
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Boiler
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Talby
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Pinback
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adam Beckenbaugh ...
Bomb #20 (uncredited)
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Talby voice (uncredited)
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Alien (uncredited)
Cookie Knapp ...
Computer (uncredited) (voice)
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Commander Powell (uncredited)
Alan Sheretz ...
Bomb #19 (uncredited)
Miles Watkins ...
Watkins - Mission Control (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Carpenter

Written by

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

Produced by

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John Carpenter ... producer
Jack H. Harris ... executive producer
J. Stein Kaplan ... associate producer

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John Carpenter

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Douglas Knapp ... director of photography

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Dan O'Bannon

Production Design by

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Dan O'Bannon

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J. Stein Kaplan ... assistant director

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David Seal ... chief carpenter
Tommy Lee Wallace ... associate art director (as Tom Wallace)

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John Brasher ... sound effects
Nina Kleinberg ... sound
Leslie Shatz ... sound effects re-recording
Nick Spaulding ... sound effects cutter

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Ron Cobb ... special effects
Bob Greenberg ... special effects
Gregory Jein ... special effects (as Greg Jein)
Dan O'Bannon ... special effects supervisor
Harry Walton ... special effects
John C. Wash ... special effects (as John Wash)

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Bill Taylor ... optical effects / visual effects consultant
Jim Danforth ... matte painter (uncredited)

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Dale Beldin ... additional photography
Nick Castle ... camera assistant
Cliff Fenneman ... additional photography
Les Rumsey ... key grip

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Jack H. Harris ... presenter
Jack F. Murphy ... production associate (as Jack Murphy)
Craig Portman ... creative consultant / engineering
Terence H. Winkless ... production assistant: Terry Winkless
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines What Do You Say To A Talking Bomb? All Systems Snafu!!! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Dark Star - L'étoile noire (France)
  • Estrella oscura (Spain)
  • Aluniza como puedas: Dark Star (Spain)
  • Pimeä tähti (Finland)
  • Темна зiрка (Ukraine)
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  • 83 min
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Budget $60,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia A computer screen flashes: "FUCK YOU HARRIS" during the film. This was a message directed toward Jack H. Harris, the producer, who annoyed director John Carpenter during production. Supposedly, the offensive sentence was his revenge. However, many people have a hard time finding it. See more »
Goofs In the elevator shaft, Pinback's long hair keeps on pointing towards the wall whenever he moves his head away from it, revealing the shaft to be a tunnel, with him laying on the ground instead of standing on the ledge. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Star Slammer (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Benson Arizona See more »
Quotes [Doolittle convinces the bomb not to explode]
Doolittle: Hello, Bomb? Are you with me?
Bomb #20: Of course.
Doolittle: Are you willing to entertain a few concepts?
Bomb #20: I am always receptive to suggestions.
Doolittle: Fine. Think about this then. How do you know you exist?
Bomb #20: Well, of course I exist.
Doolittle: But how do you know you exist?
Bomb #20: It is intuitively obvious.
Doolittle: Intuition is no proof. What concrete evidence do you have that you exist?
Bomb #20: Hmmmm... well... I think, therefore I am.
Doolittle: That's good. That's very good. But how do you know that anything else exists?
Bomb #20: My sensory apparatus reveals it to me. This is fun.
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