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Battle of the Stars (1978)

Battaglie negli spazi stellari (original title)
PG-13 | | Sci-Fi | 17 February 1978 (Italy)
A spaceship investigates an out-of-control planet and discovers a computer that controls an underground civilization.

Director:

Alfonso Brescia (as Al Bradley)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Richardson ... Captain Mike Layton
Yanti Somer ... Diane Greene
Walter Maestosi Walter Maestosi ... Irk
Massimo De Cecco Massimo De Cecco ... Azar
Gaetano Balestrieri Gaetano Balestrieri ... Colonel Dawson
Massimo Bonetti Massimo Bonetti ... Lt. Vassilov
Aldo Canti ... Frank Bimble (as Nick Jordan)
Omero Capanna
Romeo Costantini Romeo Costantini
Giuseppe Fortis Giuseppe Fortis ... Herman Wesson
Daniele Dublino
Manfred Freyberger Manfred Freyberger ... Replicant
Marco Gelardini Marco Gelardini
Enrico Gozzo Enrico Gozzo
Raffaele Muraglia Raffaele Muraglia
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Storyline

An insubordinate space captain investigates an apparently deserted but unstable planet after being drawn there by a mysterious gravitational force. He and his expedition discover the remnants of the once dominant civilization living on a subsistence level in caves. Long ago their advanced society had become so complacent that they built a super-computer to run and maintain the machines that supported their indolent, self-indulgent lifestyle. After the machines were destroyed by a meteor shower, the inhabitants found themselves without the knowledge to rebuild them, completely subservient to the computer whose megalomania was now unchallenged. The cruel cyber-despot reveals that it arranged for ship's landing because it needs the skills of the Earthlings to make critical repairs in its damaged circuitry. When the computer announces future plans for the conquest of the Universe, the captain and his crew know it is time to act. Written by (duke1029@aol.com)

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Sci-Fi

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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence | See all certifications »
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2XL: I control the lives and the brains of all the inhabitants here! I keep them alive as I see fit, just as a shepherd controls the sheep, and then, at any moment, sheers the sheep!
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Followed by War of the Robots (1978) See more »

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An embarrassment, even for an Italian sci-fi movie
15 February 2004 | by aschepler2See all my reviews

WAR OF THE PLANETS (1977) ½* John Richardson, Yanti Sommer, West Buchanan, Ely King. In this film by Alfonso Brescia (as "Al Bradley"), astronauts land on an alien planet and agree to help its humanoid inhabitants battle a super-computer that has taken over the planet. Even by 1977 standards, the sets, costumes and special effects look badly dated, the dialogue is often incomprehensible and the performances are uniformly languid. The theme of the film--that man shouldn't become too heavily dependent on machines--simply gets lost in the muck. The Italians were never that good at sci-fi, but this movie is truly an embarrassment.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

17 February 1978 (Italy) See more »

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| (DVD)

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Mono

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Color (Telecolor)
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