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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.


(as Al Bradley)

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


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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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence | See all certifications »




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Amok the Sage: [via telepathy] Release them. I am Amok, strangers. My voice is pure thought that reaches the mind.
Ensign Holden: [agitated] Hey, how does that guy know our language?
Captain Hamilton: [intently] Shut up, Richard. It's us. Our brainwaves make the telepathy become sound!
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Isn't it interesting how often in these poor science fiction, there is a loose cannon. In this one, it's a commander that is fed up with being given instructions by computers (in this case it's called the WIZ, believe it or not.) He take his crew to an unfriendly planet and gets them embroiled with a robot controlled society. They push a button and destroy the robot. If only people from eons of civilization had decided to push that button. The acting is horrible. I kept trying to recognize the voice of the commander (dubbed, of course), and I realized it sounded like Clayton Moore, the guy who played the Lone Ranger. I know it's not him, but it has that same nasal quality. I did get a kick out of the guys with funny red suits with the little caps. They look like they were created by some sixties fashion designers. It drags and drones on for an hour and a half. There isn't much that happens that is memorable.

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