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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.

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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 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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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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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

17 February 1978 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle of the Stars See more »

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Nais Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Telecolor)
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Ensign Holden: He seems to enjoy calling us Earthlings! He says it with such scorn!
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Followed by Star Odyssey (1979) See more »

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Take two aspirin before watching
12 June 2006 | by Thomas FasuloSee all my reviews

There are Bad sci-fi films, there are Rotten sci-fi films, there are even the Worse sci-fi films. However, this film is in the rock-bottom Bad, Rotten and Worst category. The music and the special effects (nothing more than weird, spiraling colors) give you a headache, and the costume designer committed suicide after completing the crew's uniforms. Humans haven't worn hats like that since the 11th century.

But the film has one saving grace. This takes place in two ridiculous scenes where the commanders back on Earth try to brief the press, all of whom act like they are suppose to portray air-headed journalists. With reporters like these assigned to a BIG STORY, only God knows who is handling national local news. I shudder to think, but then we see their like on TV every night.

The absolute best lines in the movie go to the two commanders who, after trying to convince the reporters that Earth is not in trouble but seeing the reporters rush to their communications devices to tell their editors that the end is near, say to each other:

First commander: "They didn't buy it." Second commander: "No way."

This film is so bad it makes David Bowie's The Man Who Fell To Earth look like a science fiction classic.a


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