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Battlestar Galactica (1978)

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After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet in a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth.

Directors:

Richard A. Colla, Alan J. Levi (uncredited)

Writer:

Glen A. Larson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Hatch ... Captain Apollo
Dirk Benedict ... Lieutenant Starbuck
Lorne Greene ... Commander Adama
Herbert Jefferson Jr. ... Lieutenant Boomer
Maren Jensen ... Lieutenant Athena
Tony Swartz Tony Swartz ... Flight Sergeant Jolly
Noah Hathaway ... Boxey
Terry Carter ... Colonel Tigh
Lew Ayres ... President Adar
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Sire Anton
John Colicos ... Count Baltar
Laurette Spang ... Cassiopeia
John Fink ... Dr. Paye
Jane Seymour ... Serina
Ray Milland ... Sire Uri
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Storyline

The story of how the Twelve Colonies of Mankind are destroyed after 1,000 years of war with the evil Cylon Empire. Through deceit, the Cylons are able to destroy the Colonies' entire fleet, except for the Battlestar Galactica, captained by Commander Adama. Adama gathers up the few remaining humans left on all the twelve worlds and embarks on a journey to find the mythical planet Earth, the supposed thirteenth colony, lost millennia ago when humans first left the motherworld Kobol. With food and fuel running out, the fleet heads for a mineral planet, Carillon, hoping to get what they need. The Ovions, who populate the planet, are being controlled by the Cylons, who set a trap for the Galactica. Under a clever ruse, Adama convinces the Cylons that his pilots are on the surface at a banquet, while the real pilots are at full combat readiness. The fleet gets their food and fuel, and escapes, destroying Carillon and a Cylon Baseship hiding behind the planet. Written by BSG Mailing List <bsg@csonline.com>

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Two years in the making...Presented at a cost of $14,000,000. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kampfstern Galactica See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (Ontario) | (Québec) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Sensurround (theatrical print)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Released on DVD in the United States in 2003. See more »

Goofs

After Zac's Viper is hit by Cylon fire, the camera shows the left side of Zac's cockpit missing in a few scenes. The first time is shortly after Zac says, "Come on, baby. Not much farther." This happens again after he says, "Patrol to fleet. I need help." See more »

Quotes

Count Baltar: [smiling maliciously] Their destruction is complete.
Cylon Centurion: Our forces have taken prisoners near the spacedrome. They tell of survivors who escaped in ships.
Count Baltar: What ships? How far can they go? If a handful of survivors did indeed escape, they would have neither fuel nor food for a prolonged voyage.
Cylon Centurion: The information is not complete. It is offered in exchange for life.
Count Baltar: And what is the standing order, for humans, from your Imperious Leader?
Cylon Centurion: Extermination.
Count Baltar: Then carry out your orders. If they exist, they're ...
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Alternate Versions

In 1979, this film was reissued theatrically in the United States in "Sensurround", the same short-lived gimmick used for Earthquake, Midway and Rollercoaster. See more »

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Cult Sci-Fi for People of My Generation
7 July 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After many years of war, the humans from the Twelve Colonies are near to celebrate an armistice with the evil Cylon. Out of the blue, the Cylons betray the pact and destroy the Colonies and the entire fleet except the Battlestar Galactica. Commander Adama (Lorne Greene) summons the survivors from the Colonies to follow him in a journey to the planet Earth. However they are short of water, supplies and fuel and they head to the planet Carillon to replenish the fleet and get the supplies. Adama's son, the warrior Captain Apollo (Richard Hatch), and his partners Lieutenants Starbuck (Dirk Benedict) and Boomer (Herbert Jefferson Jr.) destroy the mines left by the Cylons and they reach the planet. They are welcomed by the inhabitants and find the paradise. Meanwhile the human leader Sire Uri (Ray Milland) wants to destroy their arms and live in the Cylon Empire despite the contempt of Adama. Sire Uri decides to give medals to Apollo, Starbuck and Boomer for their bravery on Carillon and invites the warriors to come to the party. However Adama believes that it is a trap for the Galactica. What can he do?

"Battlestar Galactica" is a cult sci-fi for people of my generation. I was one of the big fans of the movie and the series in the 70's and 80's, and it was delightful to see this movie again, indeed a travel in time. It is impressive that almost forty years later, the special effects and sets of the Galactica are still great. Impressive how beautiful Jane Seymor is in this film. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Galactica: Astronave de Combate" ("Battlestar Galactica")


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