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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.

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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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The last Battlestar Galactica leads a ragtag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest...for a shining planet known as Earth. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario) | (Québec) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Sensurround (theatrical print)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

To construct the ragtag fleet that follows the Galactica on its lonely quest, the model makers were given a free hand to let their imaginations run wild. Ken Swenson constructed the livery ship (that was supposed to carry all the livestock) out of three film cans, one behind the other. See more »

Goofs

Right before Zac shoots down his first Cylon, they show his joystick. Instead of the normal "Fire/Turbo/IM" labels, it says "Stores/Camera Audio/Camera Pulse". See more »

Quotes

President Adar: I see the party is not a huge success with all my children.
Commander Adama: What awaits us out there is what troubles me.
President Adar: Surely, you don't cling to your suspicions about the Cylons. They *asked* for this armistice. They *want* peace.
Commander Adama: Forgive me, Mr. President, but they hate us with every fiber of their existence. We love freedom, we love independence. To feel, to question, to resist oppression. To them, it's an alien way of existing... they will never accept.
President Adar: But they *have*. Through Baltar, they have sued ...
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Connections

Referenced in Free Enterprise (1998) See more »

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better story than Star Wars but worse effects
5 December 2000 | by andre-71See all my reviews

Battlestar Galactica did have a heavy impact on my childhood. I remember all of my friends trying to rebuild Battlestars and Vipers in various designs out of our LEGO space edition tiles. And how much fun it was to blast the other's ships into pieces! LEGO must have earned millions through us. Never ever has there been another spacecraft as illustrious in design as the Galactica (forget Star Trek's clumsy saucers). Unfortunately, the special effects appeared a little simple, because they were persistently reused. And YES, another commentator was right: Maren Jenson is THE reason to watch the show! Of course, there are one or two things about the story which are quite dubious. For one, the praised military leadership being better than a civilian one is a little hard-core cold-war belief. And in the series, those partially overemphasized religious elements sometimes got a little annoying in the otherwise splendid science-fantasy plot. But after all, those elements formed a heterogeneous mix promoting tolerance and gave the show its uniqueness. Definitely worth watching!


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