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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Captain Apollo
... Lieutenant Starbuck
... Commander Adama
... Lieutenant Boomer
... Lieutenant Athena
Tony Swartz ... Flight Sergeant Jolly
... Boxey
... Colonel Tigh
... President Adar
... Sire Anton
... Count Baltar
... Cassiopeia
... Dr. Paye
... Serina
... Sire Uri
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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 »


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18 May 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kampfstern Galactica  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the theatrical release version of this movie, Count Baltar (John Colicos) was seemingly decapitated by the Cylons. However, in the television version, he was spared from execution, and becomes a regular character throughout the run of the series. When the scene was originally shot, "Battlestar Galactica" was going to be a series of television movies, and John Colicos was only meant to appear in the first one. But after the network decided to switch from a miniseries format to a regular weekly series, it was decided that Colicos would make an interesting recurring villain, and so the execution scene was edited before airing, to make it appear he had been granted a reprieve. However, the scene was left the way it had originally been shot for the theatrical release. 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

Cylon Centurion: The warriors continue to advance, at least six squadrons.
Imperious Leader: Recall all raiders to defend base ship!
Cylon Centurion: Our raiders are all destroyed.
Imperious Leader: All destroyed? How? We took them by surprise.
Cylon Centurion: Apparently, it was not as big a surprise as we had hope for.
Imperious Leader: Retreat closer to Carillon! Below their scanners!
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The new widescreen DVD
24 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Having just seen a "restored" theatrical print a couple of months ago and now having seen the new DVD, I can say that it is virtually flawless. The subtlety of color makes many sequences appear almost three dimensional (especially on the Galactica). They appear to have removed most of the annoying matte lines from some scenes, although a few garbage mattes are visible. Some scenes that were almost unviewable blurs on the VHS have been restored to almost crystal clarity. Also visible are occasional film scratches, but it is far superior to anything I have seen since the 70's theatrical release in "Sensurround" or however they spelled it.

If you are a Galactica nut or even a fan, you will cherish this in your collection.

P.S. I don't work for Universal!


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