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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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After 1,000 years of war, the humans from the Twelve Colonies are near to celebrate an armistice with the evil Cylon Empire. Out of the blue, the Cylons betray the pact and destroy the Colonies and their entire fleet, except the Battlestar Galactica. Commander Adama summons the few survivors from all the Colonies to follow him on a journey to find the mythical 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, and his partners Lieutenants Starbuck and Boomer destroy the mines left by the Cylons and they reach the planet. They are welcomed by the inhabitants and find the paradise. Meanwhile, the self-serving human leader Sire Uri 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 ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They were searching for a star called Earth, but first they had to win a great war. See more »


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ABC originally ordered seven hours worth of programming from Universal, with the intention of airing "Battlestar Galactica" as a series of television movies: the three-hour "Saga of a Star World", and a pair of two-hour sequels. After "Saga" was finished, and filming had begun on the next installment (originally known as "The Ultimate Weapon", but ultimately aired as the two-part episode "The Gun on Ice Planet Zero"), the network decided not to air "Battlestar" as a miniseries, but instead wanted a regular weekly series ready to begin airing as part of its 1978 fall line-up. Because of this, "Battlestar" premiered with a three-hour television movie serving as the pilot episode. 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

Lieutenant Athena: What are you saying about my father? Do you realize what we've just been through?
Lieutenant Starbuck: Oh, yeah? Well, you didn't see how we spent our day! We just single-handedly managed to keep the Cylons off your neck while you took off on a little cruise!
Lieutenant Athena: Starbuck, don't you realize what's happened?
Lieutenant Starbuck: Oh, yeah! Sure, I realize what's happened! You should see this baby when it takes off across the stars! It's a beautiful sight! Beautiful! Unless, it happens to be your base ship!
Lieutenant Athena: Starbuck, listen to me! The Colonies ...
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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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Referenced in Discussing the Pod (2013) See more »

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A for effort, C- for execution
25 December 1998 | by Scott-8See all my reviews

Give the people who made "Battlestar Galactica" credit, it took a lot to make what they did. The concept was good, a war between humans and "cyborgs" (although they seem more like simple robots) to survive, as the humans flee in a collected fleet trying to find the lost colonies of humanity, namely Earth.

That would have been a novel idea for a theatrical movie, and for a TV show it was outer limits. The special effects were (by 1978 standards) top notch, the set design was good, and they even tried to create a different system of measures, since I think even in Star Trek they refer to things by minutes, hours, and years.

What let the movie (and later series) down was the same limits that affected most of seventies television. Schlocky dialogue, storylines sticking on personal and relationship problems, and somebody had the bright idea to put in a kid and a robot dog to go with him. If the series had been made today, or had simply been let free to explore ideas rather than stick to the "conventions" expected of series television, it might have been great. Instead, it's hardly remembered today.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1979 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Sensurround (theatrical print)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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