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Starcrash (1978)

An outlaw smuggler and her alien companion are recruited by the Emperor of the Galaxy to rescue his son and destroy a secret weapon by the evil Count Zarth Arn.

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Luigi Cozzi (as Lewis Coates)

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Luigi Cozzi (screenplay) (as Lewis Coates), Nat Wachsberger (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marjoe Gortner ... Akton
Caroline Munro ... Stella Star
Christopher Plummer ... The Emperor
David Hasselhoff ... Prince Simon
Robert Tessier ... Chief Thor
Joe Spinell ... Count Zarth Arn
Nadia Cassini ... Queen Corelia
Judd Hamilton ... Elle
Hamilton Camp ... Elle (voice)
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Storyline

Outlaw smugglers Stella Star and Akton manage to pick up a castaway while running from the authorities, who turns out to be the only survivor from a secret mission to destroy a mysterious superweapon designed by the evil Count Zarth Arn. The smugglers are soon recruited by the Emperor of the Galaxy to complete the mission, as well as to rescue the Emperor's son, who has gone missing. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Star Wars meets Barbarella in the ultimate intergalactic adventure See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

9 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Crash See more »

Filming Locations:

Bari, Apulia, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Caroline Munro was originally going to wear a skimpy leather bikini outfit through the entire film, but American studio executives insisted that writer/director Luigi Cozzi have Munro wear less provocative clothing in the second half because they thought the film would have problems being broadcast on network television. See more »

Goofs

In one battle scene, six fighters attack. Two are destroyed, then five are shown. Two more are destroyed, but only two are shown left. After the next fighter is destroyed, the defenders claim "Got them!", then another three fighters pass by. See more »

Quotes

Thor: [to Count Zarth Arn] Soon I will join you as your prince of darkness.
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Starcrash Main Title
Written and Arranged by John Barry
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Great stuff
24 October 2006 | by AntagonistenSee all my reviews

When it comes to bad movies there are a few different brands of crap that are being served. Mainly it's crap that is funny or crap that is just sad. While "Aeon Flux" for instance is just sad, a movie like "Starcrash" is actually funny.

After the huge success of "Star Wars" it's no real mystery why movies like this one were made. We have the same syndrome now with all the movies made based on comics. While many of them are worthwhile, like for instance X-men and Spiderman, many will also be crap made just to bring in the quick buck (back to Aeon Flux for instance). "Starcrash" is definitely the attempt to bring in the quick buck by riding on the back of "Star Wars". And the fact that "Starcrash" didn't have a big buck to spend is very apparent. This movie has some of the most appalling special effects i have ever seen. They are just terrific in their awfulness! Everything animated looks jerky and stiff, most special effects just look painted on in the style of the phasers in the original "Star Trek". And let me tell you, you haven't truly lived until you've seen a young David Hasselhoff in a light-saber vs. steel sword duel with a dramatically fake robot! Besides the obviously lame special effects there are tons of things to love in this movie. Like the ridiculous outfits and make-up and the plastic-looking props. The real prize-winner though is the acting. It's somewhere between horrible and suicidally horrible. Everyone delivers their lines like it's Shakespeare on acid and the dialog seems to be written by someone with epic ambitions. It's epic comedy at least.

To end this rambling review i just want to say that this movie is a must-see. Perhaps while intoxicated. I think anyone with the tiniest love for b-movies will enjoy this immensely, this is just one of those rare movies that is just so bad it's almost perfect. Great stuff!


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