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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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From a vast and distant galaxy... A space adventure for all time! See more »


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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

A dinosaur sequence was filmed, but deleted. See more »

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At the end of the film, as Stella Star pilots the Flying City to the villain's space ship, she wears a long black cape. It disappears by the time she bails out wearing her space helmet, then reappears for her clinch with Simon after he picks her up. See more »

Quotes

Simon: Stella... Stella! And welcome home.
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References Jason and the Argonauts (1963) See more »

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Starcrash End Title
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What the...? Who? What just happened then? Eh?
23 October 2004 | by axeman-9See all my reviews

I thought I had seen the worst space movie made in recent years when I saw Space Mutiny, how innocent it all seems looking back after just watching Starcrash. This has to be the worst acted, worst written, most poorly edited movie I have seen in years. The special effects deserve a mention, because they aren't. It's amazing to me that this piece of fetid crud came out 2 years after Star Wars had shifted the goalposts.

The best thing about the models is sitting spotting which bits came from where, they're made with sprues from model kits with all the parts still attached so nerds can see bits of Space 1999 eagles, the Nostromo, Saturn V rockets, aircraft wheels, etc. Dire! The space battles between lumpy bits of model kits are so poorly made and edited that it's impossible to follow what's going on. Certainly the actors and director couldn't, I lost count of the continuity errors during those sequences.

As for the actors and acting, Caroline Munro and Marjoe Gortner pull some damn funny faces, and frankly I could watch Caroline mince around in her various space bikinis all day, but she will keep trying to act. Disaster! I wonder if Christopher Plummer even lists this one on his resume, but you can bet David Hasselhoff has it near the top of his. I hate to say it, but apart from Caroline Munros legs he's the best thing in the film. Now that's a bad movie.

I honestly don't know how they made this, they obviously watched Star Wars because they blatantly rip it off for most of their plot, designs, names and so forth, but never noticed that that movie had real actors, good writing and amazing effects. Darth Zarn... sorry, Zarth Arn the bad guy makes Ming the Merciless look like a taut, underplayed role, and the whole major fight sequence where men in torpedoes are shot through the windows of his space ship to fight his minions is incredible. Never mind calling soldiers, you want a good glazier to stop the air blasting out, surely?

I give in, this movie sucked far harder than any vacuum I have ever seen. It's a cheapo rip-off of Star Wars mixed with Barbarella and if it wasn't for a babe in the title role no one would watch more than a few minutes of this dross. A new low, really low. Funny, but low.


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