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Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)

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A young farmer sets out to recruit mercenaries to defend his peaceful planet, which is under threat of invasion by the evil tyrant Sador and his armada of aggressors.

Directors:

Jimmy T. Murakami, Roger Corman (uncredited)

Writers:

John Sayles (screenplay by), John Sayles (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Thomas ... Shad
Robert Vaughn ... Gelt
John Saxon ... Sador
George Peppard ... Cowboy
Darlanne Fluegel ... Nanelia
Sybil Danning ... St. Exmin
Sam Jaffe ... Dr. Hephaestus
Morgan Woodward ... Cayman
Earl Boen ... Nestor 1
John Gowans ... Nestor 2 (as John Gowens)
Steve Davis Steve Davis ... Quopeg
Lawrence Steven Meyers Lawrence Steven Meyers ... Kelvin (as Larry Meyers)
Lara Cody Lara Cody ... Kelvin
Lynn Carlin ... Nell (voice)
Jeff Corey ... Zed
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Storyline

Shad, a young farmer, assembles a band of diverse mercenaries in outer space to defend his peaceful planet from the evil tyrant Sador and his armada of aggressors. Among the mercenaries are Space Cowboy, a spacegoing truck driver from Earth; Gelt, a wealthy but experienced assassin looking for a place to hide; and Saint-Exmin, a Valkyrie warrior looking to prove herself in battle. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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A bold youth escapes on a last ditch mission that begins at the edge of the universe. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1980 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Batalla más allá de las estrellas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,000,000, 31 December 1980
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New World Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Vaughn would later go on to star in the final season of The A-Team (1983), in which George Peppard starred as Hannibal Smith. John Saxon had two guest roles on "The A-Team" as two different characters. See more »

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In the "I could do wonders for that boy..." scene with Darlanne Fluegel, Sybil Danning has a white business-card tucked into her holster-garter. See more »

Quotes

[after a dogfight against the Malmori]
Saint-Exmin: Shad, did you see me on the monitor? There was a drone right on my tail. I pulled out; he smashed into an asteroid!
Shad: [grimly] Let me tell you something. This may just be a game to you, but these are my people.
Saint-Exmin: I'm sorry. I forgot about your Varda. I am from a warrior race. We EXIST for battle. Our creed is to live fast, fight well, and have a beautiful ending.
Shad: [looking her in the eyes] NO violent ending is beautiful.
Saint-Exmin: [smiling] You've never seen a Valkyrie go ...
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Alternate Versions

NBC edited 8 minutes from this film for its 1982 network television premiere. See more »

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Featured in Dragon Fire (1993) See more »

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A GOOD Roger Corman film? Amazing!
30 October 2001 | by Bruce_CookSee all my reviews

Roger Corman was executive producer for this enjoyable and wonderfully campy sci-fi version of `The Magnificent Seven'. It even features Robert Vaughn as the same lost-his-nerve gunslinger he played in the original! John Sayle's script is loaded with fine humor. Director Jimmy T. Murakami obviously knew his film history, since the planet being attacked is called `Kira' -- a tribute to director Akira Kurasowa of `Seven Samurai', the inspiration for the original of this interesting trio of films.

Richard Thomas, star of TV's rustic melodrama `The Waltons', plays the brave young man who leaves his besieged home world to find mercenaries to fight against planet-conquering John Saxon. George Peppard plays `Cowboy', a space-going gunrunner with a Western fixation (another tribute to `Mag 7'). Sybil Danning is a feisty female warrior with a costume that defies description.

The special effects look a bit dated now, but that isn't the film's fault. Sam Jaffe (`The Day the Earth Stood Still') has a great part. Darlene Flugel is the attractive romantic interest for Thomas. James Horner's rousing score is a golden plus. When the movie was first released, sci-fi fans considered it a rip-off because it was released between `Star Wars - A New Hope' and `The Empire Strikes Back' -- tough competition.

Watch this movie as a double feature with `The Magnificent Seven' and you're guaranteed a good time. I've done, and it works just fine . ..

Let me know if it works for you, okay?


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