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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Shad
... Gelt
... Sador
... Cowboy
... Nanelia
... St. Exmin
... Dr. Hephaestus
... Cayman
... Nestor 1
... Nestor 2 (as John Gowens)
Steve Davis ... Quopeg
Lawrence Steven Meyers ... Kelvin (as Larry Meyers)
Lara Cody ... Kelvin
... Nell (voice)
... 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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Ruthless invaders. A defenseless planet. And a daring band of space adventurers fighting to save it. See more »


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Release Date:

13 November 1980 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Batalla más allá de las estrellas  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,000,000, 31 December 1980
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alan Howarth created different sound effects for each of the seven starships and reused several synth effects he had created for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). He also composed and recorded the music that is heard on the jukebox in Gelt's chamber. See more »

Goofs

During Saint Exmin's final battle against Sador a crewmember can be seen on the left-side of the screen (over Sybil Danning's right shoulder). The crewman is visible during the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th cut to her during the battle. The crew person appears to be sitting just behind the wall immediately behind Sybil. See more »

Quotes

Kalo: Tembo! Come on up here!
Tembo: [laughing] I'm busy.
Kalo: FORGET ABOUT HER! Something's coming.
Tembo: What?
Kalo: Something's coming. Seven ships.
Tembo: SEVEN! What do you think we should do?
Kalo: Run away?
Tembo: GOOD IDEA!
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Edited into Star Portal (1997) See more »

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Star Wars clone? Yes, but cheesy sci-fi fun!
11 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Battle Beyond The Stars was one of the better Star Wars clones. The special effects weren't "great" even back in 1980, but they add to the low budget flavor of the movie. You have to remember that this movie had a substantially lower budget for special effects than an "A" picture like Star Wars. Early detailed models by James Cameron (TERMINATOR/TITANIC) are the high point of the special effects. A lot of people got their career start on this film, and Cameron was only one of many.

The script for Battle Beyond The Stars had a lot of things going for it, from the aliens to the quirky characters. I found the race of Nestor to be the most interesting concept of all. Just the thought of a race of beings that can hear/feel/think together as one conscious entity could be a great movie plot in itself.

The excellent casting of actors and actresses was another strong point in Battle Beyond The Stars. John Saxon, George Peppard, and Sybil Danning especially shine through in their acting performances in my opinion.

Battle Beyond The Stars is, quite simply, one of those movies that's so cheesy that's it's something special. It's a fun movie that never takes itself too seriously, and I don't either. I guess that's why I still enjoy it after all of these years.


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