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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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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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The natives of Akir are known as the Akira. This is no doubt a tribute to legendary director Akira Kurosawa (whose film Seven Samurai (1954) served as the inspiration for this film). 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

Shad: You fired without me.
Nell: It had to be done.
Shad: You were placed under my direct command. You fired without me. "That which is not organic must not..."
Nell: "... harm that which is." I know, I know. It's a damn stupid rule.
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When Battlefield Earth is released on video, watch it back to back with this film.
5 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

I really enjoy these types of films. When they work it's because of their sheer flamboyance. They aren't afraid to steal from any source, EVERYTHING goes into the pot as long as it's got sparkle, splash, and action. This particular film works real well and I absolutely fell for it when I heard a phrase of music lifted directly from "Alexander Nevsky". It's pure, simple (repeat, simple) fun. The producers of "Battlefield Earth" could have learned something about making entertaining SF movies from repeated viewings of "Battle Beyond the Stars."


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