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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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Jimmy T. Murakami, Roger Corman (uncredited)

Writers:

John Sayles (screenplay), John Sayles (story) | 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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Ruthless invaders. A defenseless planet. And a daring band of space adventurers fighting to save it. 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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Company Credits

Production Co:

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

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

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

Nell: Terrific! Now I've got TWO babies to sit for.
Shad: [sternly] Nell, shut up.
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Featured in His Name Was Shad (2011) See more »

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As good now as it was then ... but was it good ?
24 October 2011 | by mungfleshSee all my reviews

Let's pretend we've never heard of Roger Corman nor The Magnificent Seven etc.

As a kid, that was me. I heard about this movie through my friends, when I was about 9 or 10. To us, this was another great space epic, along the lines of Star Wars. It had good effects, plenty of laser blasts and bad guy with a massive ship that could destroy planets. Awesome!

Many years later, I bought this on DVD and, to my pleasant surprise, found that it hadn't aged too badly. The low budget is very apparent but the movie is slickly edited such that it perhaps feels richer that it should. This is however it's biggest drawback because the character development is poor in places and the stars play second-fiddle to the ships and the costumes they inhabit. Gelt and Space Cowboy are perhaps the most fleshed-out of the pack, the remainder either being weak or there to make up the numbers.

The true star of the show is James Horner. It's a great score and all the best moments of Star Trek 2 are audible here first.

It's an inventive film, even if the invention is mainly facsimile, and an entertaining one. In the archives of sci-fi, there's no contest between this and its obvious "raison d'être" influence, as to which film is the better, but it's a noteworthy addition from the same era, what I consider to be the golden-age of special effects.


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