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Space Raiders (1983)

A futuristic, sensitive tale of adventure and confrontation when a 10 year old boy is accidentally kidnapped by a spaceship filled with a motley crew of space pirates.

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Howard R. Cohen

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Howard R. Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Edwards ... Hawk
David Mendenhall ... Peter
Patsy Pease Patsy Pease ... Amanda
Thom Christopher ... Flightplan
Luca Bercovici ... Ace
Drew Snyder ... Aldebarian
Ray Stewart ... Zariatin
George Dickerson George Dickerson ... Tracton
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... Lou
Virginia Kiser ... Janeris
Don Washburn Don Washburn ... Jessup
William Boyett ... Taggert
Howard Dayton Howard Dayton ... Elmer
Dick Miller ... Crazy Mel
Elizabeth Charlton Elizabeth Charlton ... Cookie
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A futuristic, sensitive tale of adventure and confrontation when a 10 year old boy is accidentally kidnapped by a spaceship filled with a motley crew of space pirates.

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The ultimate adventure in space [Video Australia] See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Child See more »

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Millenium See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David Mendenhall was eleven years old when he made his theatrical film debut as Peter in this movie. See more »

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During the first space fight, Hawk says that "there are only two of them, and six of us". However, we get to see at least ten company fighters get blown up during the course of the battle. See more »

Quotes

Peter: These aren't real onions, are they? They're some kind of alien yucko onions. Wonder if this is real cheese?
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Music from 'Battle Beyond the Stars'
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Not Great But Not Rubbish
10 December 2005 | by trickyascupartSee all my reviews

Okay, picture it: a ten year old boy has nothing better to do but to mope around the house. He turns on the TV and BOOM! It's a Star Wars rip-off! HOORAY! I was that ten year old kid and I so loved Star Wars (and still do) that anything with space battles, robots and smart-arse heroes was immediately watched with great suspension of disbelief. I really thought that Space Raiders was, along with Battlestar Galactica, the mutt's nuts, as it were, of Star Wars-type films. It was duly taped on a later broadcast and said tape did wear out because said kid watched it so much. I still watched it while I was a secondary school, and I'd even get up at some hideously early hour so I could watch it before going to school. After the tape went the way of the dodo I fortunately found a second-hand copy in a cash converters store and was able to keep watching it, though more out of habit that for a fix of space hokum. It will never earn the mantle of greatest sci-fi flick ever as that honour will go to the original Star Wars, but it's still watchable if you are a member of the kid-young-teen bracket. It's fun, it doesn't get too heavy and bogged down in volumes of exposition and it's got some very good ideas. The problem is that the budget didn't do justice to those ideas. The effects are very cheap, but I have seen worse. The robots were pretty well done, even if it is obvious that they're men in plastic suits. The acting isn't brilliant, but then this is an escapist b-movie, not Shakespeare, and to be honest, the level of acting is about right for the film - the actors are all pretty competent in their own way but they won't be winning any awards. Space Raiders - not great, but not rubbish either.


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