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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 »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

A young Bill Paxton worked on the sets as a carpenter and painter in between jobs on the recommendation of good friend, art director and future collaborator James Cameron. 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

Cayman: [upon meeting Shad for the first time] I'm only in this for Sador. I want his head.
Shad: [surprised] Oh. Well, you're welcome to it.
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Alternate Versions

In television airings of this film, the shots of Saint-Exmin (Sybil Danning) reclining in the cockpit of her spaceship often include an additional control panel matted into the scene to conceal her otherwise amply displayed bust. See more »

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Referenced in Other Voices: Creating 'The Terminator' (2001) See more »

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Definitely an under-appreciated film
7 October 1998 | by Mister-6See all my reviews

Of all the post "Star Wars" films, this one is decidedly the best of its ilk. The dependable storyline, stalwart acting and sometimes humorous special effects (LOVE the female-designed spaceship!) all make for an entertaining film. For all the flak it has received (even getting a "Dog of the Week" label from Siskel and Ebert upon its initial release), it has for all intents and purposes kept itself in the memories of all who have seen it and is most definitely a fantasy that is worthy of seeing again and again.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1980 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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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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