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When Star Wars was released in 1977, it spawned a slew of imitations. This film is one of them. However in my modest opinion, it is one of the better pictures to emerge from this sub-genre. In fact, I consider it to be one of the most unusual, surreal science fiction movies ever committed to celluloid. It stars Caroline Munroe as "Stella Star" a trouble making heroine who kicks heiney at the drop of a hat. David Hasselhoff makes an early film appearance as wimpy "Prince Simon" and the late, great Joe Spinell is a tour de force as the evil "Count Zarth Arn". The picture was an Italian-English co-production with a mixed crew. The special effects in this film are off the wall. For instance, the starfields in this universe look like Christmas tree lights and the robot charachter "El" speaks with a Southern accent! Fantastic! Where else would you find this but in an Italian movie with a predominatley English and American cast! The movie may have gotten the green light due to the success of Star Wars, but in many ways it is a "one off" original that cannot be compared to anything. That alone makes it required viewing for all cinemaphiles!
Another semi-early scifi movie. Probably made for televison, starring Christoper Plummer, Marjoe Gortner, Caroline Munro and David Hasselhoff.
Christopher Plummer must have been at the bottom of his career when he agreed to do this film. Actually he was only in "hologram" form, so he wasn't actually on the set and he was in the film a total of about 20 minutes.
David Hasselhoff didn't make an appearance until about 45 minutes into the film, so it was rather impressive when his picture WAS on the cover with Plummer and Monro.
Caroline Monro seemed very familiar and the reason was because she was the girl with the evil eye on the palm of her hand in THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD.
Marjoe Gortner was a main character, yet he failed to be on the cover of this movie. Apparently he too was in a film, but his film was a documentary about his life as an Evangelist and it won a best independent film award!
The dialog is hilarious, the costumes are hilarious, the special effects are hilarious and the acting is hilarious as well as the makeup on the men! Very little substance in the film, a lot of "glossing over" of the "small" stuff such as how does the bubble contraption holding two passengers fly in the air with no obvious motor! And what was the purpose of investigating a crashed space craft when it had nothing to do with anything?
Seemingly low budget and funny, funny, funny! Think of David Hasselhoff in KNIGHT RIDER. Sort of the same acting and costumes, only in outer space and not in California.
This was so bad that it was so good!
Let me preface my review by stating that as a child, I loved this movie. Being able to find it recently on ebay and revisit it on DVD was a treat. Yes the acting is definitely that of a "B-movie" and the special effects were well....horrible, but there is a certain indescribable joy I received. It reminded me of my youth long gone and I found myself laughing at the script as well as the acting rather than being dissapointed. The movie is very similar to "Ice pirates" in genre, goofy, but good clean fun. One of the things that I have always loved about this movie is John Barry's score. I am a bit of a soundtrack buff and John Barry is one of my favorite composers. His score in this movie is one of my favorites. Along the lines of "Moonraker", it invokes a lot of passion and romance, which is kind of ironic since there is not much of that in this movie. It was neat to see a young David Hasselhoff and Christopher Plummer. Carolyn Munroe is gorgeous, although a very poor actress.
If you like cult classics, you should see this movie and for those of you like me who enjoyed this movie in your childhood, you won't be dissapointed.
I went to the local Cinema to see this movie 30 years ago. It was and still is a bad movie, but it's fun to watch. The acting is terrible and the effects worst and after half the movie you still don't know where the story is going. It is a mix of Star Wars/Battlestar Galactica with Barbarella Italian style. But again, it is fun and has become a cult classic. Don't expect much and you'll enjoy it. BTW the music is by John Barry and is very nice.