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SUNDAY CINEMA: Battle Beyond The Stars


Because Antares asked for it, here’s Battle Beyond the Stars, a 1980 SciFi film starring Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn, George Peppard, John Saxon, Sybil Danning, and Darlanne Fluegel. It’s described as “Magnificent Seven in outer space”.


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6 Comments on SUNDAY CINEMA: Battle Beyond The Stars

  1. Improbable Joe // October 25, 2015 at 12:55 am //

    That’s a classic “so bad it is good” movie. Better than the Star Wars prequels and a bunch of high-budget dreck coming out these days

  2. Thank you. 1:16:28 “You’ve never seen a Valkyrie go down.” Worth the price of admission to hear Sybil Danning say that.

  3. About the only movie that could top this one in sheer awfulness is Beastmaster. Not that I didn’t watch both of these more times than I can remember.

  4. @Scott Marlowe, No, Beastmaster was coherent. Here is the worst:
    The title is Starcrash (aka The Adventures of Stella Star). Poor Christopher Plummer. This is not The Sound of Music.
    All the actors speak English in the movie but the ‘Star Wars’ crawl at the beginning and all the credits are in French. The robot Elle is obviously masculine and speaks like he comes from the Ozarks. Whenever the good guys find themselves in a bind, Marjoe Gortner pulls a new ability out of his ass including the ability to see the future — but he refuses to use it because it is against the law.
    The good guys are fighting Ming the Merciless, er, Count Zarth Arn.
    See how many movies the writers stole from. I lost count.
    Oh, and apparently prisons are co-ed and let the prisoners do hard labor in high-heeled thigh-high leather boots and skimpy outfits. The prisoners have time to apply makeup and do their hair. Even after a 12-hour shift at hard labor, Stella Star has not broken a sweat or dirtied herself or smudged her eyeliner.

  5. You got me. That sounds pretty bad.

  6. Harry Blanchard // October 26, 2015 at 10:07 am //

    Just as much Seven Samurai in outer space as The Magnificent Seven, in fact, note the name of the planet, Akir, a play on the revered director’s name Akira Kurasawa (not my surmise but from reading a review … back in the 80s). An obvious Cornan et al attempt to capitalize on Star Wars, nevertheless the names associated with this product continue to amaze (Sayles, Cameron, Horner, Vaughn, Peppard).

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