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Starcrash

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1 h 31 min197913+
Epic action in outer space when the good guys set out to track the evil Count's secret weapon.
Directors
Luigi Cozzi
Starring
Marjoe GortnerChristopher PlummerCaroline Munro
Genres
Science Fiction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English

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Supporting actors
David Hasselhoff
Studio
Shout!Factory
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3.9 out of 5 stars

200 global ratings

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  4. 9% of reviews have 2 stars
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Twisted_MentatReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 May 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Dumb as a bag of spanners and a hell of a lot more amusing. Cheese central
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Visual design reminds me of buck rogers (lip gloss, lens flare, random enemies jumping out of nowhere and just enough practical effects to turn any combat scene into a lightshow with smoke-puffs
the theme/armosphere is flash gordon (with hints of galaxy railways/harlock mysteries) through and through.

not for everyone but if you can handle the classic cheese this is fully loaded and an obviously generous budget.

plot is nonsense
effects are remarkabley good (space is the same static scene of bright glowing christmas-stars over an iridescent black background, the ships are all close ups of quite inventive yet simple models)
the voices are a dub over the recorded video, so the sound is remarkably clean considering how much general-noise most old sci-fi ends up with (old Dr Who give me a killer headache if I try to watch the entire episode on one sitting).
the voice acting is terrible, so bad in fact that it's quite good
the characters hint at previous escapades that you only usually get from a serial
costume design. yeah, the cover art pretty much sums it up, if it's not figure a hugging body-stocking, plastic uniform, fake-leather harness/loincloth or metal/sparkly decoration it's not in this movie, all get modesty panels but the female lead is the one that ends up in 6-7 bikini variants. like I said flash gordon.

the cast looked to take the movie about as seriously as the audience, the near-constant smile on Caroline Munros face is infectious and the cornt dubbed-line delivery (bordering radio-play) from the entire cast scream of either a production party every day or a crew that couldn't take anything they were doing seriously.

have a few drinks, stick this on in the background, laugh your way through the insanity.
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JA FairhurstReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 April 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
What a Gas
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Okay, this was a pretty obvious ripoff of a certain extremely well known space epic but the quality of... well, pretty well much everything was terrible. Rather surprisingly they had got hold of a pretty major star with Christopher Plummer as the emperor )nice to see a good emperor for a change, though!). I don't know how well David Hasselhoff was at that stage of his career but he was the only other name I recognised, though the female lead had a fair bit to do even if her delivery wasn't quite up to the mark. The space battle at the end was quite good, if we ignore the lack of explosive decompression when the torpedoes breached the enemy headquarters. Overall, the level of physics was so abysmal it would have been laughable if it had taken itself less seriously.
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Hooper's CigarReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 April 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Pantomime Menace
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Hey, I like 'Star Wars'. You probably do, too. I like William Lustig's 'Maniac'. Which, you... er... probably do... too... ahem. Anyhoo, combine those two disparate elements together (well, actors Joe Spinell and Caroline Munro) and what you got is the greatest no-budget sci-fi fantasy epic that George Lucas never made. And it's way better than 'The Last Jedi'. Fact.

In a distant galaxy (well, a blanket with holes cut out for stars), the evil Zarth Arn (Spinell) is causing all kinds of trouble - being a right royal pain for good guy Emperor (Christopher Plummer) who not only has to deal with this tricky fella, but also finds son Prince Simon (David Hasslehoff) is playing it MIA on a distant planet! Luckily, the galaxies' finest navigator Akton (Marjoe Gortner) and co-pilot Stella Star (Munro) are on the case - ensuring they not only find the erstwhile royal lad but also save the universe from the tyrannical clutches of Arn. Or something. To be honest, I wasn't paying too much attention as Ms Munro kept making me think of eating an ice cream on a hot day.

Somehow, director Luigi Cozzi (credited as Lewis Coates) has managed to convince 'James Bond' composer John Barry, respected actor Christopher Plummer and a whole bunch of financiers that his anglo-Italian 'Star Wars' riff is the ideal way to spend both their time and money. Lord knows how he did it or indeed why - but after viewing this 1978 extravaganza - I'm sure glad he did! The visual effects, story, direction and acting are a thing to behold and I was captivated by the movies' innate awesomeness. Director Cozzi, a true connoisseur of low budget horror trash ('Contamination', 'Paganini Horror' and 'Black Cat') helms his movie with all the gusto of a 15 year old and ensures the screenplay (by him and co-producer Nat Wachsberger) is delivered in the strangest of manners: Planet hopping banality, R-rated costume design and crazily buoyant hair-doo's fuse with a sub-'Flash Gordon' aesthetic - making you forget that this was actually made AFTER George Lucas' trailblazer. Thankfully, I'm not one to dwell on such awfulness and lapped this one up like an angry Pac Man - for me, this one delivered from first frame to the very last. Hey, it maybe stupid, it maybe terrible - but who am I complain? With my trusty scotch in my hand flanked by an industrial pack of Doritos, 'Star Crash' is the horrific gift that keeps on giving. Thank you Amazon for bringing it back into my life and in gratitude, take my five star rating. You've more than deserved it.
Richard BJReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 October 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Costume designer a teenage boy?
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Well… I just like to watch any sci-fi and so finally I got down to this that appears to be 4 star on Amazon yet 4/10 on IMDB!
It’s just a bit of fun and does have some cheesy spaceships. Not literally the worst I’ve seen but not great. It’s a little embarrassing to be seen watching since the women pretty much only wear bikini and the fellas fully clad! First scene the lead woman is in a smart boiler suite, 5 mins later bikini with straps… moments later the straps have even gone @@
Anyway aside from that fight scenes are dreadful, special effects are not that special, but I am fine with that. In the end the real issue is the plot is just not really that strong.
And that pretty much sums up my thoughts!
McGuffinReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
More hairspray and eyeliner than a drag artistes convention
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I made a mug of cocoa while watching the movie and didn't need to pause the film. As a curiosity piece of kitsch schlock campy fare it should win an Oscar but not even John Barry's phoned in music can save this, admittedly good natured sci fi turkey. I never knew space had Christmas Tree lights in it.
It says it all when actor Christopher Plummer said he only did it (2 days work) so he could sight see around Rome. Less of a homage to Sci Fi classics and more of a low rent rip off of Star Wars to Buck Rogers and Barbarella in what feels like a Christmas Panto that borrowed the sets of Space 1999, only without an engaging script and plot. That said it's fun for 20 mins and Caroline Munro looks stunning despite being dubbed with a voice that doesn't quite go with her Dominatrix fetish wardrobe.
DustdevilReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 February 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Shout Factory Blu
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Good cheesy fun B movie.

Commentaries:
Audio Commentary with historian Stephen Romano
Screen-Specific Audio Commentary with historian Stephen Romano
Extras:
DISC ONE (Blu-ray):
Interview with director Luigi Cozzi (41:24, HD)
Theatrical Trailer (with optional commentary by filmmaker Joe Dante)
Trailersfromhell.com version of the theatrical trailer with commentary by Eli Roth
French Theatrical Trailer
TV Spot
Radio Spot
"Starcrash: The Music Of John Barry" featurette (12:53, HD)
Photo Galleries:
- Designs
- Storyboards
- Behind-The-Scenes
- Promotional Artwork
- Fan Artwork

DISC TWO (DVD):
17 Deleted/Alternate/Extended Scenes (36:34)
Interview With actress Caroline Munro (72:56)
Look at the Special Effects of Starcrash with Armando Valcauda (22 mins)
Behind the Scenes Footage (22 mins)
Liner Notes Booklet

(info copied from rewind dvdcompare.net)
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dirk in altyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 June 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best heroine costume ever ? Stella Starr
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This 2 disc region 1 DVD is best one,(so far).Bought a French version from Ms. Munro's fan club,but 2nd disc there was a sequel of sorts,but no English language version,so not easy to follow.You might start to think this film is a lot better than it really is the way this set is presented.Seeing it in true aspect ratio helps but really.It is just another Italian "lets rip off what's big in Hollywood" movie.Don't get me wrong,I love this movie but only for it being an excuse to see Caroline Munro at her hottest.This doesn't skimp on extra's and gets my 5 stars for that,not for the brilliance of the film
3 people found this helpful
R. WarrenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 June 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Bad but Good
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In many ways a terrible movie, with bad dialog, vague and confused plot, dodgy special effects and some scenes stolen from elsewhere. Take all that together and the resulting movie is just funny enough to make passable entertainment.
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