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Battle Beyond the Stars

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Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)

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A battle beyond time, beyond space.

Rebels. Outlaws. Mercenaries. Seven magnificent warriors join to fight the... Battle Beyond the Stars.


A battle beyond time, beyond space.
Rebels. Outlaws. Mercenaries. Seven magnificent warriors join to fight the... Battle Beyond the Stars.


Produced by Roger Corman and scripted by John Sayles, Battle Beyond the Stars is a cheerfully blatant imitation of The Seven Samurai (or at least the American remake The Magnificent Seven). A peaceloving planet is attacked by malevolent aliens. The powers-that-be hire a group of mercenaries, headed by George Peppard, to protect the planet from harm. Peppard's contingent includes squeaky-clean Richard Thomas Jr. and statuesque Sybil Danning. John Saxon goes through his usual paces as the villain, while the supporting players include such dependables as Sam Jaffe, Jeff Corey, and, from Magnificent Seven itself, Robert Vaughn. Keep an eye out for Julia Duffy as "Mol". A deft blend of standard sci-fi action and knowing "inside" humor, Battle Beyond the Stars was one of Corman's biggest hits of the 1980s-not to mention an endless supply of stock footage for future New World Productions.


Battle Beyond the Stars is an American 1980 science fiction film directed by Jimmy T. Murakami and produced by Roger Corman. The film, intended as a "Magnificent Seven in outer space",[3] is based on The Magnificent Seven, the Western remake of Akira Kurosawa's film Seven Samurai.[4][5][6] The screenplay was written by John Sayles, the score was composed by James Horner, and the special effects were directed by James Cameron.

Several of the effects shots and clips were re-used for other films throughout the 1980s, including Bachelor Party, while the spaceship model was re-used in the film Space Raiders. The film was later picked up by Shout! Factory, who released it on DVD and Blu-ray in 2011 as part of the "Roger Corman's Cult Classics" series.

Battle Beyond the Stars grossed $1.7 million in its opening weekend,[24] and reportedly earned $11 million fairly quickly.[25] It received mediocre reviews.[

Release Date: August 8, 1980


Distrib: New World Pictures

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