Monday, August 8, 2011
Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
Shad enlists the help of several mercenaries including George Peppard as a space cowboy (his name and occupation incidentally), a killer played by Robert Vaughn, a warrior woman played by Sybil Danning, a green alien with a grudge against Sador and other assorted characters.
The film is pretty damn good for a low budget effort, mainly due to the excellent production design (James Cameron's first job), a good score from James Horner and some nice acting from Vaughn and Peppard. Saxon and Thomas are also good in their respective roles and the only loose end I can see is the female lead, a computer whiz played by Darlanne Fluegel. Her role is somewhat underwritten and in terms of adding to the plot, well, she doesn't really.
Battle Beyond the Stars is a fun ride and even though it could have stood to lose a few minutes here and there (103 minutes for a Corman production is practically unheard of), it's still well worth seeing. Shout Factory put out a 30th anniversary DVD recently and it's the best way you will ever see it.
Check it out.