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Dark Star (1979)

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Brian Narelle Brian Narelle
Lt. Doolittle
Cal Kuniholm Cal Kuniholm
Boiler
Dre Pahich Dre Pahich
Talby
Dan O Dan O'Bannon
Pinback
Adam Beckenbaugh Adam Beckenbaugh
Bomb #20
John Carpenter John Carpenter
Talby voice
Nick Castle Nick Castle
Alien
Cookie Knapp Cookie Knapp
Computer


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An average movie

3 years, 4 months ago at Jan 4 22:51
Since this movie was John Carpenter's directing debut, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, to be honest, I really had a hard time to care about the damned thing, probably because I was expecting something completely different. Indeed, with its title and its poster and since it was directed by John Carpenter and written by Dan O'Bannon, I thought it would be some kind of dark vintage SF thrill... read more

Dark Star

1 year, 1 month ago at Mar 17 23:52
Dan O’Bannon sure does love to reconfigure space travelers as truckers just doing their job. He gained cinematic immortality by taking that concept and grafting it to a haunted house in space structure in Alien, one of the 70s best science-fiction films from a decade filled with great science-fiction films. But Alien wasn’t the first time that he decided to populate space with stoned out drift... read more

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6 months, 3 weeks ago at Oct 19 0:24
(OK) Carpenter hit in his first one,an anti 2001 space odyssey in its own way, philosophical humour and a long funny suspensefull scene of tha man against a rubber ball humnaly a pet...
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Low-budget story of four astronauts in deep space, whose mission is to destroy unstable planets in star systems which are to be colonised. The late Commander Powell is stored in deep freeze, where he is still able to offer advice. As their mission nears completion, they must cope with a runaway alien which resembles a beach-ball, faulty computer systems, and a "smart bomb" who thinks it is God.
Release date: 9 February 1979
UPC: 089859820526
Tags: Sci-fi (13), Comedy (11), Satire (7), 1974 (6), Alien (6), Thriller (6), 1970s (5), Space Travel (5), Space (5), Bomb (4), Drugs (4), Spacecraft (4), Laser (4), Science Fiction (4), Asteroid (4), Futuristic (4), Cryogenics (3), Computer (3), Artificial Intelligence (3), Exploding Planet (3)
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Dark Star

“Dan O’Bannon sure does love to reconfigure space travelers as truckers just doing their job. He gained cinematic immortality by taking that concept and grafting it to a haunted house in space structure in Alien, one of the 70s best science-fiction films from a decade filled with great science-fiction films. But Alien wasn’t the first time that he decided to populate space with stoned out drifters. Behold, Dark Star.   Dark Star is a shaggy hangout movie that plays as both a parody of 2001, replete with destructive piece of artificial intelligence, and like a student film filled with in-jokes amongst friends. The student film vibe is apropos as director John Carpenter and writer Dan O’Bannon met as USC film school and made this D-list midnight movie. Actually, D-list has a certain ” read more

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