The 1980 science fiction film Battle Beyond The Stars was a space opera-style movie produced by Roger Corman. The special effects were directed by James Cameron, and the film was intended as a “Magnificent Seven of Space”.
Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) Plot Summary
The movie begins at an agricultural planet called Akir. A Malmori emperor named Sador (played by John Saxon) has a massive spaceship called the Hammerhead parked nearby in space, and he threatens to turn the planet into a star using his Stellar Converter weapon.
He says he will return in seven days and the planet must surrender to him.
However, Zed (played by Jeff Corey) is a wise man who is the last of the corsairs, and tells the people of Akira they must hire protection.
He sends Shad (played by Richard Thomas) to go to a space station of an old ally of Zed’s. Two humans live there, the old, aged ally Hephaestus who is essentially a cyborg, and his daughter Nanelia (played by Darlene Fluegel), who joins Shad.
They recruit Cowboy (played by George Peppard) who is a pilot from earth. They also recruit a group of five aliens named Nestor who share a consciousness. Next, they recruit an assassin named Gelt (played by Robert Vaughan).
On their voyage home, they are approached by Saint-Exmin (played by Sybil Danning) who is a Valkyrie warrior with a fast ship. Then, Nanelia is almost captured by a slave trader named Cayman, but he lets her go and joins the cause in return for the ability to kill Sador, who turned his planet into a star years earlier.
Once they are back to Akir, they attack Sador in a massive onslaught of dogfighting, kamikaze runs, and ultimately sacrifice their best ship to explode the Stellar Converter and ultimately Sador’s flagship.
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I saw this movie when I was about 12 years old and I absolutely loved it. It has a really nice look and good special effects (I think it was the most expensive movie that Corman had produced up to that date). Cameron already showed his skills when he worked on this movie. Corman sure knows how to pick the right people to work on his movies.