The B-Movie Podcast: Star Wars-ish The Magnificent However Many – Battle Beyond the Stars
A long time ago, in a Drive-In not so far Away…
Welcome to our Month long series of Star Wars inspired/ripped off films! That’s right Ladies and Gents, in honor of Star Wars: The Last Jedi we got a month of double features, special guest and more!!! We continue with two Star Wars and Seven Samurai-inspired films in The Magnificent However Many. First up; Battle Beyond the Stars.
I must give credit where credit is due. This one is all C. Robert Cargill, screenwriter of Dr. Strange and Co-Host of Junk Food Cinema. This is a long with the next film (Krull) are a part of a trilogy of James Horner Scored films he loves and covered on JFC. Because he and Brian Salisbury covered these films on their podcast prior to me, it would not seem right without a tip of the hat to both Gents. I would ask you to click on this link to go to their Podcast and subscribe if you don’t already!!!!
Do not discount Battle Beyond the Stars because it’s a Roger Corman produced the film. Shame on you if you do, especially one that considers themselves a B-Movie Geek. Corman’s film may have been cheaply produced but that is not an indication of their quality. This Seven Samurai in space remake has an ally in its screenwriter. That screenwriter is John Sayles. Sayles the great Independent Film icon started off as a screenwriter for hire doing a lot of his work at the beginning with Corman. Battle Beyond the Stars is all Sayles with his sharp and witty script able to withstand just about everything that the quick production threw at it. It managed to stay intact and what we got was a great Drive-In B-Movie that would have made a great double feature with Empire Strikes Back circa 1980. A great game cast headed up by George Peppard, Robert Vaughn, and John MOTHER FORKING Saxon!!!
Release Year: 1980
Director: Jimmy T. Murakami
Writer(s): John Sayles, Anne Dyer
Cast of Note: Richard Thomas, George Peppard, Robert Vaughn, John Saxon, Darlanne Fluegel, Sybil Danning, Sam Jaffe, Jeff Corey, Morgan Woodward, Earl Boen