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Message from Space

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Message from Space

The first and best of the wave of imitations that came in the wake of George Lucas’ Star Wars is a cult classic packed with intergalactic super fun! Under threat from an evil empire, the planet Jillucia sends an emissary to assemble a disparate gang of protectors to save their doomed world. Battle Royale director Kinji Fukasaku helms a dazzlingly delirious, wildly energetic samurai space opera with a stellar international cast featuring Vic Morrow and Sonny Chiba.

 


PLUS

The original 13-chapter 1936 Flash Gordon serial flies into the New Beverly in glorious 35mm! Chapter 5: The Destroying Ray screens before Message from Space with future exciting installments playing before select Sci-Fi Summer screenings in June and July.


 

Director
Kinji Fukasaku
Starring
Vic Morrow, Sonny Chiba, Philip Casnoff, Peggy Lee Brennan, Etsuko Shihomi, Tetsurô Tamba
Year
1978
Rated
PG
Country
Japan
Format
35mm
Running Time
105 minutes

Starcrash

From a vast and distant galaxy comes a wildly entertaining, you-won’t-believe-it-until-you-see-it Star Wars rip-off! Roger Corman’s New World Pictures and Italian low budget directing legend Luigi Cozzi combine for a deliriously good time, packing more high-flying effects, sci-fi shootouts, laser-blasting battles and not-quite-Lucas-approved lightsaber duels in its 90 minutes than you could ever dream possible. Stella Star (cult film icon Caroline Munro) squeezes into a space bikini and joins her alien pal (Marjoe Gortner) to save the universe in a series of increasingly daring adventures, dazzling chases and edge-of-your-seat cliffhangers. Co-starring Christopher Plummer, David Hasselhoff, and Joe Spinell.

“Achieves a kind of lunatic appeal” – British Film Institute’s Monthly Film Bulletin

Director
Luigi Cozzi
Starring
Marjoe Gortner, Caroline Munro, Christopher Plummer, David Hasselhoff, Robert Tessier, Joe Spinell, Nadia Cassini
Year
1978
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
92 minutes

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