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Dark Star

Rating:G
Genre:Comedy, SciFi/Fantasy
Release Date:April 1, 1974
Running time:83 minutes
Cast:Brian Narelle, Cal Kuniholm, Dre Pahich, Dan O'Bannon, Miles Watkins
Director:John Carpenter
Producer:John Carpenter
Writer:John Carpenter, Dan O'Bannon
Distributor:Jack H. Harris Enterprises Inc

Description: The directorial debut of horrormeister John Carpenter comes in the way of Dark Star a parody of Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, 2001--A Space Odyssey. The story follows four hippyish techno-nerds in their mission through deep space to destroy planets and ward off boredom and loneliness as they attempt to hold on to what little they can remember of Earth. When their weapons system malfunctions, they are forced to deal with a smart bomb trapped in the launching mechanism, and the acting captain (Dan O'Bannon) must debate phenomenology with the device in order to dissuade it from destroying them all. The film also features an imaginative and amusing struggle between a crew member (Dre Pahich) and an inflatable alien he attempts to keep as a pet, a long reflection on the virtues of surfing, a series of personality struggles, and a cryogenically-frozen captain whose brain is preserved on computer for the purpose of consultation.~ Jeremy Beday, All Movie Guide

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