STARRING: Yanti Sommer, Gianni
Garko, Malisa Longo, Cristea Avram, Ennio Balbo, Roberto Dell'acqua, Aldo
Amoroso Pioso, Pino Ferrara, Filippo Perrone
1979, 103 Minutes, Directed by:
Description: A race of aliens is en route to Earth with the intent of
enslaving the human race. The world turns to a top scientist in the hope that he
and the team he puts together can come up with a plan to drive off the
extra-terrestrial invaders. Is there enough time for our hero and his companions
to prepare for a fight that will decide the fate of the entire planet? —
A spaghetti rip-off of
Star Wars made on a budget probably smaller than
your average old Doctor Who episode.
Star Odyssey mixes
elements from Star Wars (light sabres) with ideas from the radio
broadcast of Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the
Galaxy (a neurotic robot which committed suicide in a scrap metal yard
serves as the "comic relief") and then remixes it for four-year-olds.
An evil alien overlord who
wants to enslave the Earth’s inhabitants buys the planet at an intergalactic
auction. Of course Earth itself isn’t too happy about this and asks a dissident
scientist in a ridiculous Dr Strange-like costume to assemble a team to
fight the alien invasion. Their plan consists of . . . not doing much.
But all this actually makes
the movie sound more interesting than it really is. Star Odyssey (Italian
title: Sette uomini d'oro nello spazio) is probably one of the worst
movies ever made: dull, amateurish and juvenile are only a few more positive
adjectives that spring to mind. The only high point in the film is the creative
facial hair sported by one of the film’s heroes, which is guaranteed to raise a
chuckle . . .