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Battlestar Galactica (1978)

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After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet in a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth.

Directors:

Richard A. Colla, Alan J. Levi (uncredited)

Writer:

Glen A. Larson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Hatch ... Captain Apollo
Dirk Benedict ... Lieutenant Starbuck
Lorne Greene ... Commander Adama
Herbert Jefferson Jr. ... Lieutenant Boomer
Maren Jensen ... Lieutenant Athena
Tony Swartz Tony Swartz ... Flight Sergeant Jolly
Noah Hathaway ... Boxey
Terry Carter ... Colonel Tigh
Lew Ayres ... President Adar
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Sire Anton
John Colicos ... Count Baltar
Laurette Spang ... Cassiopeia
John Fink ... Dr. Paye
Jane Seymour ... Serina
Ray Milland ... Sire Uri
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Storyline

The story of how the Twelve Colonies of Mankind are destroyed after 1,000 years of war with the evil Cylon Empire. Through deceit, the Cylons are able to destroy the Colonies' entire fleet, except for the Battlestar Galactica, captained by Commander Adama. Adama gathers up the few remaining humans left on all the twelve worlds and embarks on a journey to find the mythical planet Earth, the supposed thirteenth colony, lost millennia ago when humans first left the motherworld Kobol. With food and fuel running out, the fleet heads for a mineral planet, Carillon, hoping to get what they need. The Ovions, who populate the planet, are being controlled by the Cylons, who set a trap for the Galactica. Under a clever ruse, Adama convinces the Cylons that his pilots are on the surface at a banquet, while the real pilots are at full combat readiness. The fleet gets their food and fuel, and escapes, destroying Carillon and a Cylon Baseship hiding behind the planet. Written by BSG Mailing List <bsg@csonline.com>

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They were searching for a star called Earth, but first they had to win a great war. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kampfstern Galactica See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (Ontario) | (Québec) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Sensurround (theatrical print)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although Cassiopea was a female escort in the pilot movie, she was never identified as such. The euphemism "socialator" was used (in the Battlestar Galactica universe, a socialator is defined as a female who is proficient in the arts of music, dance, and entertainment, and trained to engage in conversation on a variety of subjects). See more »

Goofs

Just after Apollo and Zac are attacked by Cylon Raiders, Apollo asks Zac how many fighters he can make out. Zac looks at his scanner and says, "Four." The scanner shows five even though there are actually only four fighters behind them. See more »

Quotes

President Adar: Baltar, my friend, this armistice conference would not have been possible with your tireless work. You have secured for yourself a place in the history books.
Count Baltar: [smiling humbly] That the Cylons chose me as their liason to the Quorum of the Twelve was an act of... providence, not skill.
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Alternate Versions

There are two versions of this film: A stand-alone TV movie, and a pilot/first episode of a series. In the stand-alone version, Count Baltar is executed halfway through. This version was actually released theatrically first in Canada before the TV version aired in the United States. It was eventually released to theatres worldwide (including the United States). When it became apparent that the series would in fact be made, an alternate ending and version of Baltar's execution scene was filmed. In the series version, Count Baltar is held for public execution instead of being beheaded at once. When the Cylon Imperious Leader who ordered his execution is killed in the explosion of the planet Carillon, his successor orders Baltar's release so Baltar can command the Cylon Basestar that will chase the human refugees throughout the series. All this information is given in an "Epilogue" tacked on at the film's ending. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Discussing the Pod (2013) See more »

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watch it again for the first time
16 March 2000 | by gsawyerSee all my reviews

for over 20 years poeple have slammed BSG for not being as good as star wars.......excuse me? but sci fi series is. QUIT SLAMMING IT AND WATCH IT AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME.what you'll discover is a wonderful tale about tragedy,exodus,survival,conflict,strategy,and even romance.you'll find a group of people who are forced to draw a line in the stars and fight back when all odds are agianst them . the story is actually better than star wars. and maybe even better acted than star wars. what it fails to do is capture your immagination the way star wars did. the specail effects hold up even by todays standard. i'm going out on a limb to say that the 2 1/2 hour pilot movie is arguably the best space opera ever behind the star wars trilogy.if you love great looking space battles,good special effects, and a great story. this film is a must see.you owe it to yourself to own a copy of this movie. it is a classic treat your gonna wanna see over and over and over...and just like star wars you'll never get tired of it


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