Galaxina

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Galaxina
Galaxina ver1.jpg
theatrical release poster
Directed byWilliam Sachs
Produced byMarilyn Jacobs Tenser
Written byWilliam Sachs
StarringStephen Macht
Avery Schreiber
James David Hinton
Dorothy Stratten
CinematographyDean Cundey
Editing byGeorge Berndt,
George Bowers
Distributed byCrown International Pictures
Release datesJune 6, 1980 (US)
Running time95 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
 
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Galaxina
Galaxina ver1.jpg
theatrical release poster
Directed byWilliam Sachs
Produced byMarilyn Jacobs Tenser
Written byWilliam Sachs
StarringStephen Macht
Avery Schreiber
James David Hinton
Dorothy Stratten
CinematographyDean Cundey
Editing byGeorge Berndt,
George Bowers
Distributed byCrown International Pictures
Release datesJune 6, 1980 (US)
Running time95 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Galaxina is a low-budget 1980 American comedy/science fiction film, best remembered for its lead actress, Playboy Playmate of the Year for 1980 Dorothy Stratten, who was murdered shortly after the movie's release.[1] Besides its homages to and parodies of science fiction mainstays Star Wars, Star Trek, and Alien,[2] this film also pokes fun at western movies. It won the Audience Award at the 1983 Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film.[3]

A film viewed by characters within the film is a clip from the 1960 Eastern bloc movie First Spaceship on Venus. The clip is used in the film due to the fact that it was also a Crown International Picture.

Plot[edit]

In the year 3008, the crew of the Intergalactic Space Police cruiser Infinity is on patrol duty in deep space. The ship is captained by the incompetent Cornelius Butt (Avery Schreiber) and his crewmen: his first officer, Sgt. Thor (Stephen Macht); pilot "space-cowboy" Pvt. Robert "Buzz" McHenry (J.D. Hinton); Maurice (Lionel Mark Smith), a black humanoid alien with pointy ears and bat wings; and Sam (Tad Horino), an Asian man who quotes Confucius. Also aboard is Galaxina (Dorothy Stratten), a voluptuous blonde android servant, and Rock-Eater, a rock-eating alien prisoner confined to the brig.

While the Infinity hides behind an asteroid, a suspicious looking bird-like ship flies by and Buzz decides to pursue it. They try to question the ship's pilot, a mysterious masked figure who rudely terminates communications. The two ships exchange laser fire but the bird-ship gets away. After the encounter, Galaxina serves a dinner of chicken-flavored food pills to Capt. Butt, Thor and Buzz. The three men are stunned by her beauty, and Buzz receives an electric shock when he touches her buttocks. Tired of the pill-food, Capt. Butt decides to eat an alien egg confiscated from a prisoner. The egg sickens him and he coughs up a baby alien creature that quickly scurries away.

Later, the crew receive orders to proceed to the prison planet Altair One to recover a priceless stolen gemstone called the "Blue Star"; every time the stone is mentioned, an invisible heavenly chorus is heard by the characters. The trip will take the Infinity 27 years to complete, requiring that the crew enter cryogenic sleep. Before doing so, they make a quick stop at an asteroid brothel.

Galaxina remains in charge of the ship while the crew are in stasis. While alone, she reprograms herself to become more human. She learns to talk and disables her electrical defense mechanism. She visits Thor's sleep chamber periodically, embracing it and telling the sleeping Thor that she loves him. Later, the baby alien visits Butt's chamber and tampers with the controls. When the crew awaken at their destination, Butt emerges from his pod an old man with shaggy gray hair.

Thor is seduced by Galaxina and he falls in love with her. Although she lacks the proper equipment to have sex, she assures Thor that these options can be ordered from the android catalog. Thor can only fantasize about Galaxina until they return home and get her upgrades.

The ship reaches Altair One and lands. Knowing that the local aliens are hostile to humans, Galaxina volunteers to go look for the Blue Star while the others stay on the ship. She walks into town and enters a "human restaurant", and discovers that this means the restaurant serves humans as food to alien creatures. There she finds Ordric, the masked figure the crew encountered earlier. Ordric possesses the Blue Star, and Galaxina attacks him. Galaxina discovers Ordric is a robot when she smashes his head open. Ordric is deactivated and Galaxina takes the Star.

As she flees the town, she is captured by a gang of bikers, descendants of the first settlers of Altair One. Their leader announces that he will sacrifice Galaxina to their deity "Harley-David-Son" and with the power of the Blue Star, he will take control of the universe.

Thor and Buzz, who have been looking for Galaxina, rescue her from the bikers and return to the ship. Ordric attacks and boards the Infinity as soon as they reach space. He takes back the Blue Star and confines everyone in the brig. The baby alien, now fully grown, sneaks onto the bridge and attacks Ordric. The creature, believing Butt to be its mother, goes to the brig and gives Butt the keys to the cell door.

The crew escapes the brig and rushes the bridge, finding that Ordric has been torn to pieces. While contemplating the reward they will receive for returning the Blue Star, they notice that Rock-Eater has eaten it.

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Notes

  1. ^ Brennan, Sandra. "Galaxina (1980)". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  2. ^ Schwartz, Carol et al (1997). VideoHound's Sci-Fi Experience. Visible Ink Press. ISBN 0-7876-0615-4. 
  3. ^ IMDB "Awards"

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