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Battlestar Galactica (1978)




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Carrying survivors from a distant planet, the spaceship Galactica attempts to reach Earth. Along the way, however, Galactica's crew must battle a legion of enemy robots. This science-fiction adventure was edited together from the first and fifth episodes of the television series of the same name.
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Television
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Lorne Greene
as Cmdr. Adama
Richard Hatch
as Capt. Apollo
Dirk Benedict
as Lt. Starbuck
Herb Jefferson Jr.
as Lt. Boomer
Lew Ayres
as Adar
Jane Seymour
as Serina
John Colicos
as Count Baltar
Laurette Spang
as Cassiopea
John Fink
as Dr. Page
Terry Carter
as Col. Tighe
Maren Jensen
as Athena
Tony Swartz
as Lt. Jolly
Ed Begley Jr.
as Ens. Greenbean
Randi Oakes
as Young Woman
Norman Stuart
as Statesman
David Greenan
as Bridge Officer
Sarah Rush
as Woman on Duty
David Matthau
as Operative
Chip Johnson
as Warrior
Paul Coufos
as Pilot
René Assa
as Gemon
Bruce Wright
as Deck Hand
Patrick Macnee
as Count Iblis
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Critic Reviews for Battlestar Galactica

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

Richard A. Colla directed, and Robert L. Kimble led the team of editors faced with the impossible task of carving a masterpiece out of a monstrosity. What they got is a monumental turkey - and just in time for Thanksgiving.

Full Review… | November 17, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

With strictly tele-standard acting, straightforward space opera plot, grandiose sentiment and slushy love interest, it's really only meat for genre fans.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Money shows, but pace and acting suffer.

February 24, 2008

A Star Wars clone for the boob tube crowd that never quite captured the imagination or originality that an ambitious sci-fi showcase should exude so effortlessly.

May 22, 2003
Movie Eye

High concept, low budget. Not looking forward to the SciFi channel 'reinterpretation'.

February 24, 2003

The plot is as old as it gets and merely serves to get a group of people aimlessly lost in space.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Battlestar Galactica


This is the film which started the classic TV series. In fact, it may have been better to leave it as a film, or film series, and not gone to TV, but that's just my opinion. I really liked this movie, it's exciting, fun, and a sometimes unintentionally very funny. It's not a fantastic movie, but I enjoy it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Just finished watching all 24 episodes of the original series. What a fun ride down memory lane. Was a great time.

John Manard
John Manard

Super Reviewer

This bored me to tears. I could never get into the movie or the television series. It had a superb theme song, great ships, awesome Cylons, and a neato robot dog, but the human characters were dull; I didn't like any of them. The insectoid Ovions were cool when they were cocooning the people in the basement of the casino.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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