The farmers of the peaceful planet Akir, are threatened by the space tyrant Sador. A local boy named Shad sets out to recruit a band of mercenaries to fight Sador. Rebels. Outlaws. Mercenaries. Seven magnificent warriors join to fight the Battle Beyond the Stars.

Battle Beyond the Stars

The story is a pastiche of Akira Kurosawa’s film Seven Samurai and its western remake, The Magnificent Seven. This band includes Gelt, played by Robert Vaughn essentially reprises his role from The Magnificent Seven, and George Peppard as a space cowboy.

The special effects were designed by James Cameron (Aliens, Avatar), and reused in several other Roger Corman works (Space Raiders, Starquest II, Dead Space, and Forbidden World to name a few).

The Smoking Gun

Battle Beyond the Stars was literally written as The Magnificent Seven in Spaaace.