Cinema: Heavenly Bodies

DARK STAR Directed by JOHN CARPENTER Screenplay by JOHN CARPENTER and DANO'BANNON

Having been abroad in space for 20 years, the explorers aboard the ship Dark Star are off their respective nuts. They mutter to one another, yell at the talking computer, spend hours—even days—gazing out of the ship's bubble-top lookout post, swacked on the enormousness of the universe.

The mission of the Dark Star, in the middle of the next century, is to blaze the way for space colonists who will follow. The crew accomplishes this mostly by destroying dangerously "unstable"...

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