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What are some of the best Star Wars rip-off movies?

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asked Feb 3, 2016 in Movies/TV by anonymous
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Spaceballs was a parody of several different movies, but the Star Wars influence was deep and throughout the movie, down to a mock Darth Vader and a 'lightsaber' movie that was downright adolescent. In the end though, I do think Spaceballs wound up being an all-time comedy classic in its own right.

Given the resurrection of the Star Wars franchise, there are rumors and rumblings of a long-anticipated Spaceballs sequel finally coming out.


answered Feb 3, 2016 by Topher (27,830 points)
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That depends on your definition of rip-off. If you you mean parody than Spaceballs is without doubt on the top of the list.


However, if you mean movies that take the general premise and/or style and attempt to cash in on the Star Wars wave, there are a few notables. In no particular order, here are a few movies that attempted to make a few bucks by following and appealing to the Star Wars crowd. I include in this list the good ones, that actually are entertaining to watch and are worthy of mentioning. 


There are a lot of really terrible rip-off films out there, but we'll leave those for another list.


Star Trek: The Motion Picture


While not a direct imitation, the success of the Star Wars brought the TV series back to attention of the producers and the film was rushed into production in order to ride the Star Wars wave.






While essentially a fantasy movie, it is surprising to see that the movie included laser fights, weird alien monsters and sword-fights that remind a lot of lightsaber fights.





Battle Beyond The Stars


Rip-off king Roger Corman produced several movies actually in the wake of Star Wars, most notably this one. It is essentially a space-version of The Magnificent Seven, which in turn is a western-version of Seven Samurai.





The Black Hole


Disney scrambled to find their own space opera adventure, and this one became it. As such it is not a bad movie and surprising dark and violent for a Disney flick. And the robot-sidekicks are more Disney than anything else.






This is without doubt the most obvious rip-off, as it takes several elements from Star Wars and revamps them, such as lightsabers for example and even the Death Star (although one may argue it's actually a Planet Killer). There is however the added bonus that it is an Italian movie, the lead is a hot chick and it's got David Hasselhoff in it. I repeat, The Hoff is in it.




Saturn 3


A nude 63-year old Kirk Douglas and a scantily-clad Farrah Fawcett. And a robot. 'Nuff said.

answered Feb 3, 2016 by AlecCorday (5,810 points)
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Message From Space was a 1978 SF movie from Japan that clearly was heavily influenced by Star Wars. There is an evil Empire, adorable robots, and lots of space battles and laser guns.


The movie stars Vic Morrow and Sonny Chiba and has a certain bizarre charm to it. It's not just a rip-off of Star Wars, but I wouldn't say it is really a success on its own terms.




answered Feb 4, 2016 by Mark Wink (13,830 points)

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