Star Pilot

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Star Pilot (Italian: 2+5: Missione Hydra) is a 1966 Italian science-fiction film directed by Pietro Francisci. It stars Leonora Ruffo as Chaena, the commander of a spaceship from the constellation Hydra which has crashed on the island of Sardinia. read more

Star Pilot (Italian: 2+5: Missione Hydra) is a 1966 Italian science-fiction film directed by Pietro Francisci. It stars Leonora Ruffo as Chaena, the commander of a spaceship from the constellation Hydra which has crashed on the island of Sardinia. An Earth scientist and his companions are abducted by the aliens and forced to repair the ship, and are then taken to Hydra for the purpose of genetic research. Once in space, the film uses stock special-effects footage from Toho Studio's films Invasion of Astro-Monster and Gorath to depict a pursuit of Chaena's ship and an ecological catastrophe on Earth. References to "Star Fleet", "Star Fleet Command", "Warp Speed", and "Impulse Drive", were all incorporated into the "Star Trek" television series that followed immediately thereafter. The wardrobe worn by actresses Leonora Ruffo (1935-2007) and Leontine May was a less direct influence.‹See TfD› In the fall of 1977, to quickly capitalize on the public's fervor for sci-fi movies following the unexpected success of Star Wars, the film was dubbed in English and released in the United States under a new title.

Original Release

10/02/1966

US Release

10/01/1977

Cast

Leonora Ruffo Kaena
Mario Novelli Ingegner Paolo Bardi (as Anthony Freeman) / Ingegner Paolo Bardi
Roland LeSaffre Prof. Solmi
Kirk Morris Belsy
Gordon Mitchell Murdu
Alfio Caltabiano Artie
Leontine Snell Luisa Solmi
Nando Angelini Ingegner Morelli
Giovanni De Angelis Giulio
Mirella Pamphili (as Mirella Panfili) (credit only)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Pietro Francisci

Writers

Pietro Francisci, Ian Danby, Fernando Paolo Girolami

Cast

Leonora Ruffo Kaena
Mario Novelli Ingegner Paolo Bardi (as Anthony Freeman) / Ingegner Paolo Bardi
Roland LeSaffre Prof. Solmi
Kirk Morris Belsy
Gordon Mitchell Murdu
Alfio Caltabiano Artie
Leontine Snell Luisa Solmi
Nando Angelini Ingegner Morelli
Giovanni De Angelis Giulio
Mirella Pamphili (as Mirella Panfili) (credit only)
John Sun Dr. Chang
Antonio Ho Chinese Secret Agent
John Chen Chinese Secret Agent
Pietro Francisci Self
Renato Montalbano The Doctor at the Casualty Department
Gianni Solaro The Director of the Research Institute

Producers

Editors

Pietro Francisci

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