I am getting crazy not knowing the name of the movie.

I watched that movie either in the 80s or early 90s. I don't know the exact content of the movie. However what I recall is a group of three people - 2 male and one female. I thought the two guys were brothers. There was some kind of battle. The spaceship they had separated and divided into multiple small spaceships.

That's all I got :(

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    We're really going to need more than that - was it live-action? English/American or foreign language with subtitles? Do you know if it was much older than when you watched it?
    – HorusKol
    Apr 27, 2017 at 1:26
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    Is it possible that it was a tv show, rather than a movie? The 1998 Star Trek: Voyager episode "Message in a Bottle" features two male EMH (Emergency Medical Holograms) aboard the USS Prometheus, a prototype starship that can split into three smaller vessels. memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Message_in_a_Bottle_(episode)
    – Helbent IV
    Apr 27, 2017 at 3:08

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If we're talking about animation, then this could be:

Battle of the Planets (Japanese title Science Ninja Team Gatchaman)

A group of five people (I think all siblings) pilot individual craft that can merge into one.


If it's Japanese then it may well be "San Ku Kai"

Entry at Wikipedia:

Message from Space: Galactic Wars (宇宙からのメッセージ・銀河大戦 Uchū kara no Messēji: Ginga Taisen)

The model was basically serialized japanified "Star Wars" taking place in a remote solar system (Earth exists but is not directly reachable), with:

  • Hayato: a Skywalker guy, swept up in a war as his planet is invaded by the Evil Empire (see below).
  • Ryu: a Han Solo guy, with all the swashbuckling attributes.
  • Ape-Man Ballou: a Wookiee guy.
  • Tonto: a Robot guy.
  • Sofia: a Princess Lady, but not (directly) in distress as she sails space in an actual unarmed Three-Mast ship.
  • The Evil Empire: comes from afar like Japan coming into Manchuria, mercilessly exploits the peasants of the solar system and fields a Boss Antagonist with unique powers in each episode. The Top Boss is a mysterious creature driving a non-articulated gigantic golem.
  • Collapsible swords (no "light swords", but something like a sword made of T-1000 alloy)
  • Space Combat and hand-to-hand combat in abandoned quarries.
  • The Hero Spaceship: a donation by The Princess, it can launch two smaller combat ships to engage the enemy individually.

All of the above provided for hours of discussion in school. The daily bosses were quite traumatizing though.

Considering that Star Wars is an americanized Samurai Movie in Space, this kind of inter-cultural ping pong tickles my interest.


A weak connection but I'm reminded of the 1971 movie Silent Running. There is only a crew of 4 (plus robots). Lots of nuclear explosions and the bio-domes on the spacecraft do separate and can fly individually.

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Since there is not much to go on (we don't even know if it is cartoon or live action) it could be any number of films or even TV shows. My suggestion is Ulysses 31. With the exception of there being a father and son (rather than brothers), it matches. There are two males and one female and plenty of space battles

Here is the shuttle separation sequence:


If we're talking about animation, then this could be:

Thunderbirds 2086 (Japanese title Scientific Rescue Team Technoboyager)

Three (or maybe more) people (although not siblings) pilot individual craft that can merge into one.


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