This is a movie I remember watching as a kid—it might be one of the first movies I saw in a theater by myself, during the summer, probably using one of those summer passes. So I'm placing it late 70s early 80s. Other movies I may have seen around that time might have been Candle Shoe—but that might not be accurate.

The key visual I remember is one of the space ships was shaped like a hand. And the hand changed shape when it went into battle.

When a group of space ships traveled together, they moved like roller coaster cars all inline and on a track.

Edit: I assume this was an American film as its not likely I saw a foreign film as kid in a USA small southern town, none the less.

  • While it seems likely that @mwarren answer is correct, more details (where you saw the movie and in what language, for instance) would make this a better question.
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Commented Sep 16, 2022 at 14:35
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    Added some location details.
    – tatmanblue
    Commented Sep 16, 2022 at 15:30

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This could be Starcrash (1978), it's an Italian film and does include a hand shaped space ship. A picture of the hand shaped ship is at IMDB.

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    Some of the space scenes do look familiar. And I scrolled some of the other pictures...the shot where the younger guy is 'holding' green energy in his hand convinced me. I'm pretty sure that was the movie. thank you.
    – tatmanblue
    Commented Sep 16, 2022 at 15:29
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    That hand-shaped ship looks like it was made out of LEGO.
    – FreeMan
    Commented Sep 16, 2022 at 16:32

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