I saw a movie in the early 90's, it was sci-fi but I can't find the name.

Here are a few points I know for sure:

  1. It's VERY Star Wars like. Yes, the movie has lightsabers and laser guns, but it's almost like it's an episode from a Star Wars series because I'm 80% sure that I actually saw Darth Vader in the movie, and here's the scene with Darth Vader I remember the best:

    There is a hallway with a red carpet. Everything is beautiful and futuristic, like maybe the walls are golden, and there's a lot of guards all through the hall. They have their backs to the wall, they're not moving, and all of them are dressed the same way, all in red. I think they are holding a futuristic staff or some sort. Darth Vader passes between them as they are staring face-to-face, one next to each other, like soldiers.

  2. Another scene I remember is at the end of the movie/episode, someone who looks like Luke is fighting Vader on what seems to be a floating platform. And there's laser beams from guns coming everywhere as if they were battling in the middle of a war.

  3. Another scene that marked me, I remember seeing a creature imprisoned behind bars, and I think she is on the good side but at the same time she is horrible.

That's all I remember, but like I said I'm 100% sure it's linked somehow to Star Wars universe, and I would be so grateful guys if any one of you can help me on this!

Ok so it was not Yor, the Hunter from the Future. And I watched Masters of the Universe, and it's crazy how close it was; I mean I felt like maybe it was it. But after watching it, it was clear that it's not the movie I'm looking for, even though it's the closest so far I've seen.

There's a scene in my movie, where I remember clearly watching like jail bars, and the hands of some creature begging through it, idious hands if my memory is good.

And the final battle I'm 100% sure was with lightsabers, straight out of a Star Wars movie, and I know it may sound wack but I really think that the final battle on the black platform was looking like Vader.

Thanks for all the suggestions. It's really important still today for me to figure out what that movie was!

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    Are you entirely sure it's not one of the Star Wars films? empireonline.com/images/uploaded/…
    – Valorum
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 22:40
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    – Valorum
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 22:52
  • LOL, wow! That was terrible!
    – zer00ne
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 23:40
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    I think for #3 you might be remembering the sci-fi parody Galaxina, currently available on youtube here...see the scene starting at 15:10 where a prison guard visits a monster named "Rock Eater" in the brig (starts out dark but they turn the lights up at 15:25)--the character does sound like it was voiced by a woman. I haven't watched the whole thing, but jumping through it quickly I don't see scenes to match #1 and #2, could it be you're mixing up memories of different films, possibly including Richard's suggestion of Starcrash?
    – Hypnosifl
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 23:43
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    I paid actual money to see Galaxina in the theater when it came out. That's 95 minutes of my life I'd like to have back, please.
    – Joe L.
    Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 3:30

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It wasn't Flash Gordon was it? Any of these shots jog your memory?

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Could you be thinking of Masters of the Universe (the He-Man movie)? The film was released in 1987.

  1. In one of the opening scenes, Skeletor walks down the hall of Castle Greyskull with guards on either side of him. He is holding a staff that he strikes on the floor as he walks. (It is a very memorable scene)

  2. Near the end of the movie, He-Man battles Skeletor on top of a floating platform during the final battle.

  3. The Sorceress is the good character that Skeletor has imprisoned in the castle. He is stealing her power, and she gets older and more deformed as her power is stolen.

There are lots of lasers and other sci-fi weapons, exciting battles, etc. in this movie.

Skeletor in his throne room


He-Man, Man-At-Arms, Teela, and Gwildor

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    Good call! That matches up pretty nicely.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 17:38

It sounds like what your describing is the movie Spaceballs from 1987. You said you saw it in the early 90's so that would make sense. This movie is a parody of Star Wars. In this movie, there is a villain called Dark Helmet, who is supposed to represent Darth Vader and the character Captain Lone Starr who is kind of a like a mix between Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. They fight using lightsabers that come out of these rings called Schwartz rings (Schwartz is essentially the force which is channeled through a ring.) If someone wants to edit this to add videos of the described scenes feel free, I don't have the time to do so. Hope this helps.

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    Do you remember a horrible prisoner, probably female and good-aligned? That was one of the criteria mentioned by the OP.
    – Adamant
    Commented Sep 9, 2016 at 21:18
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    Unfortunately no, and based on some research I cant find anything that would suggest that particular part is in Spaceballs. I know there's a scene that resembles Alien in it, in where an Alien creature comes out of a guys stomach then precedes to tap dance, but thats all I can find.
    – Kyle Rone
    Commented Sep 9, 2016 at 21:43
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    You could be right: the prisoner would be Princess Vespa. She was a stereotypical "Jewish princess"; vain and nasty to talk to. However, she was not a creature and didn't beg through the bars.
    – gormadoc
    Commented May 28, 2019 at 21:30

A very early Star Wars rip-off was Yor: Hunter from the Future. It is a stretch, but it does have some Darth Vader clones and lots of laser weapons. It is pre-1990, so it fits the time frame. I acknowledge this is a stretch.


Could it be 'Star Crash'? No Darth Vader but definitely a Star Wars rip-off. However, this movie is from 1978 so it pre-dates you '90's' estimate. Also, featured in MST3K on Neflix.

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    Since it's one of the criteria people have been pointing out for other answers, is there a case with a horrific female prisoner begging through the bars?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Jun 21, 2021 at 18:07
  • and the best(?): its featuring "david hasselhoff" (known from knight rider).
    – codymanix
    Commented Jun 4, 2023 at 16:46

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