Created in the wake of the huge success of Star Wars, Luigi Cozzi's 1978 film Starcrash is a low budget sci-fi saga that borrows from earlier genre movies but for me still succeeds as a highly entertaining popcorn flick.
As space smuggler Stella Star, Caroline Munro gets involved with a mission to destroy Count Zarth Arn's (Joe Spinell) planet sized super weapon before it can be used. There's a bit more to it but that encapsulates the story. Other familiar faces include: Christopher Plummer, Marjoe Gortner, David Hasselhoff, and the hulking, bald Robert Tessier.
The film moves quickly and throws all sorts of effects at the viewer with the stop motion and miniatures both endearingly effective in spite of the budget constraints. The skimpy ensembles worn by Caroline Munro offer additional visual excitement.