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Hardware Wars1980

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  • 3.5
Follow the adventures of Fluke Starbucker, Arty Deco, Ham Salad and the rest of the Red Eye Knights in this spectacle that was light years ahead of it's time.

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“You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll kiss three bucks goodbye!” (hard to believe now, but that’s about what you paid to go to the movies in 1977) George Lucas may have inspired a generation of kids to dream of becoming filmmakers, but Ernie Fosselius showed those kids how to do it. No need for fancy hyperspace-special effects; Just grab Dad’s Kodak Super-8, scour the garage for props and head to the backyard. Lights, camera, action!

Inventive and wacky, “Hardware Wars” is a MAD Magazine parody in 16 mm. Potrzebie! And whatever became of Ernie Fosselius? He worked as a professional sound editor such movies as “Spaceballs,” and appeared in “Return of the Jedi.” Hey Fandor, bring on "Porklips Now"!

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“You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll kiss three bucks goodbye!” (hard to believe now, but that’s about what you paid to go to the movies in 1977) George Lucas may have inspired a generation of kids to dream of becoming filmmakers, but Ernie Fosselius showed those kids how to do it. No need for fancy hyperspace-special effects; Just grab Dad’s Kodak Super-8, scour the garage for props and head to the backyard. Lights, camera, action!

Inventive and wacky, “Hardware Wars” is a MAD Magazine parody in 16 mm. Potrzebie! And whatever became of Ernie Fosselius? He worked as a professional sound editor such movies as “Spaceballs,” and appeared in “Return of the Jedi.” Hey Fandor, bring on "Porklips Now"!

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This is certainly no Spaceballs (and really, what is), but it is a mildly amusing Star Wars parody containing a lot of household appliances. Some cool sound and light bits as well.

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One of the first parodies I remember seeing as a kid. Still funny if a little silly.

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Brings back many great memories, I saw this more than twenty years ago. Just good, dumb fun. The best part is when Princess cannot understand Darth Nader - it sounds like Julie Brown.

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Thanks for putting this among your films. I saw it at the Roxie Theatre in S.F. when it was fairly new & never forgot it. Great fun!

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Amusing, but not as wonderful as I remembered from a long time ago. I wish you had Porklips Now.

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Hysterical! Saw this 30 years ago and it still holds up!

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A classic of spoof cinema. I can remember HBO showing this as filler in the early 80s. Loved it then and now.

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"Hardware Wars" can be seen all over the net, but it's nice to see it recognized with a spot on Fandor. This is the first film parody I can remember seeing (on 16mm film in a church basement, if I recall correctly). It's uncannily like a Mad Magazine version of "Star Wars" -- every character an outrageous caricature, throwaway gag after throwaway gag -- put on film.

A loving mockery of George Lucas' classic Star Wars, some of these ideas would resurface years later in Mel Brooks' Spaceballs. The humor here isn't sophisticated; it relishes in keeping the bar low and putting for minimal effort to reach it. However, the humor is quite intelligent, mocking not only burgeoning sci-fi that would come to shape the 80s, but its pulp precursors as well.

This film fabulously looks like it was filmed on a budget that matches the cost of admission.

A smart little parody on Star Wars. Inventive in the way it reuses lines and in it's guerrilla style. There's a lot of makeshift stuff in this film but it works out for the better! May the Farce be with you!

I can't believe Fandor has this, but I guess that's true about a lot of films. It's one of those things your buddy gets on a tape of a tape of a tape from a guy on the AV squad in high school.

Hysterical!

It's a really great little spoof. A giggle-inducer.

it was different

Kiss three bucks goodbye

one of the best STAR WARS parodies ever....

Um. Nice try?

It's a great poke in the eye at Star Wars. Just great. Everyone should have their own copy to watch before you sit down and watch all 6 chapters of the movie.

Hell, I can remember it when it came out. I am getting too effing old.

Still as good as I remember it.

My teachers in elementary would show Hardware Wars projected on a screen after lunch. That was high tech $#!t in those days!! And it's still as mildly amusing as ever. I totally forgot they got Paul Frees to narrate.