“Turkish Star Wars”, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam, The Man Who Saved the World, whatever you call it, the crap remains the same. Wikipedia says “many have considered it to be one of the worst films ever made” and they didn’t even put “” after that claim. It’s just that bad. (In other news, Wikipedia has a “List of films considered the worst” so there goes my weekend.)
The 1982 film has been notoriously hard to find because it filled the gaps in its budget by illegally using footage from Star Wars and newsreel clips from the U.S. and Soviet space programs, as well as stealing music from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Flash Gordon, and Moonraker. Due to the rampant theft, low budget, and general ham-handedness of the production, full copies of the film were believed to be lost to the great sarlacc pit of history. But a full 35mm print has just been recovered.
Back in 1982, a projectionist took home the film reels after the theatrical run in Turkey ended, telling the production company the reels had been damaged. That copy has now been found, and film historian Ed Glaser tells Neon Harbor he plans to scan and preserve it. He’d even like to screen it in a theater, but that could definitely raise some legal issues. Man, that would be fun to heckle with a crowd, though.