Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam, known in English as The Man who Saved the World, is a Turkish cult sci-fi classic that was released in 1982. Many geeks everywhere had given the film its most common nickname, "Turkish Star Wars". Why is that so? It is because the film literally (and illegally) used footage from the first Star Wars film that was released in 1977. It also stole footage from American and Soviet space launch newsreels, including music from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Moonraker (James Bond's science fiction movie), Flash Gordon, Ben-Hur, Moses, Disney's Black Hole, Planet of the Apes, Moses, Silent Running, and even a variant of the Battlestar Galactica theme that was done by German electronic musician Giorgio Moroder (note that one scene used Toccata by Johann Sebastian Bach).
The film was considered to be a knock-off of Star Wars by many, and there were Turkish knock-offs of Spider-Man (also featuring Captain America), Superman, and Star Trek. How is that possible? It is because of a lack of Western (particularly American) films in Turkey, as the result of a political coup d'etat.
Turkish Star Wars is centered around two space fighters named Murat (played by Cüneyt Arkın) and Ali (played by Aytekin Akkaya) who crash on a desert planet after a space battle that uses illegal Star Wars space battle footage and the Soviet/American space launch clips. They soon learn of an evil wizard who destroyed the Earth about three times (really!), and is planning to destory it again (spoiler alert: he blows it up two more times!). Murat goes on a quest to destory the wizard using martial arts combat and weapons such as a mythical golden sword that was made from a melted mountain.
The film was popular in Turkey, but outside the country, it was one of the absolutely worst films ever made due to its poor acting, unusual story line, bad special effects, and illegal use of footage and music from other films. However, as a Star Wars fan, I thought it was a good film; it can be a lesson to be learned about intellectual property/copyright laws.
Now, should Turkish Star Wars have a remake?
Many geeks might give a big "NO!" as an answer, but Turkish filmmakers should try, this time using CGI and really good special effects.