ByTré Roland-Martin, writer at Creators.co
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Tré Roland-Martin

When George Lucas unleashed Star Wars in 1977, it gave rise to a few imitations/mockbusters, and these included the Italian-made Star Crash (1978), which starred David Hasselhoff, and Roger Corman's 1980 cult classic Battle Beyond the Stars. Surprisingly, Star Wars was not able to reach audiences in the country of Turkey, and this might be due to both (A) difficulty finding Turkish audiences, and (B) the September 12, 1980 coup d'état of the Turkish government.

In 1982, a Turkish film distributor named Anıt Ticaret, whose name literally means Monuments of Commerce, unleashed a mockbuster that would become an immense cult classic. The film was known as Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam, whose name translates to English as The Man who Saved the World. The film is popularly known by its unofficial title: Turkish Star Wars. Unfortunately, the spaceships on the poster don't actually appear in the movie, although they both closely resemble an X-Wing and the Millenium Falcon.

The film was directed by Çetin İnanç, a prolific Turkish filmmaker, and it also starred legendary Turkish actor and martial artist Cüneyt Arkın, who also wrote the script for the film. Both Arkın and Aytekin Akkaya, another famous Turkish actor, both played the leading heroes. Akkaya also played Captain America in the 1973 cult film 3 Dev Adam (3 Giant Men), which also featured Spider-Man and Mexican wrestler El Santo (it was just an actor playing El Santo; El Santo didn't actually appear in the movie).

The film was known as Turkish Star Wars because of mostly one reason: it literally incorporated unauthorized footage from the 1977 Star Wars into the film. The scenes primarily used were that of the famous Death Star trench run scene, and there were multiple fillers of parts of the scene, too!

Not Luke Skywalker!
Not Luke Skywalker!
Not Ming from Flash Gordon!
Not Ming from Flash Gordon!

The film also uses Soviet/American space launch footage from the 50's/60's, as well as incorporating elements of which I believe includes Raiders of the Lost Ark, the 1980 Flash Gordon movie, Battlestar Galactica, Zardoz, Forbidden Planet, and Moses, which I believe some footage from the film (at the near-end of the movie) were used for the movie (I've seen Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam a couple of times). For example, the main villain in Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam almost resembles Ming from the 1980 Flash Gordon movie, while his guards resemble the Cylons from Battlestar Galactica, and all in a while, a weird-looking robot almost resembles Robbie the Robot from Forbidden Planet.

Not Robbie the Robot!
Not Robbie the Robot!

If the film was translated into English, it would've made a great episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, considering how much of a following the movie had. So far, George Lucas nor his associates have not filed lawsuits nor sent cease-and-desist letters against the creators of Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam.

The film also stole the soundtracks from various films, such as the 1980 Flash Gordon movie (Ming's laugh was also stolen for use on the evil wizard in the movie, too), Planet of the Apes, Moses, and Disney's Black Hole. The film also includes Giorgio Moroder's disco version of the Battlestar Galactica theme, as well as Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata.

Nevertheless, it was heavily panned by critics, mostly for its cheesy script, hammy acting, and use of stolen footage and music from other films. However, the film gained such an immense cult following that in 2006, a sequel was made, this time using higher-budgeted special effects such as CGI, and it also incorporates elements of the modern Battlestar Galactica TV series. Cüneyt Arkın also returned to star in the movie, too.

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