Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (The Man Who Saves the World) is a 1982 Turkish-made cult film commonly known as Turkish Star Wars because of its notorious use of unauthorized Star Wars footage worked into the film.
The film follows the adventures of two comrades, Murat (Arkın) and Ali (Akkaya), whose ships crash on a desert planet following a space battle that is made up of footage from the actual Star Wars films as well as newsreel clips of both Soviet and American space rockets. While in the desert one of them says that perhaps it is a planet only populated by women, so the other man begins to do his whistle which he uses to attract women. However, he uses the wrong whistle, and they are then assaulted by skeletons on horseback. The pair then proceed to defeat the skeletons in hand-to-hand combat. The film’s main villain then soon shows up and captures the heroes, bringing them to fight in his gladiatorial arena. The villain mentions that he was actually from Earth and is in reality a 1,000 year old wizard. He tries to defeat the Earth, but his attacks are always repelled by a shield of concentrated human brain molecules arranged to look like the Death Star from Star Wars. The only way for him to bypass this otherwise impenetrable defense is to use a human brain to bring it down. The protagonists escape their captors and flee to a cave full of refugees who fled from the tyrannical rule of the villain. While there, Murat develops a romantic connection with the only woman there (Uçar), who is tasked with looking after the children (the connection is depicted by many deep eye-contacts and nothing more than that). The scenes in which they are together often play music from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Zombie minions of the dark lord soon attack the cave, and several of the children killed and turn into zombies themselves. The three protagonists then flee the cave. Resurfacing at a local bar lifted directly from Star Wars (the Mos Eisley Cantina), the two men quickly manage to find themselves in a bar brawl that attracts the attention of the main villain who suddenly appears and captures Ali and Murat. —wikipedia
Çetin İnanç is a Turkish film director who has directed movies for the past five decades. Born in Ankara in 1941, Inanç spent his youth pursuing a career in Law. He later abandoned his career in law. He began his cinema career as the assistant of well-known Turkish director Atıf Yılmaz. In 1967 he made his first movie Çelik Bilek based on an Italian comics character. He quickly moved into the niche market of producing erotica, but was dissuaded from that path as military took over in Turkey and passed several censorship laws against adult movies. His next venture was action movies, including his most famous work Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam, a low-budget space saga infamously dubbed the “Turkish Star Wars”.
Today, Çetin İnanç continues to direct, although his passion has since been funneled into Turkish television programmes likes Çılgın Bediş and the more recent Karaoğlan.
He was nicknamed as “jet director” in Turkish cinema circles since he shot most of his films in around… read more