Considered lost for over 30 years, the original 35mm print of the 1982 film “The Man Who Saves the World,” or better known to fans as the “Turkish Star Wars,” has been found. The print was discovered in a collection of a retired movie projectionist in northwestern Turkey, who kept the copy instead of returning it to the production company. After its original exhibition, he lied and said it had been damaged during projection.
The film was bought by Neon Harbor owner, filmmaker and film historian Ed Glaser, who is a big fan of the film.
“A 35mm print of ‘Turkish Star Wars’ is the holy grail,” said Glaser in a press release. “Not just of rip-off films, but all cult film. There are no negatives, and the few other prints of the film ever struck have been destroyed. My goal is to get this one scanned to preserve it for posterity — and hopefully screened in a theater for other fans like me.”
Its discovering is quite a triumph since it has not been seen in its original format since its release in Turkey.
The film is famous for stealing footage from “Star Wars” and music from various classic such as “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Flash Gordon,” “Moonraker,” and more. The story follows two space cadets who crash on a desert planet where an evil wizard seeks the ultimate power to take over the world. One of the most memorable scenes is where footage from the “Star Wars” Death Star battle is projected behind the starfighers. Since its release, “The Man Who Saves the World” has become a cult classic.
Watch a clip of the film below: