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Damnation Alley (1977)

PG | | Sci-Fi | 21 October 1977 (USA)
In a post-apocalyptic world, a group of survivors travel and find other settlements in huge custom designed all terrain vehicles.

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Maj. Eugene Denton
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Janice
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Keegan
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Billy
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Lt. Tom Perry
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Seamon Glass ...
Mountain Man #2
Trent Dolan ...
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Haskins
Robert Hackman ...
Colonel (as Bob Hackman)
Erik Cord ...
Burning Man
Terence Locke ...
Air Policeman (as Terrence Locke)
Marcia Holley ...
Gloria
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A small group of survivors at a military installation who survived World War 3 attempt to drive across the desolate wasteland to where they hope more survivors are living. Hopefully their specially built vehicles will protect them against the freakish weather mutated plant and animal life and other dangers along the way. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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$17,000,000 (estimated)
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The "Landmaster" later had a cameo in Chris Elliott's sitcom Get a Life (1990) in which it was an automatic newspaper-delivering machine (called the Paperboy 2000) that, of course, went haywire. See more »

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As the blue sky was often used to 'key' the optical effects for much of the film, when the camera panned or moved upwards, it resulted in the special effects moving with the camera and/or revealing clear blue sky elsewhere in the shot. See more »

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Tanner: [the Landmaster refugees are being waylaid by the "Mountain Men" in the desert] How long have you men been here?
Man: Since everything went to hell.
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Referenced in The Wizard of Speed and Time (1988) See more »

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"Better do things my way or you're going to walk".
21 January 2012 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

A film I wanted to like, but I was left feeling quite indifferent. This adaptation of Roger Zelazny's novel turns out to be a junky, often exaggerated piece of cheap post-apocalyptic drive-in schlock that pales alongside its inspiration. The problem mainly lied with it lack of plot episodes within this road movie through a dangerous landscape and the ones they went with were quite flat and half-baked (obviously outside the killer cockroaches segment). In some aspects its budget couldn't entirely match its vision. What made the feature though were its steady performances (Paul Winfield is always a delight) and of course how can you pass on that vehicle --- "The Landmaster". Where can I buy me one of those? George Peppard and Jan Michael Vincent lead the cast, as two U.S Air force soldiers who survive a nuclear holocaust caused by WW3, causing the earth to tilt on its axis creating freak weather patterns (storms, floods) and mutated insects. So a small crew head out in two armoured vehicles through radiation affected areas known as "Damnation Alley" in their journey for survivors and a safe area. Also coming for a ride are Dominique Sanda, Kip Niven and a young Jackie Earle Haley who's pretty good at chucking stones. The special effects that are projected are chintzy with some blotchy optical effects. While limited, it has its moments, but I wished a little more did happen and that ending couldn't be any more sickening (, in a suger-coated sense).

"Nothing good happens by itself."


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