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Deathsport (1978)

R  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi, Sport  |  April 1978 (USA)
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Futuristic Science Fiction about a sport to the death, using "destructocycles".

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Claudia Jennings ...
Deneer
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Ankar Moor
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Dr. Karl
Will Walker ...
Marcus Karl
David McLean ...
Lord Zirpola
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Polna
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Jailer
John Himes ...
Tritan President
Jim Galante ...
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Pete Cooper ...
Mr. Bakkar (as Peter Hooper)
Brenda Venus ...
Adriann
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Enforcer Sergeant
Chris Howell ...
Stateman Officer
Valerie Rae Clark ...
Dancer
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Futuristic Science Fiction about a sport to the death, using "destructocycles".

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In the year 3000 there'll be no more Olympic Games, World Series, or Superbowl. There'll be only... See more »

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Death Race 2050  »

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Original director Nicholas Niciphor, a.k.a. Henry Suso, was a USC film student who had made some excellent shorts. He had been in an agent's office pitching himself in order to get representation, when the agent called Roger Corman. As it turns out, Corman and others at New World had seen and enjoyed Niciphor's shorts and Niciphor subsequently got hired to do a re-write for and direct "Deathsport". See more »

Goofs

Kaz is seen wiping blood from his sword onto his cape, in the next shot there is no blood on his cape. See more »

Quotes

Ankar Moor: [to Kaz Oshay] As much as I would enjoy killing you here tonight, I will enjoy watching you die more in the Deathsport tomorrow.
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They just don't write 'em like that anymore
1 December 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Inexpensive sequel to "Death Race 2000" (1975), that bares little relation (both in content and quality) to the original. Gone is the camp dialogue and black humour - arrived is a painfully ear-splitting synthesiser score, pyrotechnic displays and banal screenplay. The only redemption that can be attributed to "Deathsport" is its cast and some of the action sequences. In a distant, post apocalyptic future, reticent hero David Carradine (no reprisal of his Frankenstein role here) competes in a motorcycle race that is actually a spectator sport. Having mashed a few brains beneath the wheels of his motorcycle, our cyborg hero develops a cult following much to the chagrin of the evil Ankar (Richard Lynch in fine form). Ankar considers himself the bigger enchilada, and sets out to annihilate Carradine and his flock.

Formula science fiction fare, with a just a hint of talent, courtesy of a capable cast and some light humour. Alongside the fearless Carradine is former Playboy playmate, Claudia Jennings, whose frequent disrobing more than compensates for her apparent lack of thespian skills. Sadly, this was to be her swansong. The three principals are ably assisted by veterans William Smithers (playing it straight, as always), and David MacLean (playing it up, as always).

"Deathsport" features some fluent action sequences and macabre special effects, but unlike its witty predecessor, the laughs are largely unintentional. When all the trailblazing is over and done, and Jennings has put her clothes back on, you can't help but feel short-changed. But then, as the credits disappear into the back of your TV set, the film's origins are revealed. You nod your head and forgive, because you understand. It's a New World Picture. They don't write 'em like that anymore ...


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