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Frances Doel (story)
Nicholas Niciphor (screenplay)
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Release Date:
April 1978 (USA) See more »
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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Carradine ... Kaz Oshay
Claudia Jennings ... Deneer

Richard Lynch ... Ankar Moor

William Smithers ... Dr. Karl
Will Walker ... Marcus Karl
David McLean ... Lord Zirpola

Jesse Vint ... Polna

H.B. Haggerty ... Jailer
John Himes ... Tritan President
Jim Galante ... Tritan Guard
Pete Cooper ... Mr. Bakkar (as Peter Hooper)
Brenda Venus ... Adriann

Gene Hartline ... Enforcer Sergeant
Chris Howell ... Stateman Officer
Valerie Rae Clark ... Dancer
Archie Freeman ... Mutant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Russ Dvonch ... Mutant (uncredited)
Ron Gans ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Paul Kimatian ... Range Warrior (uncredited)

Linnea Quigley ... Courtesan (uncredited)
Richard Whitley ... Mutant (uncredited)

Directed by
Allan Arkush 
Nicholas Niciphor  (as Henry Suso)
Roger Corman (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frances Doel  story
Nicholas Niciphor  screenplay (as Henry Suso)
Donald Stewart  screenplay

Produced by
Roger Corman .... producer
Original Music by
Andy Stein  (as Andrew Stein)
Cinematography by
Gary Graver 
Film Editing by
Larry Bock 
Art Direction by
Sharon Compton 
Makeup Department
Molly Martin .... makeup artist
Production Management
Paul Kimatian .... unit manager
Richard T. Schor .... production manager (as Richard Schor)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Burnett .... assistant director
Tom Jacobson .... assistant director
Art Department
R. Bruce Steinheimer .... set dresser (as Bruce Steinheimer)
Sound Department
Richard L. Anderson .... sound editor (as Richard Anderson)
Stephen Hunter Flick .... sound effects editor
Paul Hunt .... sound
David Lewis Yewdall .... sound editor (as David Yewdall)
Special Effects by
Roger George .... explosives
Ben Haller .... special lighting effects
Visual Effects by
Phil Huff .... opticals: special photographic effects, titles and opticals (as Philip Huff)
Darrell Huston .... lineup: special photographic effects, titles and opticals
Jack Rabin .... mattes: special photographic effects, titles and opticals
Hank Stockert .... camera: special photographic effects, titles and opticals
Art Barda .... stunt rider
David Eakins .... stunt rider
David R. Ellis .... stunt rider (as David Ellis)
Debbie Evans .... motorcycle stunts (as Debbi Evans)
Bobby Ferro .... stunt rider
Gene Hartline .... stunt coordinator
John Hateley .... stunt rider
Chris Howell .... stunt rider
Michael M. Vendrell .... stunt performer
Robert Winters .... stunt rider
Harry Wowchuk .... stunt consultant
Jonathan Pendragon .... stunt double: Richard Lynch (uncredited)
Greg Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bollinger .... assistant camera
Steve Eichenlaub .... assistant camera
Paul Hunt .... additional cinematographer
William Duney Paul .... grip (as William Dunney Paul)
Harvey Rubin .... assistant camera
Gary Strange .... grip
R. Michael Stringer .... gaffer (as Michael Stringer)
Gil Valle .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jane Ruhm .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Allan Arkush .... associate editor
Steve Grossman .... assistant editor
Patricia Lee .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jerry Garcia .... musician: guitar
'Blue' Gene Tyranny .... musician: synthesizer
Other crew
Laurie Cohn .... production assistant
Carol Depace .... production assistant (as Carole Depace)
Russ Dvonch .... production assistant
George 'Fully' Fullwood .... choreographer (as George Fullwood)
Janine Green .... script supervisor
Sandy King .... script supervisor
Steven Kovacs .... assistant to producer
Lou Levy .... production assistant
Linda Pearl .... production assistant
Caren Singer .... assistant to producer
Kathryn Zatarga .... production assistant (as Kathy Zatarga)
Bob Ziembicki .... production assistant

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82 min
Color (Metrocolor)
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The second nude dance sequence in the film was filmed in a jam & jelly factory where various lights would get strung up.See more »
Continuity: When the prisoners escape on the Death Machines, Polna's group includes a sidecar when leaving the Deathsport Arena. When you next see his group in the stream none of the Death Machines has a sidecar.See more »
Kaz Oshay:Taste my blade!See more »
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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Farewell Grasshopper..., 9 June 2009
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

"Deathsport" is one of those films that have been lying on my DVD-shelf unwatched since years already because, quite frankly, it always looked like a really stupid movie and I have to be in a rare and specific mood to enjoy really stupid movies. But right now I was in urgent need of a movie starring David Carradine and this was the only one within reach. Come to think of it, I ought to have selected a much better movie for my tribute to this terrific cult/action cinema legend that sadly passed away this week (3rd of June 2009). "Deathsport" is a prototypic Roger Corman product from the late 70's. Obviously cheap and rapidly put together in order to further cash in on the unexpected but giant success of the previous "Death Race 2000"; also starring Carradine and also set in a crazed futuristic setting. But apart from this handful of superficial elements (also including the similar title), there's actually no real connection between "Death Race" and "Deathsport". This is merely an attempt to imitate "Star Wars", with a lot of cheesy light-and-laser weaponry, and an unintentional predecessor to post-apocalyptic gladiator movies that became particularly popular during the 80's. In a very distant future, practically the entire world has been destroyed due to nuclear warfare. Only a few big cities are left, surrounded by endless wastelands where cannibalistic mutants are continuously on the prowl. Life inside the big city isn't that much better, though, as Lord Zirpola is slowly going bonkers through brain disease and becomes increasingly obsessed with "Deathsport". This is a Roman-type of arena battle and Zirpola ordered his right hand – the malignant Ankar Moor – to capture the mystically empowered Range Guides Kaz Oshay and Deneer to fight till the death. The Guides are good hearted nomads, however, and rather than to obey and fight, they flee into the wastelands. Okay, admittedly this sounds like a rather complex and ambitious plot, but I can assure you that "Deathsport" is actually a pretty brainless and rudimentary Sci-Fi vehicle. Everybody always complains about the low quality level of early 80's Italian apocalypse movies, but honestly flicks like "The New Gladiators", "The Atlantis Interceptors", "Endgame" and "The New Barbarians" are a whole lot better than this dud. "Deathsport" is boring and repetitive, with really laughable special effects (the vaporizing weapon looks like a vacuum cleaner) and pitiable scenery (the so-called Death Machines are ordinary bikes with a metal plant on the front). The only highlights in the film occur whenever Richard Lynch appears on screen, as he gives away a deliciously over-the-top cheesy performance as the evil and crazy-eyed Ankar Moor. Well okay, other highlights include Claudia Jennings' multiple nude sequences and the scene where a dude drives off of a tremendously high cliff in slow-motion. David Carradine is sadly mundane and uninspired in this lame production and this definitely isn't one of the movies he'll get remembered for. I can list at least two dozen of movies that I rather watched instead. Rest in peace, grasshopper. You were the total definition of cool and handsome.

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