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The Shape of Things to Come (1979)

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In the future, human race sets up colonies on the Moon, when Earth becomes uninhabitable. A madman decides to destroy the Moon colonies with his robots and automated ships and only three people and their robot dog can stop him.

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Omus
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Niki
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Dr. John Caball
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Sen. Smedley
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Jason Caball
Anne-Marie Martin ...
Kim Smedley (as Eddie Benton)
Greg Swanson ...
Sparks (voice)
Mark Parr ...
Sparks
William Hutt ...
Lomax (voice)
Ardon Bess ...
Merrick
Lynda Mason Green ...
Lunar technician (as Lynn Green)
Albert Humphries ...
Robot technician
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Spacesuited man
Michael Klingbell ...
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Jonathan Hartman ...
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Planet Earth is a devastated wasteland, and what's left of humanity has colonized the Moon in domed cities. Humanity's continued survival depends on an anti-radiation drug only available on planet Delta Three, which has been taken over by Omus, a brilliant but mad mechanic who places no value on human life. Omus wants to come to the Moon to rule and intends to attack it by ramming robot-controlled spaceships into the domes. Dr. John Caball, his son Jason, Jason's friend, Kim, and a robot named Sparks embark on Caball's space battlecruiser on an unauthorized mission to Delta Three to stop Omus. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Beyond the earth... Beyond the moon... Beyond your wildest imagination!


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August 1979 (USA)  »

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H.G. Wells' The Shape of Things to Come  »

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CAD 3,200,000 (estimated)
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Koo Stark was announced for this film but left the project. See more »

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Near the end of the film when the base is collapsing around Jack Palance what appears to be a girder of some sort hits him on the head and judging by his reaction it wasn't supposed to happen. See more »

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So this doesn't actually have anything to do with the novel?
24 October 2012 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I had never known that H.G. Wells wrote a novel called "The Shape of Things to Come" until I saw the 1979 movie. Having seen the movie, I did a little research and found that the movie had practically nothing in common with the novel. It sounds as though the novel had a plot similar to "Nineteen Eighty-Four", and the 1936 version of the movie followed the novel more closely.

Looking at the movie on its own, it's pretty fun if totally silly. Jack Palance seems to be having a lot of fun as the man threatening to attack the moon colony. The robots - both good ones and bad ones - are the movie's particularly corny aspect. The whole thing comes across as a big excuse to be goofy, and so you'll probably enjoy the movie a lot more if you just accept it as ridiculous entertainment.


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