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The Shape of Things to Come (1979)

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

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CAD 3,200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Koo Stark was announced for this film but left the project. See more »

Goofs

In the opening lines of text with which the film begins, the word "it's" is misused (??"Man has moved onto the moon, colonised it's surface and erected..."). It should be "its" ("Man has moved onto the moon, colonised its surface..."). See more »

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Version of Things to Come (1936) See more »

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Hilariously awful space dreck
10 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What's most striking about this hilariously awful film is that someone actually thought that it was worth putting up money to make it. Two years after Star Wars and Close Encounters, someone actually felt that terrible dialogue and direction foisted upon decent actors like Jack Palance and Barry Morse, special effects out of a high school film class, a cheesily overwrought synthesizer score, and clunky 50's toy-robot villains would make for a worthwhile movie.

I recently saw it with the benefit of fast forward (as another commenter said, the only way to watch this film) and have to wonder if it's really a parody. Everything about it is so stereotypically and perfectly awful, one wonders if the director was pulling a stunt like Princeton physicist Alan Sokal's hoax "postmodern physics" article in a doofy po-mo "science" journal.

But Carol Lynley looks great, as does the Canadian National Exhibition complex in Toronto lit from behind.


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