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Mike Cheda (adaptation)
Joseph Glazner (adaptation)
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Release Date:
August 1979 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Palance ... Omus

Carol Lynley ... Niki

Barry Morse ... Dr. John Caball

John Ireland ... Sen. Smedley

Nicholas Campbell ... 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

Bill Lake ... Spacesuited man
Michael Klingbell ... Robot
Jonathan Hartman ... Robot
Wili Liberman ... Robot
Rob McEwan ... Robot
Angelo Pedari ... Robot
Jo-Anne Hannah ... Nikki's Soldier (as Jo-anne Lang)
Danny Gage ... Nikki's Soldier
Linda V. Carter ... Nikki's Soldier (as Linda Carter)
Terry Martin ... Nikki's Soldier
Lutz Brodie ... Nikki's Soldier

Bill Yak ... Nikki's Soldier
Terry Sprat ... Nikki's Soldier

Directed by
George McCowan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mike Cheda  adaptation
Joseph Glazner  adaptation
Martin Lager  writer
H.G. Wells  novel

Produced by
John Danylkiw .... associate producer
William Davidson .... producer
Harry Alan Towers .... executive producer (as Peter Welbeck)
Original Music by
Paul Hoffert 
Cinematography by
Reginald H. Morris 
Film Editing by
Stan Cole 
Art Direction by
Gerry Holmes 
Set Decoration by
Earle Fiset 
Costume Design by
Larry S. Wells 
Makeup Department
Bill Morgan .... makeup artist
Production Management
Marilyn Stonehouse .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael MacDonald .... third assistant director
Gord Robinson .... assistant director
David Shepherd .... second assistant director
Art Department
Fred Geringer .... assistant art director
Kenny Porter .... assistant set decorator (as Ken Porter)
Ralph Tillack .... robot constructor
Sound Department
David Appleby .... re-recording mixer
Fred Brennan .... sound editor
Dennis Drummond .... sound editor
Patrick Drummond .... supervising sound editor
Carl Scheser .... sound mixer
Lydia Wazana .... sound editor
Don White .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Bill Wood .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Wally Gentleman .... visual effects
Tim Donahue .... visual effects art director: Film Effects of Hollywood (uncredited)
Robert Hannah .... stunt coordinator (as Bobby Hannah)
Editorial Department
Bruce Lange .... assistant editor
Michael O'Farrell .... assistant editor
Music Department
David Greene .... music engineer
Paul Hoffert .... musical director
Paul Hoffert .... orchestrator
Other crew
Kristine M. Gilbert .... production coordinator

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Also Known As:
"H.G. Wells' The Shape of Things to Come" - USA (complete title)
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98 min | UK:94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Koo Stark was announced for this film but left the project.See more »
Miscellaneous: 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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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Brainless Dribble, 8 March 2002
Author: oigres from Burlington, Ontario

I too, saw this excuse for a movie in theaters expecting it to be a remake of the 1936 classic. Talk about major lunch-bag let down! The only worth while event of sitting through this insult was listening to the wise-cracks and jocularities coming from the audience. Watching Barry Morse (a fine actor) humiliate himself with contortionistic facial expressions related to an attack of hemorrhoids was laughable! Jack Palance(another fine actor)didn't fair any better with his army of robots looking like walking garbage cans! All in all a complete waste of time. Possibly twenty years from now this might become a cult classic or mercifully disappear out of cinematic history!

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