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The Shape of Things to Come -- The time is the tomorrow after tomorrow and mankind has now populated the Moon where vast domed cities have been built on what was once a wasteland.
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August 1979 (USA) See more »
Beyond the earth... Beyond the moon... Beyond your wildest imagination!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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 .... sound 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 .... sound 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:
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Koo Stark was announced for this film but left the project.See more »
Miscellaneous: 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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Things that Came and Went...Space:1979, 7 May 2007
Author: zillabob from United States

Makes a great double feature of bad films paired with Space Mutiny(1988)or Starship Invasions(1977). I remember there being some hype for this film in Starlog and other genre mags of the time, and that Barry Morse was headlining it(along with Jack Palance and Carol Lynley) and that Sylvia Anderson(Space:1999, UFO) was producing it and involved in aspects of the design. Well, Anderson walked early on, signing herself off it, but not after signing on Barry Morse from her Space:1999 haunts, to star in this. The film was to be made in Canada and, to feature some "top line" visual effects and miniatures by Brick Price.It's ghastly from the get-go. A disco-inspired theme song opening the show(this was 1979) and we go to a moon base which just happens to be a futuristic(then)office building outside of Toronto and we're told in that casual, expository way, that the "earth-like" conditions outside the windows, complete with clouds and trees, are all inside a dome with a "sunsphere" providing a familiar view for the people inside. How convenient. Barry Morse puts on an American accent for this, not his familiar grandfatherly British accent. Jack Palance plays "Omus" an evil kind of guy(he played the same kind of "evil guy" in an episode of Buck Rogers about the same time) who has these walking-garbage can robots who look totally ridiculous and awkward. He also laughs, for no apparent reason only that he's amazed himself, which isn't hard. All of the costumes of the young people look like they just roller boogied to the moon. The same corridor is used again and again for "chase" scenes-they just change directions. The miniatures are pretty bad-fighters that have model parts of the "K-7 Space Station" on the front end. The FX work is largely some glitzy animation that's passable at first, but just gets more annoying. Landing on another planet, it looks just like some empty lot or tract of land in Canada. Supposedly this was to be a much more ambitious production, with Mike Trim having done some production drawings and miniatures made in England-that all went when Sylvia Anderson walked off it. In fact, that's what Morse was led to believe when he signed on. (I read where he said he was taken aback at the cheapness of everything, but honored his professional commitment and did his job and finished it, as he agreed to do.) Harry Allan Towers (no slouch at cheap films)came in and the quality was replaced by the thrift of just getting the film done. I admit I was pretty shocked it was so low-budget. I'd accepted that it was a Canadian film, for the time, and figured it would be lower end, but this took the cake.

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