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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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Mike Cheda (adaptation)
Joseph Glazner (adaptation)
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Release Date:
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:
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: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Randal (2012)See more »


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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
At least Carol Lynley looks nice., 5 February 2004

If this is the shape of things to come, thank God you live in the 21st Century. This film is perfect for spoofing. Notably bad moments - when the Starstreaker spaceship hits top speed. This is represented by having the cheap model ship veer from the left to the right (while still appearing to be stationary), a slight increase in noise and by having the actors look awed. One of the least impressive effects I have ever seen. The villain's death is worth waiting for too. Resigned to his fate, Palance sits in his chair and waits for the planet to explode around him. During this cataclysmic moment a large piece of ceiling falls on his head. Instead of braining him as you might expect it simply bounces off. Palance looks as surprised as everyone else. Oh, and those robots.....oh dear!

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