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Director:
Writers:
Mike Cheda (adaptation)
Joseph Glazner (adaptation)
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Release Date:
August 1979 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Beyond the earth... Beyond the moon... Beyond your wildest imagination!
Plot:
Planet Earth is a devastated wasteland, and what's left of humanity has colonized the Moon in domed cities... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
So bad you wonder what they were thinking See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Palance ... Omus

Carol Lynley ... Nikki
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)
 
Stunts
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"H.G. Wells' The Shape of Things to Come" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
98 min | UK:94 min
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Trivia:
Koo Stark was announced for this film but left the project.See more »
Goofs:
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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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
So bad you wonder what they were thinking, 23 January 2003
Author: Wendel-2 from California

The problem with having a legitimate name, like H.G. Wells, is that some people use it to make their work seem legitimate. That is the case with this film. It has nothing to do with the Wells story, and has little story of its own to recommend it.

It does have legitimate actors in it and that is what is confusing. Why Oscar winner Jack Palance, and Carol Lynley, of Poseidon Adventure fame, would agree to even read for this movie is beyond understanding. It must have been a lost bet or a tax write off of some sort.

Now please understand, I like bad Sfi-Fi movies. I will even recommend "The Giant Claw" just for the silly puppet bird monster. I saw this film, in a theater, on Christmas Eve, when the doorman was feeling in the spirit and let us in for free. It still was not worth the money.

Remember, you do not get time wasted back at the end of your life. Do not waste the time seeing this "film."

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