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Mike Cheda (adaptation)
Joseph Glazner (adaptation)
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August 1979 (USA) See more »
Beyond the earth... Beyond the moon... Beyond your wildest imagination!
Planet Earth is a devastated wasteland, and what's left of humanity has colonized the Moon in domed cities... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Lost gem for OG Sci Fi geeks of the 70's! See more (13 total) »


  (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)
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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Lost gem for OG Sci Fi geeks of the 70's!, 3 December 2009
Author: peacedrumbrook from United States

If you were a kid in the seventies and loved Star Wars and the cheesy derivative clones it inspired, from 'Jason of Star Command' to 'Galactica', then this is for you. Of the bigger Star Wars-inspired space fantasies of the era, 'Shape of Things to Come' may have the most most in common with 1979-1981's 'Buck Rogers in the 25th Century' movie and TV series. Though Buck's budget had the advantage, the overall look is quite similar. The cheesy "futuristic" art design, materials and props that were available and may have looked 'far-out' to the 1980 eye are all in place. The lead actress has Erin Gray's 'Wilma Deering' hairdo, and, hey, there's Jack Palance, who played an evil villain in a Buck Rogers 2-parter, playing, well, a evil villain, in a, well, very similar costume. Having Barry Morse from the popular 70's British show 'Space:1999' also thrown in makes for good measure. There's the oh-so-imitated renegade robot, with his domed head and oddly 'Robby the Robot'-esquire body. He's the comic relief. Noting a theme? It's the era. Appreciation of this film is probably purely generational, because the movie is BAD. But it has immense charm. Watching this for the first time in 2009, at age 41, I felt as if I were watching a perfect spoof of the genre I am so nostalgic for.

- Brooke Ellis

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