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Writers:
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Release Date:
21 March 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A chaotic musical fantasy.
Plot:
The bizarre and musical tale of a girl who travels to another dimension through the gateway found in her family's basement. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
a definitive 'take it or leave it' flick. I'll take more, please! See more (88 total) »

Cast

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Hervé Villechaize ... King Fausto of the Sixth Dimension

Susan Tyrrell ... Queen Doris of the Sixth Dimension / Ruth Henderson
Gisele Lindley ... The Princess
Jan Stuart Schwartz ... Bust Rod, the Servant Frog
Marie-Pascale Elfman ... Susan B. 'Frenchy' Hercules
Virginia Rose ... Ma Hercules
Gene Cunningham ... Huckleberry P. Jones / Pa Hercules (as Ugh-Fudge Bwana)
Phil Gordon ... Flash Hercules
Hyman Diamond ... Grampa Hercules
Matthew Bright ... Squeezit & René Henderson (as Toshiro Boloney)

Danny Elfman ... Satan

Viva ... Ex-Queen
Joe Spinell ... Squeezit's Father
Brian Routh ... Harry Kipper (as The Kipper Kids)
Martin von Haselberg ... Harry Kipper (as The Kipper Kids)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carmen Angelo ... Featured dancer
Rosilyn Aronson ... First Teasing Girl
Hilary Beane ... Sexy Student
Sugar Bear ... Gunfighting Student, Johnny

Brenda Bernstein ... Featured dancer
Herman Bernstein ... Mr. Bernstein, the Old Yiddish Man
James Bordus ... Gunshot Victim
Bobbi Botton ... Featured dancer
Susan Bridges ... Featured dancer
Albert Brokhim ... Court Trumpeter
Kyra Campinsky ... Featured dancer
Darlene Cloutier ... Featured dancer
Lisa Cloutier ... Featured dancer
Kathleen Conklin ... Featured dancer
Ken Corrone ... Giant Prisoner
Kerry Ann Covey ... Featured dancer
Rosilyn Crinion ... Second Teasing Girl

Richard Elfman ... Masseuse, prisoner
David Erikson ... Giant Prisoner
Christine Fulbright ... Featured dancer
Nela Gary ... Featured dancer
Sydney Haupert ... Featured dancer
Nancy Hoffer ... Featured dancer
Nicholas James ... The Pope
Jennifer Laute ... Featured dancer
Dawn McErrick ... Featured dancer
Mike Morris ... Featured dancer
Joe Munro ... Marching Demon
Dennis Olivieri ... Stuttering Student
Gregg Pope ... Student Dance Soloist
Redonte Reola ... Small Student
Brenda Star ... Sexy Student
Nathan Stelzer ... Featured dancer
Kedric Wolfe ... Human Chandelier / Miss Feldman, the School Teacher

Jan Munroe ... The Headsman (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Elfman 
 
Writing credits
Richard Elfman (story)

Richard Elfman (screenplay) &
Matthew Bright (screenplay) &
Nick L. Martinson (screenplay) &
Nicholas James (screenplay) (as Nick James)

Produced by
Gene Cunningham .... executive producer
Judith Faye Elfman .... assistant producer
Richard Elfman .... producer
Nicholas James .... co-producer (as Nick James)
Martin Nicholson .... associate producer (as Martin W. Nicholson)
Marie-Pascale Elfman .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Danny Elfman 
 
Cinematography by
Gregory Sandor 
 
Film Editing by
Martin Nicholson  (as Martin W. Nicholson)
Nicholas James (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Marie-Pascale Elfman 
 
Art Direction by
David M. Mackler 
 
Makeup Department
Chris Brice .... makeup artist
T. Farrell .... assistant makeup artist
Julie Johnson .... makeup artist
C. Larrieu .... assistant makeup artist
G. Larsson .... assistant makeup artist
Vicky Ogden .... assistant makeup artist (as V. Ogden)
B. Russell .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bill Baker .... production manager
Mark Kitchell .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Frumkin .... second assistant director
Larry Markart .... second assistant director
Martin Nicholson .... first assistant director (as Martin W. Nicholson)
Stephen Sassen .... additional assistant director (as Steve Sassen)
 
Art Department
Ken Corrone .... set designer
David Erickson .... set constructor
Phil Gale .... set constructor
Robert Kaiser .... set constructor
Marie Kordus .... property mistress
Cheri Paul .... assistant props (as C. Paul)
Tom Sewell .... design consultant
John Van Hamersveld .... graphic consultant (as John Van Hammersveld)
Salvador Viento .... construction supervisor
Cathy Walters .... storyboard artist (as Kathy Walters)
Rebecca Wilson .... title artist
Michael Wolf .... assistant props (as M. Wolfe)
Zox .... graphic consultant
 
Sound Department
Jan Brodin .... sound recordist
Angie Carter .... boom operator
Robert Grieve .... foley artist
Laja Holland .... foley artist
Laja Holland .... sound editor
Gerald B. Wolfe .... sound recordist (as Jerry Wolfe)
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Conrad Rothmann .... special effects rigging and explosion (as Conrad Rothman)
 
Visual Effects by
Larry Bagley .... opticals: MGM Optical Dept.
Frederick Langenbach .... opticals: MGM Optical Dept. (as Fred Langenbach)
James F. Liles .... opticals: MGM Optical Dept.
Tate Smith .... opticals: MGM Optical Dept.
William J. Tomkin .... opticals: MGM Optical Dept. (as William Tompkin)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Garo Barsumian .... best boy
Annette Buehre .... animation camera: Opticam Inc.
Jan Buehre .... animation camera: Opticam Inc.
Lee Grover .... second assistant camera
Alex Hakobian .... gaffer (as Alex Hakubian)
Ron Kaufman .... second grip
Lazlo Mecs .... additional camera operator
Lazlo Mecs .... first assistant camera
John O'Connell .... animation camera: Lumeni Productions
John Sprung .... dolly grip
Thomas Thonson .... key grip
William J. Tomkin .... animation camera: MGM (as William Tompkin)
Tony Valdez .... animation camera: Lumeni Productions
Jürg V. Walther .... key grip (as Jurg Walther)
Hugh Washburn .... second electrician
Guy Webster .... still photographer: animation
Gilbert Yablon .... animation camera: Lumeni Productions
Brian MacDougall .... additional cinematography (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
James P. Alles .... animation assistant (as J. Alles)
M. Davis .... animation assistant
Philomena Gusson .... animation assistant (as Philomena)
John Muto .... animator: animated sequences
John Nelson .... animation assistant (as J. Nelson)
Mitchel C. Resnick .... animator (as M. Resnick)
J. Satriani .... animation assistant
Jim Shaw .... animation assistant (as J. Shaw)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pat Hurt .... costume mistress
Bonnie Leitch .... costume mistress
Darlene Pratt .... seamstress
Leon Schneiderman .... frog costume
Erica Ueland .... assistant costume mistress
 
Editorial Department
Patricia Summers .... assistant editor
Dennis Michelson .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
James Ackley .... music recordist: Backroom Recorders (as Jim Ackley)
Steve Bartek .... music arranger
Michael Boshears .... music recordist: Spectrum Studios
Loren-Paul Caplin .... musical director
Danny Elfman .... music arranger
Brad Kay .... musicologist
Ken Maytag .... music recordist: Redhouse Recording Studio
Oingo Boingo .... music performers (as The Oingo-Boingo)
Robert Randles .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
G. Bassin .... production assistant
Fred J. Blome .... production assistant (as F. Blome)
Carl Borack .... presenter
Maureen Byrne .... additional dance sequences
Richard Charles Greenbaum .... production assistant (as R. Greenbaum)
S. Jackson .... production assistant
Vinita McClellon .... script supervisor
J.F. Oya .... sales agent
D. Perez .... production assistant
Roger Sassen .... production assistant (as R. Sassen)
Janet Schipper .... photo finishing
S. Simon .... production assistant
Brenda Weisman .... script supervisor
Lonnie Wittenberg .... production assistant (as L. Wittenburg)
Carol Zeitz .... choreographer
 
Thanks
Jack Pill .... special thanks
 

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According to Matthew Bright in the film's commentary, in the original conception of his classroom humiliation scene, Squeezit was supposed to be castrated in front of the other students.See more »
Quotes:
Queen Doris:Why does it feel so good to be sooooo bad?See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofs Wonder Bar (1934)See more »
Soundtrack:
Yiddishe CharlestonSee more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
a definitive 'take it or leave it' flick. I'll take more, please!, 31 August 2008
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Dr. Hunter S. Thompson once said, "It never got weird enough for me." With all respect and love to that late-great Gonzo God, I wonder if he would eat those words following a viewing of this. This is truly one of the weirdest movies ever conceived, shot, executed, whatever-ed. But it's brilliance is in the fact that amid its chaos and delirious mayhem is that it's not really all that incoherent. It may not be any more or less crazy a piece of avant-garde experimentation than a super-obscure picture like Pussbucket.

The difference, I think, lies in professionalism. In a small way I'm reminded of Russ Meyer; Richard Elfman is a very careful director with his camera, never making a shot unintentionally out of focus or deranged in masturbatory terms, and with his production designer (if maybe it was just him and his wife who also financed the picture) create madness that can't exactly be called shoddy in production value. Like it or not, and I can imagine people definitely NOT liking this, there's some art going on here.

It's also the kind of movie you can't peg down. I was laughing mad throughout, almost convulsively at one other step after another in the 'plot' (and yes, there is one, once checked into the 'Zone' and the 6th dimension and the annals of the Queen and the family going through the zone), but is it entirely a comedy? Actually - yes, it is. But what kind of comedy? There's a sensibility that borrows heavily at times from those delightfully insane cartoons from the 1920s and 1930s (Un Iwerks' obscurer shorts come to mind), but only at times like bits in that classroom singing old songs.

There's also characters in black-face (yes, black-face), obvious caricatures of black people and Jews, a little person (the actor from Man with the Golden Gun), a guy with a giant frog head and a suit, and Satan. Did I mention it's a musical shot in black and white and that it's also like if Rocky Horror Picture Show wasn't likable for its badness but was genuinely f***ed-up as a true cult hit?

Enough trying to explain it- this is cult in the sense of Eraserhead or Ichi the Killer, or even one of the real old-school guards of the avant-garde like Jack SMith. You really do have to see it to believe it, and understand how much of a mix of forms and styles work its way into it, of the obvious and joyfully exaggerated "characters" (just between that one Queen with the hair and the little guy it could be enough, but then what about the little guy's new French mistress?), of the sudden title-cards, of the animations from time to time with most prominent example a travel down an intestine.

Not to mention the music, which is some of the purest genius in the picture (this and Blues Brothers, both good for a double feature not too oddly enough considering one specific song I need not mention here, are great wacky musicals of 1980). There's two facets: the usage of old blues and show-tunes of the 30s, almost like speakeasy songs, and then the songs of Oingo Boingo, Danny Elfman's equally weird band he had before becoming a composer. Needless to say he composes his first time here, and it's a great training ground for the likes of other great scores in Tim Burton's pictures; his one appearance as Satan is a howler, though overall he matches up to what his brother has to offer as a filmmaker of verve and daring.

How much you might respond positively to the daring of Forbidden Zone will depend on how seriously you take it. I don't think I got any profound life lessons, but if you can tap into the vibe of the picture then you got it made. It doesn't get much weirder than this, and I love it for it on whatever terms it makes as imaginative low-budget gonzo comedy.

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