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25 June 1982 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Barry Bostwick ... Cmdr. Ace Hunter

Michael Beck ... Dallas

Persis Khambatta ... Major Zara

Edward Mulhare ... Gen. Edward Byrne-White

George Furth ... Prof. Eggstrum

Henry Silva ... Duke Guerera
Mike Kulcsar ... Ivan (as Michael Kulcsar)
Ralph Wilcox ... Zachary Taylor
Evan C. Kim ... Suki (as Evan Kim)

Anthony Pena ... Sixkiller (as Anthony Penya)
J. Víctor López ... Lopez
Michael Carven ... Anton
Bobby Bass ... Motorcycle Driver
Samir Kamoun ... Aide
Youssef Merhi ... Radio Operator
Roger Lowe ... Chauffeur

Robert Fuller ... Pilot
Ray Hill ... Tank Commander (as Ray Hill Jr.)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hal Needham ... Technician (uncredited)
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Directed by
Hal Needham 
Writing credits
Bob Kachler (story) (as Robert S. Kachler)

James Whittaker (screenplay) and
Albert S. Ruddy (screenplay) &
Hal Needham (screenplay) &
Andre Morgan (screenplay)

Produced by
Raymond Chow .... executive producer
David Hamburger .... associate producer (as David Shamroy Hamburger)
Albert S. Ruddy .... producer
Andre Morgan .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Jerrold Immel 
Cinematography by
Michael C. Butler  (as Michael Butler)
Film Editing by
Patrick Roark  (as Patrick T. Roark)
Skip Schoolnik  (as S. Skip Schoolnik)
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Production Design by
Joel Schiller 
Art Direction by
Carol Wenger 
Set Decoration by
Rochelle Moser 
Makeup Department
Dorothea Long .... hair stylist
Janna Phillips .... makeup artist
Hallie Smith-Simmons .... makeup artist
Production Management
David Hamburger .... unit production manager (as David S. Hamburger)
Issy Shabtay .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Bueno .... assistant director
Bill Coker .... first assistant director
David V. Lester .... assistant director
Marty Eli Schwartz .... first assistant director (as Marty Eli Schwartz)
Art Department
Gary F. Kieldrup .... assistant property master (as Gary Kieldrup)
Joseph Musso .... production illustrator (as Joe Musso)
Victor E. Petrotta Sr. .... assistant property master (as Victor Petrotta)
William A. Petrotta .... property master (as Bill Petrotta)
Hendrik Wynands .... set construction coordinator (as Hank Wynands)
Sound Department
Richard Burrow .... sound editor
Jay Engel .... adr editor
Barbara Gandolfo-Frady .... assistant sound editor (as Barbara Ann Gandolfo)
Don Hall .... supervising sound editor
Joseph A. Ippolito .... assistant sound editor (as Joey Ippolito)
David J. Kimball .... sound re-recording mixer
Laurel Ladevich .... sound editor
Glen Lambert .... boom operator (as Glenn Lambert)
Robert J. Litt .... sound re-recording mixer
Jerry Rosenthal .... sound editor
Jack Solomon .... sound
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
David Williams .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Cliff Wenger .... special effects (as Cliff Wenger Sr.)
Gregg Bond .... special effects artist (uncredited)
Linda Bond .... special effects prop artist (uncredited)
Eric Roberts .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Charles Chiodo .... visual effects: Introvision
Douglas Dawson .... visual effects: Introvision (as Doug Dawson)
Tim Donahue .... visual effects art director: Introvision (as Tim Donohue)
Anne Flagg .... visual effects: Introvision
Michael Griffin .... visual effects: Introvision
Roger Lee .... visual effects: Introvision
William Mesa .... visual effects supervisor: Introvision
Tom Naud III .... visual effects: Introvision
Eugene P. Rizzardi .... model supervisor: Introvision (as Gene Rizzardi)
John Stears .... visual effects: Introvision
Stephen Barncard .... special lighting & electronics (uncredited)
Allen Blaisdell .... visual effects (uncredited)
Jim Danforth .... matte artist (uncredited)
Jim Danforth .... matte photographer (uncredited)
John P. Mesa .... visual effects cameraman (uncredited)
Laura Molina .... visual effects: Introvision (uncredited)
Mickey Alzola .... stunts
Bobby Bass .... stunt coordinator
David Blattel .... stunts
Steve Boyum .... stunts
Ralph D. Carpenter .... stunts (as Ralph Carpenter)
Steven Chambers .... stunts (as Steve Chambers)
Clarke Coleman .... stunts
Cathy Collingwood .... stunts
Gary Davis .... stunts
Steve M. Davison .... stunts (as Steve Davison)
Tim A. Davison .... stunts (as Tim Davison)
Mike De Luna .... stunts (as Mike Deluna)
Doug Domolos .... stunts
Bud Ekins .... stunts
David R. Ellis .... stunts (as David Ellis)
Gary Epper .... stunts
Richard Epper .... stunts
Bobby Ferro .... stunts
Bobby J. Foxworth .... stunts (as Bobby Foxworth)
Greg Gault .... stunts
Jack Gill .... stunts
Pat Green .... stunts
Will Harper .... stunts (as William Harper)
Gene Hartline .... stunts
John Hateley .... stunts
Mark Hateley .... stunts
Freddie Hice .... stunts
Steve Holladay .... stunts
Richard Humphreys .... stunts
Gary Hymes .... stunts
Jim Jackson .... stunts
Al Jones .... stunts (as Alton Jones)
Ronald Jones .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Fred Krone .... stunts
Paul M. Lane .... stunts
Ed Lang .... stunts
Richard Losee .... stunts
Don Lykins .... stunt pilot
John Meier .... stunts
Brad Orrison .... stunts
Jon Conrad Pochron .... stunts (as John Pochron)
J.N. Roberts .... stunts
Mic Rodgers .... stunts
Reid Rondell .... stunts
Michael Runyard .... stunts (as Mike Runyard)
Dennis Scott .... stunts
Jeff Smolek .... stunts
Peter Stader .... stunts
Mike Tillman .... stunts
Craig Vincent .... stunts
Dean Westgaard .... stunts
Scott Wilder .... stunts
Thomas Robinson Harper .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Lykins .... aerial stunts support (uncredited)
Pete Turner .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Barnett .... best boy grip
Mike Barnett .... best boy grip
David L. Butler .... aerial photographer (as David Butler)
Dana Christiaansen .... assistant camera
Ray De La Motte .... camera operator (as Ray DeLamotte)
Robert L. Guthrie .... camera operator (as Robert Guthrie)
Harvey Kamins .... best boy
Mako Koiwai .... assistant camera
Bud Schindler .... key grip
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Gary Welch .... best boy
Robert A. Wise .... assistant camera (as Robert Wise)
Donald M. Wolak .... gaffer (as Don Wolak)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathy O'Rear .... costumes: women
Bill Tiegs .... costumes: men
Don Vargas .... costume supervisor
Gary Vargas .... costumes: men
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter (as Donah J. Bassett)
Muriel Benedict .... post-production coordinator
Sandra Davis .... assistant film editor
Kristi Johns .... assistant film editor
Cathy Rose .... apprentice editor
Marlene Rubenstein .... post-production coordinator
George Trirogoff .... assistant film editor
William Jacobs .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Nancy Fogarty .... music editor
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
Craig Huxley .... coordinator: synthesizer (as Craig Hundley)
Joel Rosenbaum .... orchestrator
Steve Schaeffer .... coordinator: drums and percussion
Armand Steiner .... music mixer
Transportation Department
Richard M. Brasic .... dispatcher (as Richard Brasic)
Mike Doyle .... transportation captain (as Michael Doyle)
Gary Small .... dispatcher
Howard A. Small .... transportation coordinator (as Howard Small)
Lyle Christensen .... shotmaker driver (uncredited)
Roger Wooge .... driver: stunt unit (uncredited)
Other crew
Al Ebner .... unit publicist
William Fredrick .... vehicles and weapons designer and fabricator
Chris Karamanos .... location services
Ray Lykins .... flying sequences coordinator
Jim McCarthy .... production accountant
Adele Nadel .... assistant: Albert S. Ruddy
Maureen Osborne-Beall .... production coordinator
Kathleen M. Shea .... assistant: Hal Needham (as Kathy Shea)
Gene Starzenski .... nurse
John W. Stuart .... production accountant
Dave Wagner .... technical advisor (as Col. David Wagner)
Hope Williams .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Mega Force" - Philippines (English title)
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99 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Matt Stone and 'Trey Parker' are admitted fans of this movie and used it as the basis for "Team America: World Police".See more »
Revealing mistakes: During the final battle, when the Megaforce starts launching a barrage of rockets, several of the contrails show that some of the rockets flew out of control.See more »
Ace Hunter:It's all on the wheel, it all comes around.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Ultraforce" (2003)See more »
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23 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Art: It Either Sucks, Or It Rulez., 3 March 2006
Author: Steve Nyland (Squonkamatic) from New York, USA

I had a sculpture teacher in grad school who would have found MEGAFORCE a working truistic proof of his revelatory comment one day during a pointless, time-wasting studio critique of a student who obviously had no interest in making art when he said "You have to approach art on the level of Beavis & Butt-Head some days. Stuff either sucks, or it rules, and I am sorry but your work this semester totally sucks."

Roger would have been a big fan of MEGAFORCE, which I have concluded does indeed rule. This movie represents a high point, a watershed mark in western culture which has never since been surpassed. I will leave plot & character issues to other commenter's -- This movie is either the dumbest piece of crap ever made by the worst director in history, or it is a form of kitsch masterpiece that is astoundingly honest about how utterly brainless it's concept & execution were. The movie has zero pretense to be anything other than exactly what it is -- a stupid, loud, moronic action movie with heroic music, explosions, vehicular stunts, funky looking high tech junk, tight spandexed jumpsuits, helicopters, jingoistic catch phrase dialog that seems to have been randomly chosen from old episodes of The Superfriends, and Henry Silva.

Henry Silva is one of those actors whom I marvel at with open admiration: His ability to make the ridiculous seem perfectly natural is on the same level as Boris Karloff, and every role he appears in becomes a Henry Silva performance. Here he is somewhat more animated than the usual cold as a railroad track on a frozen February morning hired killer seen in his more typical work as various paid assassins. You have not truly lived until you have seen Henry Silva blow up people with his bazooka in THE BOSS & DEATH COMMANDO. A lot of people may dismiss him as an "actor", but as a character performer he is right up there with Harry Dean Stanton and Ivor Francis as one of the most ubiquitously recognizable bad guys from decades of TV & movies. Mr. Silva, wherever you are, your work is invaluable, and MEGAFORCE is yet another stunning achievement.

Back to the movie, though, this is going to be one of those things you either "get" or don't, like The Three Stooges, Tom Waits, professional wrestling or Rush Limbaugh. You are either going to instantly love it or wonder why anyone on Earth would consider it to be entertaining, let alone having cultural value. Art should always be subjective though, and it should be up to those who consume it to evaluate culture for themselves rather than allow some idiot to do it for you. MEGAFORCE is a lesson in subjective taste: It is either a masterpiece or an embarrassment, will provoke extreme reaction both for and against -- and both sentiments are equally legitimate. It is only those who are not moved that I pity.

MEGAFORCE can also serve as a time capsule for people who want to remember what it was like to be 9 or so, and ranks up there with THE HUMANOID starring Richard "Jaws" Keil and YOR, HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE with Reb Brown as amongst the most stupid, ham-boned, addle minded but enjoyable science fiction movies from the 1980's. You are not supposed to learn anything at ALL, and if you do that's your own stupid fault. The movies exist as pure entertainment -- One sight of the Megaforce rolling into battle on their stupid mocked-up motorcycles and absurd missile launcher armored dune buggies while going against a column of military tanks was all it took for me to make my decision. The kinetic explosions & stunts afterward were just icing on the cake: This is easily one of the coolest movies ever made, and if you don't get it you never will.


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