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Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)

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Three women make an emergency landing on a planet plagued with a fatal disease, but are captured by dictator Overdog. Adventurer Wolff goes there to rescue them and meets Niki, the only Earthling left from a medical expedition. Combining their talents, they try to rescue the women. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Journey with Wolff and Niki, an interstellar adventurer and young rebel. On a mission to rescue three stranded women from a planet no one has warned them about. Because no one has ever returned.


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20 May 1983 (USA)  »

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Spacehunter  »

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$14,400,000 (estimated)


$16,500,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Overdog uses the same gesture that Kenneth Hickey used in the 1952 Summer Olympics held in Helsinki, Finland to "let the games begin" Overdog raises both claws/arms next to his head with upper arms parallel to the ground. Then lowers both claws/arms down at the same time while keeping his upper arms parallel to the ground. It was used in the Olympics for deaf viewers. See more »


During the opening, the space cruise ship is traveling inside a gaseous formation when it collides with "frozen" gas. All scenes show this ship in this gas field until it blows up, when the ship is suddenly shown on a clear star background. See more »


Chalmers: Okay, what did you do to this?
Wolff: Emergency repair procedure number one.
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Might be dated, but should be celebrated!
27 December 2006 | by (Maidenhead, UK) – See all my reviews

Been waiting for this for a long time - as cult classics go it's one of my more memorable adolescent reminiscences.

I remember seeing this on the big screen when it was first released. Loved it then, for several reasons: Strauss was capable but cool as the hero Wolf, Molly Ringwald was feisty, mouthy and cheeky as the elfin Nikki, and Michael Ironsides was virtually unrecognisable under his make-up, but still gave Overdog a sinister air of menace and cruelty.

Now, 20 years later, I get to see it again, and there are flaws that time has exposed. The effects and the music are very dated. The dialogue is weak in places, and the acting from the minor characters leaves something to be desired. However, it still has a sense of excitement and adventure that many other sci-fi flicks of the 80s now lack. The action is fast-paced, the interaction between the leads is good, and the scenery is suitably dark and barren.

7/10 - it's well worth overlooking the more dated elements in order to uncover the gem underneath.

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