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Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  20 May 1983 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Overdog
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Aleisa Shirley ...
Reena
Cali Timmins ...
Nova
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Patrick Rowe ...
Duster
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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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$14,400,000 (estimated)

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$16,500,000 (USA)
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Ernie Hudson was cast as Washington due to a resemblance to Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) who had just recently first appeared in the "Star Wars" film franchise in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). See more »

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"Studio carpark visible when the ship first lands on the planet". The most commonly stated goof, but the error only ever featured in an unfinished workprint of this shot. It occurred because the wrong camera frame type was used for the size of the set. A local news agency obtained a copy of the workprint and incorrectly reported this as an error. The shot was corrected before the film's theatrical release and does not appear on VHS or DVD releases. See more »

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Nicki: Us loners got to stick together.
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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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