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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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Chalmers
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Overdog
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Grandman Patterson
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Meagan
Aleisa Shirley ...
Reena
Cali Timmins ...
Nova
Paul Boretski ...
Jarrett
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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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 »

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When Wolff takes Niki with him in his car for the the first time, he opens the door during the ride in a close shot towards the end of the scene. In the very next shot - a wide shot - the roof is closed again. See more »

Quotes

Chalmers: Okay, what did you do to this?
Wolff: Emergency repair procedure number one.
Chalmers: You kicked it?
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Better than a lot of movies currently churned out by Hollywood...
3 July 2008 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I saw this in July, 2008 for the first time and was surprised by the amount of mechanical devices and vehicles built for this one. And the attention to detail is higher than many modern productions.

A funny thing about making movies in 1983 is your choice of either using miniature models or constructing full scale behemoths. This movie goes for the latter option, which is one of its strengths, almost everything you see is right there and not some blue screened effect or shoddy computer graphics. This investment carries very well still today some 25 years later. It is like watching Road Warrior with all of the bikes, cars and trains and it all looks authentic because its actually there. Speaking of Road Warrior, it must be said that Spacehunter has an apparent look and feel of a post-apocalyptic desert world similar to that of the Mad Max films.

Striking are the interesting locations which are thrown at the viewer at a fast pace where new environments show up around every corner during their hunt in the forbidden zone. While short scenes in themselves, they come together nicely in creating the feel of a good adventure movie reminiscent of the Indiana Jones movies.

Not sure of the budget here, many things look really nice, some space scenes are awful but very, very short. I've mentioned two series of other films in this review, don't expect to find either one of them in Spacehunter, rather expect to find elements of all of them combined.


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