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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
This science-fiction film was first released stateside on 20 May 1983, just about one week before the debut of the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), that was launched on 25 May 1983. This was a carefully timed strategy, that aimed at scheduling the film to be released just ahead of the third "Star Wars" movie, when the hype for new science-fiction stories was at its peak. See more »
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 »
What the hell are you?
What do you think I am, you scrawny earthbag? I'm a woman!
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Spacehunter is a film I saw as a child, which has remained at the back of my mind for years. Around the same time, I was watching things like Ghostbusters and Star Trek (The Wrath of Khan), and knew nothing about special effects, budgets or story lines. All I knew was that I liked these films. Having recently obtained a copy of Spacehunter, I was pleasantly surprised at how well it holds up, compared to other classics. Yes, a lot of it is hokey nonsense, but in a GOOD way.
Strauss makes a likable rogue, obviously straight from the Han Solo mold, and Molly Ringwald is her usual early eighties cutie. The special effects are fair for the time (though the title sequence leaves something to be desired), and the futuristic 'Mad Max' style vehicles could easily be from a more recent movie.
Michael Ironside is almost unrecogniseable underneath prosthetics, but offers a great performance, hampered only by his lack of mobility in costume. I was especially surprised to recognise Ernie Hudson as a supporting character, playing Strauss' ex-buddy.
In all, a great film with a few minor flaws. I'm amazed this got no further than it did at the time. One of the few post-Star Wars movies that deserves a sequel (which i'm tempted to have a bash at myself).
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