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Def-Con 4 (1985)

 -  Action | Sci-Fi  -  15 March 1985 (USA)
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Two men and a woman circle the globe in a satellite armed with a nuclear device. The third world war breaks out, and a few months later the satellite crashes. They survive the crash but one... See full summary »

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J.J.
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Vinny
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Jordan
Kevin King ...
Gideon Hayes
John Walsch ...
Walker
Tim Choate ...
Howe
Jeff Pustil ...
Lacey
Donna King ...
Alice
Alan MacGillivray ...
Boomer (as Allan MacGillivray)
Florence Paterson ...
Mrs. Boyd
Karen Kennedy ...
WWN Newscaster (as Karen Kenedy)
Ken Ryan ...
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Geoff Harrington ...
Vicious Trooper
Al Foster ...
Oldster
Hugh Orr ...
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Two men and a woman circle the globe in a satellite armed with a nuclear device. The third world war breaks out, and a few months later the satellite crashes. They survive the crash but one man gets killed by survivors and the other man gets caught. The woman stays by the remains of the the satellite but is soon caught by evil punks who have taken power. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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The last defense. The last hope. The battle for the future of the world has begun.

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Action | Sci-Fi

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15 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Def-Con 4 - Das letzte Kommando  »

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CAD 1,750,000 (estimated)
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A film infamous among sci-fi fans for misleading artwork, as the painting used on the poster and video/DVD boxes bears no resemblance to anything that occurs in the actual film. See more »

Goofs

The coordinates for the uncontaminated survival station, 62.17.20N 19.02.40E, are actually in the Gulf Of Bothnia between Sweden and Finland and there is no land mass there. See more »

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Vinny: What kind of areolas does she have? Pink, brown, or red?
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"Come on, come on. Let's go!"
10 April 2011 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

This low-cost Canadian produced presentation is reasonably ordinary, but for its type not as terrible as it's made out to be. This is one of those films that the cover artwork always made it look quite interesting, but the synopsis on the back had less of an affect. A friend of mine convinced me to watch it, after the first half-hour I could see why because the story does such a great job setting up the highly-charged, innovative predicament (three astronauts in space watch on as world war three erupts with nuclear attacks on Earth) to only lose its way when a couple months later they crash-land back on earth then it becomes a very vanilla-like post-apocalyptic Sci-fi wasteland survival outing (of the very cheap, rancid b-grade kind) with some very unbelievably trite villains that come off more as joke than anything truly threatening. The head honcho played by Kevin King seemed more suited in a "Save by the Bell" episode, than as a ruthlessly imposing leader. At times I was waiting for cued laughter from an audience whenever he was on screen, as he came off more so a brat. Just as poor was Tim Choate in the leading role. Well more so eccentrically annoying. I found the support to be much better; Kate Lynch, Lenore Zann (running around in a school uniform), Maury Chaykin and John Walsch. The opening first half-hour is very well pulled off; with some striking visuals, solid set-designs and usefully gripping details. You could see where all the money went in to, but that could probably explain its weakly conceived abrupt ending. Maybe that had run out. Anyhow during its grounded action, it does create some nasty touches, edgy activity and cement an ugly intensity. Too bad it just too daft (simply lacking the colourful craziness) and at times incoherent. The story is straight-forward, although the script is flimsy and too black and white to make it completely fulfilling. Minimally junky and grim, if particularly plain post-nuke entertainment.


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