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Gymkata (1985)

R | | Action, Drama | 3 May 1985 (USA)
An American gymnast travels to a foreign country to compete in a deadly game not won by anyone other than a native in more than 900 years.

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Kurt Thomas ...
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Edward Bell ...
John Barrett ...
Conan Lee ...
Hao
Bob Schott ...
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Eric Lawson ...
Colonel Cabot
Sonny Barnes ...
Western Trainer
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Sharan Lea ...
Connie
Zlatko Pokupec ...
Mackle (as Z. Pokupec)
Slobodan Dimitrijevic ...
Tamerlane (as S. Dimitrijevic)
Ivo Kristof ...
Brockschmidt (as I. Kristof)
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Johnathan Cabot is a champion gymnast. In the tiny, yet savage, country of Parmistan, there is a perfect spot for a "star wars" site. For the US to get this site, they must compete in the brutal "Game". The government calls on Cabot, the son of a former operative, to win the game. Cabot must combine his gymnastics skills of the west with fighting secrets of the east and form GYMKATA! Written by Max Halperin <halperin@usc.edu>

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The film's title refers to the combination of Gymnastics training and Karate martial arts. Kurt Thomas is a real life gymnast and for the film had to combine both attributes for his role. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Cabot: [Mackle aims a gun at him] Oh, shit.
Mackle: This is a real shame, Cabot.
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Get Even
Written by Alan Nathanson and Roger Stone
Performed by Remote Control
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One of the greatest "bad" movies of all time
10 April 2004 | by (Paris, FR) – See all my reviews

I met Kurt Thomas at a gymnastics even in 1992. First thing I said to him was "Gymkata?" It is probably not difficult to imagine the look that came over the poor man's face at that point.

But I love Gymkata. We used to watch it for its tremendous entertainment value as an all-time great "bad" movie. My own personal favorite parts are the pommel horse in the medieval lunatic asylum, the guy saying "there is some anti-American sentiment going around here" immediately before being shot with an arrow, and of course the "Yak-MALLA!" war cry of "Parmistan." Oh, yeah, the four or five repetitions of "Karabal, on the Caspian Sea" before the place is shown with just that as the caption on the screen.

Yak-MALLA indeed!

JP Marat L'Ami du Peuple


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