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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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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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Storyline

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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A new kind of martial arts combat! See more »

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Action | Drama

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Asia Mission  »

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The Star Wars satellite program referenced in the film was actually true. This was a part of the Cold War between the U.S. and Russia in hopes that both countries would find territories outside their respective countries in order to plant satellite stations so each country would be alerted in case of a nuclear attack on either side. See more »

Quotes

Zamir: [throwing a sword at Cabot] Die, you bastard!
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Featured in Movie Nights: Gymkata (2010) See more »

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Get Even
Written by Alan Nathanson and Roger Stone
Performed by Remote Control
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This film deserves (a lot) more credit
7 July 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The average rating of 2.9 out of 10 for this film is a travesty. Anybody who watches this film and gives it less than 3 out of 10 is a fool who has completely missed the point. Let me explain: The acting...is not great. The plot...could be deeper. The direction and cinematography...second to many. However, all of those things (and probably many more) take a sideline when you watch the film. This is due entirely to the sheer fun of it all. It is not meant to be a serious work of art (at least I hope not), it is meant to be a fast paced, entertaining vehicle for showing off Kurt Thomas's ample gymnastic abilities in the most contrived situations imaginable (spot the high bar (and chalk) between two buildings). And in this capacity, the film really delivers as we follow Thomas (aka Jonathan Cabott) through a life or death race - that some people bizarrely seem to have volunteered for - across some very inhospitable ground with a bunch of well armed, evil looking locals on his tail. Sure, if you're a movie critic who has watched every film ever released since 1896, you'll probably think this is puerile rubbish. That is why I am so pleased not to be a movie critic, because I can sit down and watch a simple film and derive a simple pleasure from it. Simple as that.


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