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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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(screenplay by), (based on the novel "The Terrible Game" by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kurt Thomas ...
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Edward Bell ...
Paley
John Barrett ...
Gomez
Conan Lee ...
Hao
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The Kahn
Eric Lawson ...
Sonny Barnes ...
Western Trainer
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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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For Glory, For Nation, For Survival: Let the Game Begin! See more »

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Action | Drama

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3 May 1985 (USA)  »

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Asia Mission  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,261,845, 5 March 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,730,596
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1.85 : 1
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The film's source material ("The Terrible Game" by Dan Tyler Moore) was originally published in 1957. A film version of the book was originally planned in the early-1960s as a Rock Hudson vehicle, but never got off the ground. See more »

Quotes

Zamir: [setting fire to the rope on which Cabot is climbing] Burn, you bastard!
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Soundtracks

Get Even
Written by Alan Nathanson and Roger Stone
Performed by Remote Control
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Forgotten gem
2 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Wow! This one has been stuck way in the back webs of my mind. Almost erased until I stumbled across it on the IMDb! As soon as I saw the title I immediately remembered the movie as if it were last week. I can see why many would consider this to be a bad movie, but oh well, opinions are like #*$holes, everyone has one. So be it. I liked it. The cheesy element made it work in a weird way. The locations were authentic from what I remember and the action was pretty good.

The scenes that stick in my mind are the crazies in the village, very funny, but almost creepy. I remember when he entered there were creepy noises, I was 11 yrs. old in '85. Also, the flagmen, dressed in colorful uniforms pointing the way to the next obstacle. I liked this movie and I remember it as a late night classic on HBO/Cinemax in the 80s. I hope cable brings it back with this release. If not, I will purchase it.

"Call me Snake"


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