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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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Complete credited cast:
Kurt Thomas ...
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Edward Bell ...
John Barrett ...
Conan Lee ...
Hao
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Eric Lawson ...
Colonel Cabot
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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Action | Drama

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3 May 1985 (USA)  »

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Asia Mission  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,261,845 (USA) (5 March 1985)

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$5,730,596 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The word "gymkata" which refers to Kurt Thomas' fighting style is never actually mentioned in the film. 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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This movie is a cult CLASSIC!
23 January 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Seriously, this movie is completely under appreciated as a mid-80's cult classic. It's absurd plot and wooden performances are what make the film so likeable. If you watch "Gymkata" expecting to see a solid performance by an Olympic gymnast, then you are missing the allure this film has on so many 28-35 year old men that secretly rent this title at least once a year ... for a good laugh. The movie is funny because it's so bad and takes itself so seriously. Enjoy it. Stop analyzing it as of it were ever intended to be a cinematic masterpiece. Bad movies deserve good ratings because they are so unintentionally funny. So, rent Gymkata, Glitter, and any movie with Julia Stiles, sit back, relax, and marvel at the unintentional comedy.


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