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Gymkata -- An American citizen is recruited by the government to take on a secret mission in an Asian country, where he participates in a challenge to the death against deadly martial arts masters.


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Charles Robert Carner (screenplay)
Dan Tyler Moore (novel)
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Release Date:
3 May 1985 (USA) See more »
A new kind of martial arts combat! See more »
Johnathan Cabot is a champion gymnast. In the tiny, yet savage, country of Parmistan, there is a perfect spot for a "star wars" site... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Kurt Thomas ... Jonathan Cabot
Tetchie Agbayani ... Princess Rubali

Richard Norton ... Zamir
Edward Bell ... Paley
John Barrett ... Gomez
Conan Lee ... Hao
Bob Schott ... Thorg

Buck Kartalian ... The Kahn
Eric Lawson ... Colonel Cabot
Sonny Barnes ... Western Trainer

Tadashi Yamashita ... Eastern Trainer
Sharan Lea ... Connie
Zlatko Pokupec ... Mackle (as Z. Pokupec)
Slobodan Dimitrijevic ... Tamerlane (as S. Dimitrijevic)
Ivo Kristof ... Brockschmidt (as I. Kristof)

Directed by
Robert Clouse 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Robert Carner  screenplay
Dan Tyler Moore  novel "The Terrible Game"

Produced by
Rebecca Poole .... associate producer
Fred Weintraub .... producer
Original Music by
Alfi Kabiljo 
Cinematography by
Godfrey A. Godar (director of photography) (as Godfrey Godar)
Film Editing by
Robert A. Ferretti 
Production Design by
Veljko Despotovic 
Art Direction by
William Maynard 
Nemanja Petrovic 
Set Decoration by
Sherree Stivers 
Costume Design by
Drago Habazin 
Makeup Department
Alison Grant .... makeup artist (as Allyson Grant)
Lamberto Marini .... makeup artist (as Lumberto Marini)
Angelo Mattei .... makeup artist (as Angelo Matei)
Production Management
Richard De Labio .... production manager (as Richard Delabio)
Boris Gregoric .... production manager
Dgorjan Tuzija .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Greg Logan .... second assistant director
Kathy McGunnis .... second assistant director
Vladimir Spindler .... first assistant director
Branislav Brana Srdic .... second assistant director (as Brana Srdic)
Dinko Tucakovic .... assistant director: Yugoslavia
Art Department
Milorad Kalanj .... property buyer
Sound Department
Richard Dwan Jr. .... dialogue editor
Richard Dwan Jr. .... sound designer
Richard Dwan Jr. .... sound effects editor
Jay M. Harding .... sound re-recording mixer
Marvin Kerner .... sound effects editor
William L. McCaughey .... sound re-recording mixer (as William McCaughey)
Lee Milliner .... sound mixer
Ray O'Reilly .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Peter Dawson .... special effects supervisor
Terry Glass .... special effects
Marijan Karoglan .... pyrotechnician
Mladen Markovic .... special effects technician
Steve Purcell .... special effects
Petar Buntic .... stunt coordinator (as Peter Buntic)
Petar Buntic .... stunts (as Peter Buntic)
Richard Norton .... fights choreographer
Daniel Price .... stunts
Aldo Toncic .... stunts
Domagoj Vukusic .... stunts (as T. Vukusic)
Camera and Electrical Department
Pete Gillette .... key grip
Stjepan Klen .... key grip
Malcolm MacIntosh .... camera operator
Tihomir Marcius .... chief lighting technician
Michael Michaud .... still photographer (as Mike Michaud)
Viktor Penezic .... assistant camera
Ward Ryan .... still photographer
Dennis Sherwood .... chief lighting technician
Casting Department
Zoran Dragovic .... casting director: Croatia
Editorial Department
Roger Bondelli .... additional editor
Mel Friedman .... additional editor
Jody Grant .... assistant editor
Ranko Paukovic .... assistant editor
Ruth Zucker Wald .... apprentice editor
Ruth Zucker Wald .... assistant editor
Location Management
Milan Cvetkovic-Ciga .... location manager (as Milan Cvetkovic)
Music Department
Alfi Kabiljo .... conductor
Petko Kantardzijev .... music engineer (as Petko Kantardziev)
Scott Stambler .... music editor
Transportation Department
Mladen Cernjak .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Zrinka Anic .... production coordinator (as Zrinka Buljan)
John Barrett .... fight stager
Alisse Kingsley .... production assistant
Drago Klincic .... accountant
Scott Norris .... production assistant
Ken Swerilas .... production accountant
Kathryn Weygand .... script supervisor

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90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Christopher Atkins was considered for the male lead.See more »
Zamir:[setting fire to the rope on which Cabot is climbing] Burn, you bastard!See more »
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Forgotten gem, 2 February 2007
Author: tobikanoby from United States

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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