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Director:
Writers:
Charles Robert Carner (screenplay)
Dan Tyler Moore (novel)
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Release Date:
3 May 1985 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The skill of gymnastics, the kill of karate. See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A Hilariously Bad Movie See more (64 total) »

Cast

  (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 
 
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
Angelo Mattei .... makeup artist
 
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 .... production sound and sound effects editor: fight sequences
Ray O'Reilly .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Peter Dawson .... special effects
Terry Glass .... special effects
Marijan Karoglan .... pyrotechnician
Mladen Markovic .... special effects technician
Steve Purcell .... special effects
 
Stunts
Petar Buntic .... stunt coordinator
Petar Buntic .... stunts
Richard Norton .... fights choreographer
Daniel Price .... stunts
Aldo Toncic .... stunts
Domagoj Vukusic .... stunts (as T. Vukusic)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Malcolm MacIntosh .... camera operator
Tihomir Marcius .... electrician
Viktor Penezic .... assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Zoran Dragovic .... casting director: Croatia
 
Editorial Department
Roger Bondelli .... additional editor
Mel Friedman .... additional editor
Ranko Paukovic .... assistant editor
 
Transportation Department
Mladen Cernjak .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Zrinka Anic .... production coordinator (as Zrinka Buljan)
John Barrett .... fight stager
Drago Klincic .... accountant
 

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Runtime:
90 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Richard Norton who plays the villain Zahmir in the film, was also the stunt coordinator and choreographer on the film was well.See more »
Quotes:
Colonel Cabot:[wounded] Win, Johnny...See more »

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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A Hilariously Bad Movie, 7 January 2000
Author: Mr. Pulse from Syracuse, NY

How this movie escaped the wrath of MST3K I'll never know. "Gymkata" is a ridiculous action movie, filled (or is that empty?) with paper-thin plots, dumb characters, and preposterous situations. But take it from me, if you enjoy watching poor, yet goofy, movies, you will enjoy "Gymkata" a great deal.

The action centers around a gymnast who is chosen by government agents (at least I think they were government agents) to become a spy. You see his dad was another quasi-government agent, who has gone missing competing in this game, called, eloquently, "The Game." So the gymnast (played blandly by Kurt Thomas) trains to compete in this game and find out what happened to his lost dad.

Sounds promising doesn't it? Okay, so it doesn't but still, that bare bones plot sypnopsis doesn't begin to describe the joys of this movie. They can be found in the movie's strange details. Like the gymnast's mysterious Asian girlfriend, who doesn't speak for the first half hour of the movie, then all of a sudden begins to talk, and doesn't shut up for the rest of the time! Or the really tough shirtless bad guy who likes to make and break "The Game"'s non-existent rules whenever he so pleases. And of course there's our hero's delightful romp through the "Village of The Crazies" (Evidently that's the place's real name!). Nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.

But where this movie really shines is the action scenes. Since our protagonist is a gymnast, the director thought it wise to stick gymnastic equipment into the back alleys and town squares of Middle Eastern cities, so that our Gymkata master would be better able to use his gymnast skills to fight the scourge of evil on parallel bars and pummel horses. It has to be seen to be believed.

One interesting thing of note. A lot, I'd say about half the cast, dies from being shot with an arrow. Interesting because the arrows are the only believable effects or action in the entire movie. If these were indeed effects, my one major note of compliment to whoever devised these very realistic arrows wounds. More likely, this was the film's way of not paying extras. Nevertheless, "Gymkata" deserves a look if you can see it without paying and are looking for some silliness that is an easy target for riffing.

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