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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 »
The skill of gymnastics, the kill of karate. 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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This film deserves (a lot) more credit See more (66 total) »


  (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 .... assistant editor
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
Milan Cvetkovic-Ciga .... location manager (as Milan Cvetkovic)
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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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 »
Thorg:[stepping out from behind some trees] The finish line for you, is right here, Cabot.
Jonathan Cabot:Out of the way, Thorg.
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29 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
This film deserves (a lot) more credit, 7 July 2005
Author: marcjones78 from United Kingdom

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 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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