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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:
The Parmistani are a proud people. 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:
Tetchie Agbayani was a former Playboy model.See more »
Quotes:
Zamir:[throwing a sword at Cabot] Die, you bastard!See more »

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49 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
The Parmistani are a proud people., 3 January 2003
Author: El Dangeroso from Kalamazoo, MI

The best thing about "Gymkata" is that it takes itself very seriously. Actual men and women worked on this film with no intention of creating a hysterically abominable failure. Yet, despite a premise that fails to produce anything beyond derisive laughter, the project somehow landed financing.

Highlights include: The Khan of Parmistan, a man who looks like Albert Einstein with Carl Levin's comb-over. "The Town of the Crazies," a village of criminally insane people. A man who severs his own hand for no apparent reason in the aforementioned town. A man (also in that town) who wears a cloak with the back cut out to reveal his buttocks. The oft-repeated location, "Karabal, on the Caspian Sea." The title card that lets us know when we've arrived at "Karabal, on the Caspian Sea." Princess Rubali and her odd fascination with cutlery. A man named "Thorg," who has been admired by the hero "since Munich." An actual line of dialogue that refers to "a nightmare in hell." The five punch/kick sound effects that get recycled beyond believability. A character who presumably fell to his death in a gaping, barren canyon only to have his fall "broken by some trees." The random placement of gymnastics apparatuses. The complete lack of resolution to numerous dangling plot points. Kurt Thomas's wardrobe and haircut. The men working at "The Salt Mines," who just poke a large pile of refined salt with hoes. Also, we get the privilege of seeing a shadowy government agent push away a gymnastics groupie who tries to get too close to a post-dismount Kurt Thomas.

If you happen across this movie, you must watch it. "Gymkata" stands as an example of what happens when no one offers a dissenting opinion anywhere in the filmmaking process. This is a technique that was later revealed in Joel Schumacher's "Batman & Robin."

"Gymkata" fulfills every expectation you may have of a film combining gymnastics and ninjitsu. Plenty of gymnastics, plenty of ninjitsu. See it with a friend and enjoy its many failures. All hail "Gymkata!"

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