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Rainbow War (1985)

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Three kingdoms, floating separately in space, can each see the other nearby kingdoms but have no means to communicate or visit. Each has developed a fanatical obsession for a specific color... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Carre ...
Saffron Henderson ...
Red King
Simon Webb ...
Blue King
Michael Keller
David Bloom
Dan Zale
Stephen Dimopoulos
Lori Dungey
(as David Grove)
Michael Robinson


Three kingdoms, floating separately in space, can each see the other nearby kingdoms but have no means to communicate or visit. Each has developed a fanatical obsession for a specific color for clothing, architecture, and even plant life: one blue, one red, one golden. A forbidden inter-kingdom romance and a war of conquest ensues when a means of travel between the kingdoms is abruptly found. Written by Dave Heston <>

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This short film was screened at the Canadian Pacific Pavilion at Expo '86, held in Vancouver, British Columbia. See more »


Featured in Vancouver: Focus on Expo 86 (1986) See more »

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I would have loved to have acted in this film!!
20 September 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This short film might just be the coolest film in the world for the actors--that is, if they don't mind getting covered in gallons and gallons of paint! It looked like so much fun to be in the film and it's a lot of fun to watch.

RAINBOW WAR is an Oscar-nominated live action short from Canada. And, being a Canadian film, if you look carefully you might just recognize Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles among the extras (while Stiles is an American, he lived in Toronto at the time)--two of the wonderful regulars on "Whose Line is it?". I think Ryan's a yellow guy and Colin's a blue one--it's hard to tell--especially since the extras all sport wigs or hats and so you can't look for Colin's shiny scalp! The film is a very silly film that is appropriate for kids and adults alike. It's a fairy tale of sorts about three kingdoms that have never learned that the other two exist. Each is dedicated to one color alone--all other colors are banned. So, when a genius from the Yellow land makes a weird flying machine, he lands in the red land and is amazed. However, the Yellow Princess is NOT amused as ALL lands must be yellow! About the same time, a balloon with people from the Blue kingdom arrive as well--and demand that everyone become Blue! Soon, soldiers from all three worlds are involved in a funky and non-violent "war" where they are throwing buckets of paint on each other. After a while, however, the anger subsides and they start to see all the cool possibilities these new colors provide.

Overall, despite being a rather preachy premise, the film is so much fun you can't help but admire it. A nice film and you can easily understand its Oscar nomination. Oh, and by the way, no one talks in the film at all and it's silent other than its stirring soundtrack.

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