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  (in credits order)

Michael Jackson ... Captain EO

Anjelica Huston ... The Supreme Leader

Dick Shawn ... Commander Bog

Tony Cox ... Hooter

Debbie Lee Carrington ... Idee (as Debbie Carrington)
Cindy Sorenson ... Geex (as Cindy Sorensen)

Gary DePew ... Major Domo
Kahea Bright ... Dancer
Donald Devoux ... Dancer

Cameron English ... Dancer
Bruno Falcon ... Dancer (as Bruno Falcon III)
Eric D. Henderson ... Dancer (as Eric Henderson)
Hugo Huizar ... Dancer
Evelyne Jezek ... Dancer (as Evelyn Jezek)

Ben Lokey ... Dancer
Lezlie Mogell ... Dancer
Stephen Nicholas ... Dancer

Mary Ann Hermansen ... Dancer (as Mary Oedy)
Beverly Shofner ... Dancer
Timothy Solomon ... Dancer
Kevin Bender ... Dancer

Janeen Damian ... Dancer (as Janeen Best)
Derrick Brice ... Dancer
Bill Burns ... Dancer
Alex Cole ... Dancer
Dennis Daniels ... Dancer
Felix Montano ... Dancer
Tony Fields ... Dancer
Forrest Gardner ... Dancer
Barry Lather ... Dancer
Reggie O'Gwin ... Dancer
Smith Wordes ... Dancer (as Smith Osborne)
Michelle Rudy ... Dancer
Darrel W. Wright ... Dancer (as Darrel Wright)
Timothy Scott ... Dancer (as Tim Scott)
James 'Jazzy' Everett ... Dancer (as James Everett)
Bobby Walker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Paul Scott Adamo ... Dancer
Fred Apolito ... Slave (uncredited)

Doug Benson ... Orange Dancer (uncredited)
Sheila Best ... Dancer (uncredited)

Gabriel Bologna ... Dancer (uncredited)
Renee Colette ... Dancer (uncredited)

Percy Rodrigues ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola 
Writing credits
George Lucas (screenplay) &
Rusty Lemorande (screenplay) &
Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay) (as Francis Coppola)

Produced by
Rusty Lemorande .... producer
George Lucas .... executive producer
Original Music by
James Horner 
Cinematography by
Peter Anderson 
Film Editing by
Lisa Fruchtman 
Walter Murch 
Production Design by
Geoffrey Kirkland  (as Geoffrey Alan Kirkland)
Set Decoration by
Cheryal Kearney 
John Sweeney 
Makeup Department
Lance Anderson .... special makeup effects
Rick Baker .... special makeup effects
Thomas R. Burman .... makeup artist: Princess/Witch (as Tom Burman)
Judy Crown .... head hairstylist
Bari Dreiband-Burman .... makeup artist: Princess/Witch (as Bari Drieband Burman)
Robert Hickman .... key makeup
Marlene Lipman .... body makeup
Elizabeth Rabe .... additional hair stylist
Mike Smithson .... sculptor, cosmetics
Rick Stratton .... makeup supervisor
Brian Wade .... special makeup effects artist
Michael Burnett .... special makeup effects assistant (uncredited)
Mike Menzel .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
John Romeyn .... production manager
Thomas P. Smith .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter L. Bergquist .... first assistant director (as Peter Lord Bergquist)
Dennis Capps .... second assistant director
Rusty Lemorande .... second unit director
Art Department
Edward Eyth .... concept designer
Emily Ferry .... property master
Steven Curtis Husch .... set dresser
Frederick Lietzman .... prop maker
Luigi Mugavero .... set dresser
Brian Hanish .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gary Clayton .... dialogue editor
Teresa Eckton .... sound effects editor
John Nutt .... dialogue editor
Douglas J. Schulman .... boom operator
Greg Smith .... sound recordist
Gary Summers .... sound effects mixer
Gary Rydstrom .... sound designer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lance Anderson .... constructor and co-designer: Hooter, the Geeks, Major Domo and Minor Domo
Rick Baker .... creator: Fuzzball effects
Tony Gardner .... special effects: Rick Baker crew
Tom Hester .... special effects: Rick Baker crew
George Paine .... special effects assistant
John Palmer .... special effects crew
Brick Price .... special effects
Mike Wever .... special effects technician
Kevin Pike .... special effects supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Tim Turner .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Harold Weed .... creature maker (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
William L. Arance .... airbrush artist
Eric Brevig .... visual effects supervisor: DQI
Rob Burton .... animation camera
Barry Cook .... effects animator
Gregg L. Daniel .... visual effects element controller
Selwyn Eddy .... visual effects cameraman: ILM
Harrison Ellenshaw .... special visual effects supervisor
John V. Fante .... visual effects camera: ILM
Jammie Friday .... rotoscope supervisor
Michael Gleason .... visual effects editor
Cyrene R. Houdini .... visual effects
Phil Huff .... miniature photography
Clint Hutchison .... visual effects element controller
Christopher Keith .... visual effects coordinator
Sam Longoria .... 65mm 3D animation camera engineer
Dennis Muren .... visual effects supervisor: ILM
Michael Olague .... visual effects crew
Jody Rogers .... visual effects
Randall Rudd .... digital effects director
Randall Rudd .... visual effects producer
Scott Santoro .... effects animator
Steve Slocomb .... visual effects
Joseph Thomas .... animation cameraman
James Valentine .... rotoscope
Greg Van der Veer .... optical supervisor
John T. Van Vliet .... effects animator
Steve Gawley .... supervising modelmaker: ILM (uncredited)
Kim Knowlton .... effects animator (uncredited)
Rick Taylor .... animation camera operator (uncredited)
Michael Cassidy .... stunts
Christopher Doyle .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Doug Byers .... electrician
C.W. Fallin .... camera technician
Sunny Johnson .... grip
Mako Koiwai .... first assistant camera
Cindy Kurland .... assistant camera
David Love .... lighting technician
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera
Vittorio Storaro .... lighting/photography consultant
Animation Department
Douglas Aberle .... claymation artist (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Steve Diggins .... on-line editor
Robert Grahamjones .... assistant editor
Victor Livingston .... associate editor
Bob Sarles .... apprentice editor
Rusty Lemorande .... additional editor (uncredited)
Music Department
John Barnes .... music arranger: vocals
Jerry Hey .... music arranger: horns
Craig Huxley .... Blaster Beam, Synth, Piano, Conductor
Michael Jackson .... composer: theme music
Shawn Murphy .... score mixer
Shawn Murphy .... scoring mixer
Tim Truman .... composer: additional music
James Horner .... conductor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tom Briggs .... driver
Other crew
Joanie Blum .... script supervisor
Allen Coulter .... puppeteer
Kimberly Edwards .... first assistant accountant
Darren Frankel .... puppeteer (as Darren Glenn Frankel)
Terri Hardin .... puppeteer
Tom Hester .... puppeteer
Jeffrey Hornaday .... choreographer
Michael Jackson .... choreographer
June Jordan .... stand-in
Heather Kindberg .... production assistant
Tim Lawrence .... puppeteer
Laura Levy .... puppeteer (as Laura R. Levy)
Helene Phillips .... assistant choreographer
Bruce Schwartz .... puppeteer (as Bruce Schwarz)
Steve Sleap .... puppeteer (as Steven F. Sleap)
Cheryl A. Stone .... production accountant
Lisa Sturz .... puppeteer (as Lisa A. Sturz)
Eric Weidman .... production assistant

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17 min
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The movie was shot at 30 frames-per-second as opposed to the industry-standard 24 frames-per-second.See more »
Continuity: As Captain EO dances towards toward the camera during the introduction for Another Part of Me, his crew is also dancing behind him, following him, however, in the next shot as turns completely around, his entire crew standing behind him as he starts to sing the song.See more »
[first lines]
Narrator:The Cosmos, a universe of good and evil, where a small group struggles to bring freedom to the countless worlds of despair. A rag-tag band lead by the infamous Captain EO.
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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A Fun and Applicable Movie, 10 January 2007
Author: arthurblenheim from Orlando

Captain EO is a much better film than anyone could have hoped. First off, I wish to remind people this a Disney-produced film. It was released into Epcot in 1986.

Epcot was a complete bore in 1986. Except for the area with the countries, nothing deserved the attention that Captain EO did. When I visited Epcot, this film was so fun, I went back to see it in the first day seven times. It's only 17 minutes long, so I had enough time to see it seven times. It's an exciting film: very immersing and fun.

It was directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and this film is as masterfully directed as Apocalypse Now and The Godfather, or anything else he's directed. It stars Michael Jackson.

It released in 1986, which was about six years into the Reagan Administration and "the moral majority." This film crashes right through that mentality to fulfill a much-needed statement about the future of the human race, and also of human enlightenment. It pits a contrast of meaningful and non-prejudiced life against a black-and-white drone mentality. The meaningful, non-prejudiced, and enlightened perspective is symbolized by the film's protagonist philosophy: the loudness of the film in its multi-racial (or rather multi-species) dance routines, the rainbow on the lead character's shirt, and the lead character dressed in a white uniform. The lead is played by Michael Jackson. The protagonist philosophy depicts the good, while the antagonist's philosophy is symbolized as the evil aspects of humanity, the drone mentality: the spider-appearance of the antagonist leader mostly in black is similar to H.R. Giger's Alien from a few years before, the black-and-white and gray color pallet, the German expressionism, the robots symbolizing the drone mentality and fascism, and the planet's metallic-refused surface for industrial advancements. The antagonist leader is played by Angelica Huston, a white woman.

Although this film appears to be a science fiction, it is similar to Star Wars in that they are both disconnected Westerns to some degree: the subject here is good versus evil as laid out by symbolism. This gives the film its weight. Or, it could be construed loosely as what happens to the inner universes of two people who fall in love, which could be symbolized by the protagonist being played by a black male star and the antagonist being played by a white female, although this idea isn't as developed as the former; but, both of them probably fit together somehow. It probably exemplifies the possibility of how the two could fit together when endured by love over hate. Love, not money, makes the world go 'round.

The reason Captain EO is a very good film is half because of the importance of its statement to all enlightened existences and half because of the quality in its direction, its expression, its submersion, the technicality of its cinema. The special effects rival films like this one showcased by theme parks today, and according to one source is the most expensive film ever made, by the minute, estimated at over one million dollars per minute of the movie.

Jackson performs two songs in the movie, "We are Here to Change the World" and "You're Just Another Part of Me." The latter track is on Jackson's music album "Bad" (1990) virtually the same way it is performed in the film. The other song does not exist in that form anywhere else; however, there is a song with this exact title on the album "Victory" (1984) by the Jacksons, an album on which Michael performs.

Although I have not seen the film in at least the thirteen years since Disney withdrew the film in 1994, I remember being wooed by it during my teenage years. Epcot was very boring, and this film amazed me: I saw it seven times that day I first saw it. It's in "3-D." The room had special effects. When Jackson's space vehicle lands on the planet, fog fills the audience and stage under the screen image. When a character shoots a laser gun, the explosions occur on the ceiling of the theater. When the spaceship travels through space, the entire room is filled with stars. Even though I haven't seen the film for a very long time, I remember it, and I remember what sitting the auditorium was like: I felt excited by all of it.

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