IMDb > "Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future" (1987)
"Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future"
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany creditsepisode listepisodes castepisode ratings... by rating... by votes
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsmessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summaryplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

"Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future" (1987) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1987-

Photos (See all 8 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
7.8/10   716 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 14% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Contact:
View company contact information for Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future on IMDbPro.
Seasons:
1
Release Date:
1 September 1987 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A group of guerilla fighters battle the evil machine forces that dominate a future Earth. Full summary »
Awards:
4 wins & 7 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(10 articles)
Cancelled TV Shows That Should Continue in Comic Form
 (From SoundOnSight. 25 June 2013, 11:17 AM, PDT)

Exclusive: Director Steven Kostanski Talks Manborg
 (From MovieWeb. 1 May 2013, 4:35 PM, PDT)

Listen Now: A GeekCast Radio Network Update
 (From Blogomatic3000. 13 December 2011, 1:02 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
Gone, but not forgotten, a jewel of 80's Sci Fi TV See more (21 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 12 of 17)
Tim Dunigan ... Captain Jonathan Power (22 episodes, 1987-1988)

Peter MacNeill ... Major Matthew 'Hawk' Masterson (22 episodes, 1987-1988)

Sven-Ole Thorsen ... Lieutenant Michael 'Tank' Ellis (22 episodes, 1987-1988)

Maurice Dean Wint ... Sergeant Robert 'Scout' Baker (22 episodes, 1987-1988)

Jessica Steen ... Corporal Jennifer 'Pilot' Chase (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Hemblen ... Lord Dread / ... (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Brad Crandall ... Opening narration (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Deryck Hazel ... Soaron (16 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tedd Dillon ... Overmind (15 episodes, 1987-1988)

John S. Davies ... Blastarr (12 episodes, 1987-1988)

Bruce Gray ... Mentor / ... (11 episodes, 1987-1988)

Don Francks ... Lacchi (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
(more)

Series Directed by
Otta Hanus (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jorge Montesi (6 episodes, 1987-1988)
Douglas Williams (3 episodes, 1987)
Mario Azzopardi (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Writing credits
Gary Goddard (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
J. Michael Straczynski (14 episodes, 1987-1988)
Lawrence G. DiTillio (6 episodes, 1987-1988)
Marc Scott Zicree (3 episodes, 1987)
Michael Reaves (2 episodes, 1987)
Christy Marx (2 episodes, 1988)

Tony Christopher (unknown episodes)
Gerry Davis (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
John Copeland .... associate producer (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Gary Goddard .... executive producer (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ian McDougall .... producer (22 episodes, 1987-1988)

John Danylkiw .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Douglas Netter .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Gary Guttman (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Cinematography by
Peter Benison (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Paul Kirsch (4 episodes, 1987)
Ion Webster (3 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Production Design by
John Iacovelli (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Susan Longmire (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Donald Mowat .... makeup department head (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Forbes Candlish .... production executive: Landmark Entertainment Group (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Danylkiw .... production supervisor (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Leslie Levine .... production executive (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Joe Morrison .... production executive (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Weems .... production executive (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Lisa Atkinson .... post-production supervisor (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff J.J. Authors .... first assistant director (22 episodes, 1987-1988)

Brenda J. Bradley .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Carlos Caneca .... trainee assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Eric Chu .... storyboard artist (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Edward Eyth .... designer (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Flagg .... storyboard artist (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Emil Glassbourg .... assistant property master (8 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Sound Department
Frank Morrone .... sound re-recording mixer (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
James Porteous .... sound re-recording mixer (22 episodes, 1987-1988)

Clark Graff .... sound designer (unknown episodes)
Phil Rodrigues .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
John Palmer .... special effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Lisa Atkinson .... visual effects and post production supervisor (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Rob Coleman .... animation/live action coordinator: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Joshua Cushner .... technical director: miniatures (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Joseph D'Cruz .... production computing: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Paula Duborg .... video operations: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jefferson Eliot .... director of visual effects / visual effects supervisor (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Dale Fay .... supervisor of stage miniatures / chief model maker (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Julia Gibson .... unit manager: miniatures (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Paul Griffin .... animation director: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Toby Heindel .... supervisor of miniature photography / camera: miniatures (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Earl Huddleston .... creative director: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Mike Huffman .... animator: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Hall Hutchison .... supervisor: motion control photography, Hollywood Tokyo Film Group (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Jones .... miniatures construction supervisor / miniatures supervisor (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jenniffer Julich .... storyboards director/coordinator: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tex Kadonaga .... modelling: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jerry M.C. Kopan .... programming/systems director: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Vance Loen .... video consultant: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Gene Miller .... technical director: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Brick Price .... supervisor: miniature construction, Wonderworks (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Stephen Price .... associate producer: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert E. Robbins .... producer: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Scheele .... supervisor: motion control photography, Hollywood Tokyo Film Group (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert D.M. Smith .... animator: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert Stromberg .... matte paintings (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ken Swenson .... supervisor: miniature construction, Wonderworks (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ron Thornton .... miniatures construction supervisor / chief model maker (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Andrew Varty .... senior animator: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Bob Wiggins .... unit manager: miniatures (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Sylvia Wong .... senior animator: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Altman .... first assistant camera: miniatures (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Pierre Champoux .... miniatures assistant (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Brian Howald .... visual effects artist (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Jackson .... lead model maker (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Alan Kennedy .... visual effects artist (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Paul Kirsch .... visual effects editor (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Mike McDonald .... gaffer: miniatures (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ernest Mordak .... visual effects editor (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Mary Ann Simmons .... miniatures assistant (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Doug Mielke .... visual effects editor (11 episodes, 1988)
Dennis Pike .... camera: miniatures (10 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Stunts
Steve Lucescu .... stunt rigger / utility stunts (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Dennis Lundin .... stunts (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunt double (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
Dan Redford .... stunt performer (11 episodes, 1987)

Roy T. Anderson .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Matt Birman .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Shelley Cook .... stunt performer / utility stunts (unknown episodes)
Branko Racki .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce Macaulay .... still photographer (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Christian Murray .... grip (7 episodes, 1988)

Michael Auger .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Christophe Bonnière .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Richard Gaal .... best boy electric: second unit (unknown episodes)
Attila Szalay .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Animation Department
Les Major .... senior animator: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Mark Mayerson .... senior animator: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Casting Department
Ramsay King .... casting: USA (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sara Schilt .... wardrobe assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Lisa Atkinson .... post-production coordinator (10 episodes, 1987)
Paul Kirsch .... post-production: Motion Picture Video Corp. (10 episodes, 1987)
Doug Mielke .... post-production: Motion Picture Video Corp. (10 episodes, 1987)
Ernest Mordak .... post-production: Motion Picture Video Corp. (10 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Music Department
John Debney .... conductor (unknown episodes)
Yuri Gorbachow .... music editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Evelyn Baker .... production coordinator: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Gary Goddard .... creative consultant (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
J. Michael Straczynski .... executive story consultant (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Thornton .... director of post production (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Sheldon S. Wiseman .... business consultant / executive consultant (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tony Christopher .... creative consultant (11 episodes, 1987)
Douglas Netter .... creative consultant (11 episodes, 1987)

Susan Haller .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
30 min (22 episodes)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Each episode cost an estimated US$1 million.See more »
Quotes:
Opening narration:Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future. Earth, 2147. The legacy of the Metal Wars, when man fought machine and machines won. Bio-Dreads, monstrous creations that hunt down human survivors and digitize them. Volcania, center of the Bio-Dread empire...See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Captain Power: The Beginning (1989) (TV)See more »

FAQ

Will there ever be a remake of this television show?
See more »
11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Gone, but not forgotten, a jewel of 80's Sci Fi TV, 6 February 2001
Author: kurgan-10 from IA, USA

I loved this show as a kid. Granted it is a bit short (20 mins per episode) but it was big budget and had some pretty mature themes for a "family" program (which made it appealing to children and adults).

Great fun even today, though it can be a bit campy at times. Unfortunately the VHS tapes are out of print, but you can trade them with other collector's on ebay (which is where I got some of mine). This was way ahead of its time, and fell out of favor because of stupid controversy (that it was "too violent" and that it somehow forced people to buy more toys.. ). In addition to the show there were "Training Episodes" made exclusively for the interactive home market. These tapes were basically shooting galleries much like the arcade rail shooters (a la "Area 51") featuring mostly animated effects.

It would be awesome (but somewhat unlikely) if the series was released in all its glory on lucious DVD (all 22 episodes, plus the gag-reel, character bios, interviews, and how about the Interactive Ship/Guns as an added bonus?).

The series ended on a rather dark note; a second season was planned but never aired. There was also a short "film" made using some stock footage for effects (since they were low on funds at this time) and supposedly new storyline (I haven't seen it). I have seen a PAL tape up for auction called "Dread's Revenge" that supposedly picks up where the last episode left off, but I don't know if this is any different than the "film" version of Captain Power that was posted on IMDB.

One of the biggest innovations of this tv phenomenon is that you could fire at the screen during the show at various "targets" (on the chests of the bad guys mostly) to score points, and when they fired back, you had to shoot their shots, or else you got hit. Even without the toys, the show rocked. It had humor, tons of action, and great special effects for the time. The show captured the post apocalyptic future very well.

Critics like Ebert gave it high marks. I think if the parent groups would have realized that the show was just a live action video game, no different than dozens of other shows out there (except for that fact that most of the others were all animated). The show was still great even without the toys (though the toys are great icing on the cake), and it often had good moral messages (war is hell, violence should be avoided if a peaceful solution is available, human lives are more important than machines, greed and lust for power leads to suffering, and about working together to solve problems). Finally, the characters were likeable, and the plots were interesting.

While the show owes much to the likes of Terminator, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica, it has influenced other science fiction movies and shows over the years, including Star Trek: the Next Generation (compare Lord Dread to the evil Borg), and RoboCop (does that armor not look familiar?). ; )

Still great after all these years...

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (21 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for "Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future" (1987)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Man, I miss this show ilovemyshotgun
Where can we find it? diogorccarvalho
DVD? fillem
Eden 2 powersroc
Two 'Soldiers' in recent episode of TV show Flashpoint Tom444
Did the lights give any kids seizures? roximunro
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Terminator Salvation Transformers Logan's Run Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines The Matrix Reloaded
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Episode guide Full cast and crew Company credits
External reviews News articles IMDb TV section
IMDb Action section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.

You may add a new episode for this TV series by clicking the 'add episode' button