A martial artist hunts a killer in a plague-infested urban dump of the future.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Klyn ...
Blaise Loong ...
Furman Vux / Pirate / Bandit
Brick Bardo (as Rolf Muller)
Haley Peterson ...
Terrie Batson ...
Jackson 'Rock' Pinckney ...
Tytus / Pirate / Bandit
Janice Graser ...
Robert Pentz ...
Base / Pirate / Bandit
Sharon K. Tew ...
Prather / Pirate / Bandit
Chuck Allen ...
Vondo / Pirate / Bandit
Stefanos Miltsakakis ...
Xylo / Pirate / Bandit


Gibson Rickenbacker is a hired fighter living in a plague-ravaged apocalyptic America where a plague has infested most of the United States and the rest of the world. In New York City, Gibson encounters a woman named Pearl Prophet. Pearl reveals to Gibson that she is a cyborg who is carrying vital-information for a group of scientists in Atlanta who are working on a cure to the plague and Pearl hires Gibson to escort her back to Atlanta. But Pearl is kidnapped by "Pirates" a murderous gang led by Fender Tremolo, who wants the cure for themselves and they decide to take Pearl to Atlanta themselves. Gibson, joined by a young woman named Nady Simmons, goes in pursuit of Fender and his gang, as Gibson sets out to rescue Pearl, stop Fender and his gang from reaching Atlanta and defeat Fender who slaughtered Gibson's family. Written by Daniel Williamson

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's the First Hero of the 21st Century...And He's Our Only Hope.


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Release Date:

7 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Masters of the Universe 2  »

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)


$10,166,459 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was conceived to use the costumes and sets built both for an intended sequel of Masters of the Universe (1987) and a live action 'Spider-Man' film. Both projects were planned to shoot simultaneously by Albert Pyun. After Cannon Films, the production company, had to cancel deals with both Mattel and Marvel because of their financial troubles, they needed to recoup the money spent on both projects. So Pyun wrote the story "Cyborg" from two other previous scripts he had called "Johnny Guitar" and "Alex Rain". Some network television channels still give the film's title as 'Masters of the Universe 2: Cyborg' which often confuses many into thinking a sequel to that film was made. See more »


(at around 45 mins) When Van Damme is fighting in the rain, he kicks the pirate a few times then does a spin kick. When he finishes through and land you can see him fall to one knee. A split second later shot shows him standing up. See more »


Pearl Prophet: Why did you help me?
Gibson Rickenbacker: I thought it was somebody else.
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Followed by Cyborg Nemesis: The Dark Rift See more »

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A Super Cool Action Movie!
28 September 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Prior to this movie's release back in the day, I can still vividly recall the trailer showing up in the mix of many a television advert, and truth to tell, every time I watched the trailer, I just needed to see this film.

As many films of this kind, the theatrical release was severely short lived, that being said, when this movie made it's bow on video, I practically sprinted to my local video store to hire it, now back in 1989 I had just turned eighteen, and I had just developed a fixation for any movie that had anything remotely involving kick boxing or martial arts of any description.

As the years have passed, such a fixation has since passed, but my enjoyment for this movie has never waned, it was at that time my first experience of a JCVD movie as well as movie being directed by the much maligned Albert Pyun.

Having practically watched everything that Messrs Van Damme & Pyun have made throughout their careers since, for me personally, this movie is the pinnacle of both their collective talents, granted Van Damme was just starting out, the only worthwhile film I seen him in since was the very cool 'Wake Of Death' and as for Albert Pyun, his career has really been more hit than miss, and going by his IMDb web page, littered with just a little too much controversy.

That aside, collectively, the whole show on display here rocks, granted the whole premise revolves around redemption and revenge in equal measure, Van Damme's lack of understanding in the English department, Pyun's visual eye more than compensates, plus he really does choreograph a good fight scene.

I read somewhere many years ago, that if Pyun had got his way, his vision of Cyborg would have been that of a black and white rock opera, now as he was at that time under the wing of Messrs Golan & Globus at Cannon Pictures, such a thing was never going to happen, especially as they were experiencing money problems, so a huge sigh of relief for all concerned.

As the years have rolled by, this movie hasn't aged one little bit, and any time I find it lurking in the television schedules, I always recall that first time I watched the trailer, the excitement, the hope that this was going to be something more than just another action movie....

Simply put, back then and to this day, this is a super cool action movie, plus Vince Klyn for all his over the top antics makes one helluva screen villain.


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