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Gor II (1988)

Outlaw of Gor (original title)
PG-13 | | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | 21 March 1989 (USA)
An Earthman returns to the planet Gor, and fights against tyranny.

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Talena (as Rebecca Ferrati)
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Donna Denton ...
Queen Lara
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Watney Smith
Nigel Chipps ...
Midget Hup
Alex Heyns ...
Elder
Tullio Moneta ...
Ost (as Tulio Moneta)
Larry Taylor ...
Marlenus
Michael Brunner ...
Targus
Michelle Clarke ...
Vera
Christobel d'Ortez ...
Alicia
Natasha Piotrowski ...
Lady Tima
Nicole De Gruchy ...
Leather Lady
Martina Brockschmidt ...
Barbarian Woman
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Better known as "Outlaw" to those of you who watch the TV show "Mystery Science Theater 3000". It's about a beefy blonde and his oily friend Watney. They are teleported by a rose quartz because The Elder (he has no name, Just "The Elder") thinks that Xeno, the Priest by a clearly drunk Jack Palance, has eyes for the throne. Of course, Cabot cares nothing for such intrigue just for the Princess he had "ooh-la-la" with from the previous film "Gor". The Elder is off, though. It's the Queen who wants the throne for her own. Naturally, Watney is seduced by the Queen to implicate Cabot murdering the King, and Cabot and his platinum blonde midget friend escape off into the desert, where they free a slave girl and are just as quickly captured by a bounty hunter. The Princess is forced, meanwhile, by the Queen to fight The Leather Women. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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The final scene is shot in South Africa. If you look at the cars they have the distinctive 'T' at the end of the license plates, indicating Transvaal (now Gauteng) Province. This places the filming somewhere in Johannesburg. See more »

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When Cabot fights several guards amidst a group of spectators, the fighter is clearly a double for actor Urbano Barberini. See more »

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Watney Smith: [repeatedly] Cabot!
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Referenced in Director of Gor: On Set with John 'Bud' Cardos (2014) See more »

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The first Gor was weak, the sequel's even worse
25 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The first Gor at least had the music score redeeming it a little even if nothing else worked, it also made the mistake of having on board two talented actors and wasting them both. Here in Outlaw of Gor, aka Gor II, the score is the closest the film gets to having any kind of energy, unfortunately it is almost inappropriately utilised and actually doesn't fit at all.

Outlaw of Gor is a really cheap-looking film, as with the first Gor the photography is constantly shoddy, the sets are drab and the costumes are a mix of the cheapest plastic armours and left-over-fabrics except to even worse effect. The script is incredibly juvenile, in a way that even a child would find insulting hearing it, and has no flow at all, you can actually feel the cornball awkwardness the actors clearly felt delivering it. The film is so thin plot-wise that you'd be forgiven if you thought there wasn't one, it's laboriously paced and doesn't even try to make sense- in fact the duller the film gets the more incomprehensible it gets too. The fight scenes and their choreography are even more artificial than the children's-playground-like ones in the first film, the editing is slapdash in the scenes, the choreography is unenthusiastic sloppiness all over and there's just no fun or tension or even life to them.

The characters have very little personality, just underdeveloped genre clichés really, and Outlaw of Gor has to have one of the most irritating comedy relief sidekicks of all time. To call the direction inept is an understatement and the acting is terrible across the board. This is including Jack Palance, who actually was a great actor who excelled in villain roles but you wouldn't think so here, here is his career worst performance and the only time where he looked bored and embarrassed. Particularly bad in the acting department were Urbano Barberini who once again tries to mask his lack of charisma and limited acting skills with cornball dialogue delivery and acting like a buffoon and it gets annoying, Donna Denton who screams her lines almost the entire time and it gets old quickly and Russell Savadier whose character is useless and irritating in the first place and his performance really grates on the nerves. Oddly enough despite Palance being the best known actor and actually having acting talent Rebecca Ferratti is the least bad, there's more life and expression than there was in her performance in the first film and she does light up the screen with her sexiness.

All in all, one of the worst sequels ever made, making the same major mistakes the first film did to even worse effect and makes more on the way. As extremely weak the first Gor was, it's Citizen Kane compared to this almost irredeemable follow-up. 1/10 Bethany Cox


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