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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)

 -  Comedy | Sci-Fi  -  19 April 1996 (USA)
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Mike Nelson and his robot companions watch and give their comments about "This Island Earth".

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The mad and evil scientist, Dr. Clayton Forrester, has created an evil little scheme that is bound to give him world global domination but first thing's first. He plans to torment Mike Nelson and the robots by sending them a real stinker of a film to watch called, "This Island Earth." He is convinced that this movie will drive them insane. And since the guys cannot control when the movie begins or ends, they are forced to witness the true horror that is this awful movie that has a lobster creature dressed in slacks. But will this be the ultimate cheese that breaks the boys' spirits? It's up to one test subject's quick wit, sharp sense of humor, and utter intolerance for cinematic garbage to foil the plans of the scientist and to save the Earth. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual humor | See all certifications »

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$1,000,000 (USA)
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When Universal originally released the movie, they thought that a limited release in a select group of "college towns" (where they believed MST3K was most appreciated) over a longer period of time would lead to a box office bonanza and keep it from having to compete with the early summer blockbusters like Twister (1996) and Mission: Impossible (1996). Instead, very few fans of the show were even aware that the movie had been released and the film languished in relative obscurity throughout the spring and early summer. This was the first (and last) time that Universal attempted such a plan. See more »

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Mike folds the newspaper twice. See more »

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[on approaching the planet Metaluna]
Mike: Eww, it's Michael Stipe's head!
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At the end, where the country of first publication is, Mike and the 'Bots chime: CROW: Country of first publication United States of America. Offer void in Utah. MIKE: Children under 12, their families and employees are prohibited in taking part in this contest. SERVO: If not fully satisfied with this movie, please return unused portion for a full refund. See more »

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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Love Theme From Mystery Science Theater 3000
Music by Charlie Erickson and Joel Hodgson
Arranged and Performed by Dave Alvin (as David Alvin)
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Excellent Example of How Studio Interference Severely Tarnishes a Brilliant Idea
29 May 2004 | by (parts unknown) – See all my reviews

Let's get things straight right off the bat: I LOVE Mystery Science Theater 3000! It was, is, and forever will be my favorite television show of all time, in all its incarnations. And the movie is very funny and good and you should see it.

That said...

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (hereafter called MST3K:TM for time-saving purposes) could of been a LOT better than it was, and it's NOT the fault of the folks at Best Brains, Inc. (The production company that made the TV show, hereafter called BBI). I place the blame entirely on the fine (HA!) folks at Universal, who forced several changes to the movie and it's wonderful riffing, forcing the folks at BBI to "dumb down" their product, mess with their tried-and-true break format, and shoot an entirely different (and stupid, compared to the original) ending, as well as trimming it down to 74 minutes (because at 88, it was TOO LONG! As Servo would say "...the HELL?) When you come right down to it, BBI makes MST3K one way, and the studio told them to do it a different way. And ANY other way is the WRONG way! I really wish that BBI had held out for an offer with more creative control, but if ifs and buts were candy and nuts, etc. I don't blame BBI for taking the offer, but the selfish part of me would of rather the film never got made than compromised so radically. Then the realist in me tells me to be grateful that it DID get made, and succeeds (somewhat) in spite of (and believe me, not BECAUSE of) the restrictions placed on it. 4 stars to the fine folks at BBI, -1,000 stars to Universal, 2 1/2 stars to the movie itself. It hurts me to say that about the movie, but it's true.


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