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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)

PG-13  |   |  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 {}

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

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Release Date:

19 April 1996 (USA)  »

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MST 3000: The Movie  »

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$1,000,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Tom Servo says, "Oh, they're flying into a Roger Dean album cover." Roger Dean designed many of Yes's album covers, starting with 1972's "Fragile," many of which look like the scene in This Island Earth (1955) that Mike and the bots were watching at the time. See more »


While attempting to remove the Hubble Space Telescope from the Satellite of Love's hull, Mike's face is very sweaty in every close shot - but bone dry in every interspersed long shot of him as he controls the "Manos" manipulator arms. See more »


Mike Nelson: [as a Postman delivers a letter] Sort this, deliver that, I'll make 'em all pay.
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Crazy Credits

When the "Thanks" credits comes up, Crow says, "While we're thanking people, I'd like to thank a guy named Earl." See more »


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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5 May 2009 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Mystery Science Theater 3000, anyone who is a fan of this show is a friend of mine, it's a great show for any movie buff. The reason why the show is so loved is because it does what we always want to do or say during a really bad movie. So naturally the successful show that was created on Comedy Central wanted to do a movie about our favorite sarcastic robots. Was the movie a success? Not so much, but doesn't mean that this movie is bad at all, in fact, it's a great one to watch. My only disappointment? I think was just the fact that this was just like any other episode, there was nothing really too special about it to make it stand out as a movie. Secondly, I've seen funnier episodes than this movie. I'm not dissing the movie, because this is still completely worth the watch.

Mike, Tom and Gypsy are startled to find Crow deep in the lower sections of the Satellite of Love, pounding at the hull with various digging instruments. He has convinced himself that he can tunnel back to Earth, he tells them. Checking his digging calculations, Crow discovers that he already knew this was inevitable: Look at that, Breach Hull, All Die. Even had it underlined! They return to the Bridge, as Dr. Forrester announces that he is about to make them watch the 1955 classic sci-fi thriller This Island Earth in an attempt to break their wills. In Mystery Science Theater 3000 tradition, we are in for a good ride as they mock this silly clichéd 50's sci fi film with no mercy.

I do love the film that they picked This Island Earth, while in some sense it is a fun little sci fi classic, probably the first movie that I saw before I ever saw it on Mystery Science Theater 3000, it still is really cheesy and fun to make fun of. I just love at the end where the alien is trying to protect our two main characters away from the monster and for some odd reason he just lightly blocks the two people away from the monster as Mike points out "ACTING!", lol! Obviously fans of the show are going to see this movie, it's a little girt to the fans I think in some sense, I wish they had a few more cameos and could've gone a little bigger, but it's all good. For those who don't know the premise of the show, this is a funny movie, the people that I've introduced the show too have mixed reviews, a few loved it a few didn't really like it, so it's one of those movies you'll have to decide for yourself.


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