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21 June 1996 (Brazil) See more »
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Mike Nelson and his robot companions watch and give their comments about This Island Earth (1955). Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Trace Beaulieu ... Dr. Clayton Forrester / Crow T. Robot

Michael J. Nelson ... Mike Nelson
Jim Mallon ... Gypsy

Kevin Murphy ... Tom Servo
John Brady ... Benkitnorf
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Faith Domergue ... (archive footage: "This Island Earth")

Lance Fuller ... (archive footage: "This Island Earth")

Russell Johnson ... (archive footage: "This Island Earth")
Robert Nichols ... (archive footage: "This Island Earth")

Regis Parton ... (archive footage: "This Island Earth")

Rex Reason ... (archive footage: "This Island Earth")

Directed by
Jim Mallon 
Writing credits
Michael J. Nelson (written by) &
Trace Beaulieu (written by) &
Jim Mallon (written by) &
Kevin Murphy (written by) and
Mary Jo Pehl (written by) &
Paul Chaplin (written by) &
Bridget Jones (written by)

Joel Hodgson (television series "Mystery Science Theater 3000")

Produced by
Trace Beaulieu .... associate producer
Jim Mallon .... producer
Kevin Murphy .... associate producer
Original Music by
Billy Barber 
Cinematography by
Jeff Stonehouse 
Film Editing by
Bill Johnson 
Production Design by
Jef Maynard 
Art Direction by
Rando Schmook (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Blakesley Clapp 
Costume Design by
Linda Froiland 
Makeup Department
Andrea Jackson DuCane .... hair stylist
Andrea Jackson DuCane .... makeup artist
Glen P. Griffin .... special makeup effects artist (as Glen Griffin)
Robert I. Phillips .... special makeup effects artist
Crist Ballas .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Julie Hartley .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marie Domingo .... first assistant director
Bix Skahill .... second assistant director
Art Department
Crist Ballas .... prop builder
Todd Billings .... art department intern
Patrick Brantseg .... property master
John Alan Champion .... carpenter (as John A. Champion)
Nance Derby .... lead scenic
Sam Dodge .... carpenter
Helena Espinosa .... prop builder
Norine Joy Francis .... painter
Tim Hanson .... carpenter
Justin Heglund .... art department intern
Jim Kindt .... carpenter
Danica King .... property assistant
Rich Larson .... storyboard artist
Dale Mather .... prop builder
Christian Nielsen .... painter
Leah M. Otto .... property assistant
Steven J. Pratt .... carpenter
Mark Raymond .... construction foreman (as Mark E. Raymond)
Rando Schmook .... construction coordinator
John Sjogren .... carpenter
Gravis Stand .... art department intern
Stephen Sudbeck .... carpenter
Michael Charles Tousey .... art department intern
Dean Trisko .... prop builder
Wayne Wendland .... carpenter
Sound Department
Carrie Rand Bennett .... boom operator
Ken Hahn .... re-recording mixer
Joseph Just .... sound editor
Thomas A. Naunas .... production sound mixer
Thomas A. Naunas .... sound designer (as Tom Naunas)
Frederick G. Street .... supervising sound editor (as Fred Street)
Special Effects by
Eric D. Howell .... special effects (as Eric Howell)
Paul Murphy .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Trace Beaulieu .... model builder
William S. Conner .... optical effects (as William Conner)
David Emerson .... optical supervisor
Brian Griffin .... digital supervisor
Todd Hall .... optical effects
Randy H. Herget .... model builder
Peter Kuran .... optical and digital effects producer: silhouette, blue screen and wire removal (as Pete Kuran)
Kevin Kutchaver .... digital effects
Jo Martin .... effects editorial
Jacqueline Zietlow .... administrator (as Jaquilin Zietlow)
Camera and Electrical Department
Danielle Barr .... camera intern
Tamera Bloomberg-Winn .... camera intern
Slater Crosby .... first assistant camera
David Doyle .... gaffer
Christopher Engstrom .... camera loader
Chad G. Foehringer .... grip
L. Marie Ford .... best boy grip
Michael Handley .... additional grip/electric (as Michael 'Paco' Handley)
William H. Hobson .... additional grip/electric (as William Hobson)
Paul B. Johnson .... electrician
Bradley J. Keely .... video assistant
Michael Kienitz .... still photographer
Nick Lethert .... key grip
Tim McCusker .... additional grip/electric
Mike Mehsikomer .... additional grip/electric
David S. Pope .... dolly grip
Erik Rosenbluh .... camera intern (as Eric Rosenbluth)
Timothy M. Ryan .... electrician (as Tim Ryan)
Ramy M. Selim .... additional grip/electric
Joseph Slagerman .... best boy electric
Dean Von Bank .... additional grip/electric
Editorial Department
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Dave Keffer .... assistant editor (as David Keffer)
Other crew
Tom Adair .... video crew
Wendell Jon Andersson .... key production assistant
Patrick Brantseg .... puppet wrangler
Avelino Deleon .... production assistant: VCE
Daniel J. Dustin .... set medic (as Dan Dustin)
Helena Espinosa .... puppet wrangler
Sean Hartley Francis .... production assistant
Chrysa Freeman .... assistant production coordinator
Kurt W. Gensmer .... set medic (as Kurt Gensmer)
Ellen Hanten .... caterer
Hank Hanten .... caterer
Jann Johnson .... production coordinator (as Jann Lynn Johnson)
Tim Johnson .... production accountant
Linda Kuusisto .... script supervisor
Robert Lane .... puppet builder
Michelle Suzanne LeDoux .... craft service (as Michelle LeDoux)
Marilyn Nave .... production coordinator: VCE
Joseph M. Newman .... director: archive footage
Gertrude Orvahl .... coordinator: overall cinematic quality improvement and implementation
James Robinson .... set medic (as Jim Robinson)
Adam Ruben .... production assistant
Dan Runyon .... caterer
Bill Schwab .... projectionist
Katy Searles .... caterer
Mark Skoglund .... video crew
Barb Tebben .... production assistant
Kimberly Terhorst .... production assistant: VCE
Julie Walker .... unit publicist
Nancy Willen .... unit publicist
A.M. Zopfi .... assistant: Mr. Mallon
Dave Dustin .... set medic (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"MST 3000: The Movie" - USA (short title)
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Rated PG-13 for some sexual humor
73 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The German version of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (1988) was translated by the German TV comedian Oliver Kalkofe. Many jokes were changed to jokes about German tv shows and stars. Kalkofe even added some new jokes.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In the early scenes where Cal is flying to the Ryberg airfield, if his plane is flying to the viewers' right, the plane's call sign numbers on the tail are backwards.See more »
Tom Servo:See, all rights are reserved, Callahan.
Mike:[in a Clint Eastwood voice] Yeah, but what about the rights of that little girl?
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Movie Connections:
References "Leave It to Beaver" (1957)See more »
Love Theme From Mystery Science Theater 3000See more »


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26 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
See how a pathetic film can be raised to new heights, 24 May 1999
Author: Kyle Milligan ( from Toronto, Canada

Do you find a really bad movie more amusing than annoying? Have you ever watched a lousy flick with friends and improvised dialogue for the actors or make remarks in jest about how stupid the film is? Have you ever wondered what happens to the other sock? If you answered yes, you will enjoy "Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie".

The premise is that the evil Dr. Forrester is subjecting Mike Nelson and his robot companions Tom Servo and Crow to some of the worst films of all time, as part of a plot to beat the world into submission. Yeah, this premise is pretty weak in itself, but the commentary from these three is what you'll be hooked by.

What this intrepid trio does best is make fun of stinky celluloid for the audience's amusement. They do the unimaginable; they make an utter piece of trash not only watchable, but hilarious. It's open season on ridiculous movies, and the film is merely a showcase of their regular television program of the same name. The film has been my first exposure to the show, which has selected episodes available on tape. Sadly, the show is not broadcast in my area, and sadder still is the news that the series will conclude this year. The unfortunate aspect of this is that I do have a sense of what I'm missing. It's a great concept, and has proven to be popular with many viewers.

The film for the mocking is "This Island Earth". A particularly cheesy selection that can actually be found on DVD in its original format without the hilarious commentary. Some people regard it as a sci-fi classic, but it's essentially been brought to better light with the help of the MST3K team. No one is safe. They even mock their own credits. Watch this one with friends if you can; it's really well done.

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