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Lost in Space (1998)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Family | 3 April 1998 (USA)
The Robinson family was going into space to fight for a chance for humanity. Now they are fighting to live long enough to find a way home.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeb Walker
Reporter #1
Principal Cartwright
Adam Sims ...
Reporter #2


In the year 2058, the Earth will soon be uninhabitable after the irreversible effects of pollution and global warming! Professor John Robinson, lead scientist of the Jupiter 2 Mission, will lead his family to the habitable planet Alpha Prime to prep it for colonization. The Jupiter 2 is equipped with a hyperdrive that allows faster-than-light travel, which will eventually be employed to evacuate the citizens of Earth. However hypergates must be constructed on Earth and Alpha Prime to provide stable points of departure and arrival. Dr. Zachary Smith is bribed by a terrorist organization to sabotage the mission, and ends up an unwilling stowaway as the ship blasts off. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense sci-fi action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,154,919 (USA) (3 April 1998)


$69,102,910 (USA) (7 August 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


All principal actors were contracted to a three-picture option, but as the film failed to recoup its budget in North America, plans for a new franchise were scrapped. See more »


After everybody is cryogenically frozen, the pods are moved up behind windows. When the pods halt, the person in the right-most pod moves his/her hands. They should be frozen solid and unable to move. See more »


Major West: I'm going to try to break us out of the atmosphere.
John Robinson: No, we don't have enough core material for that.
Major West: Well, maybe if we catch one of the thermal...
John Robinson: No, it won't work. I *know*. We have to go... down. Through the planet as she's breaking up. We can use the planet's gravity...
Major West: What?
John Robinson: To throw us ut the other side and back into space!
Major West: That's insane!
John Robinson: I don't have time to argue.
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Crazy Credits

When the closing credits are ending you hear Penny's infamous line once more, 'This mission sucks!'. See more »


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Lost In Space (Theme)
Written by John Williams
Performed by Apollo 440
Courtesy of Epic Records
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Cashing in on the old TV show & big special effects
19 July 2000 | by (Auckland, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Having watched this movie, it's easy to believe a producer and writer, sitting drunk at a table one night, saying "Hey ... how about this. Lost in Space movie. Throw in some well known faces, some big special effects, a cute overly shiny alien, and something about time travel. Doesn't need to make sense."

The actors have done well, considering the script is full of cliches and plotholes, and none turn in bad performances. In fact, without William Hurt and Gary Oldman, the movie would have been far worse. The special effects, the costumes, set design are all very well done, but the failure of the movie comes down to the bad script. Besides taking lines directly out of other movies (Back to the Future is just one ... "where the hell ..." "the question is WHEN the hell ..."), and phrases that were considered well-worn when the original series was around, there are "huggy moments" throughout the script which makes you feel the writer is beating you over the head with a "warm fuzzy hammer". Penny's problems magically solved? West and Judy finally realising they like each other after all? Father and son reaffirming their love? It's like a mix between Plan 9 From Outer Space and Steel Magnolias.

And don't even think about the poor "time travel / alternate universe" scenario. There are so many contradictions and badly-thought out ideas surrounding that, it could physically injure you if you tried to contemplate it for too long.

A sequel isn't as terrifying an idea as it may first sound ... with the same cast and crew, it may even be enjoyable. But please, a better script next time, for goodness sake.

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