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Lost in Space (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Family  |  3 April 1998 (USA)
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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)  »

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£10,625,503 (UK) (2 October 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


British Band Lighthouse Family recorded the song "Lost in Space" for this film, but the producers decided not to use it. It wasn't released for 2 months after the films US release. 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 »


Dr. Zachary Smith: [to Will Robinson] Let me tell you a lesson about life, kid. There are monsters everywhere... I know, I am one.
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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 »


Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


Will & Penny's Theme
Written by Noko, Trevor Gray, Howard Gray
Performed by Apollo 440
Courtesy of Epic Records
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User Reviews

A Near Miss
9 January 2000 | by (Morristown, NJ) – See all my reviews

Frankly, I don't think this movie is as bad as some people make it out to be. I like the early episodes of the original series (particulary the first six), when the show had a more serious tone (and before Jonathan Harris sabotaged it by turning up the comic antics as Dr. Smith) and it's nice to see the film stay closer to that serious tone and not emulate the more campy aspects of the series from its later episodes. The cast is good for the most part and I love the visual FX.

However, once the Jupiter 2 crashes on the planet and we get caught up in the time travel older Will Robinson bit, that's when the movie falls apart completely. And the biggest mistake of all is that the older Will Robinson is not played by original Will Robinson, Bill Mumy, even though he badly wanted to play the part. Having listened to the comments of the director on why he didn't cast Mumy on the DVD, I have to say his explanation doesn't wash. Especially when both he and the scriptwriter concede that the device of using the "older Will Robinson" didn't work on the screen as it did in writing. It never occurs to them that maybe the scene would have worked if this new character sprung on us was someone with a definable connection to the old show.

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