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Escape Velocity (1999)

A psychotic spaceman takes over a deep-space observatory manned by a scientist, his wife, and teenage daughter.



(as Paul Birkett), (additional story)

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Complete credited cast:
Billie (Ronnie's mom)
Cal (captain of the Harbinger)
Lee Nash aka Carter
Ronnie (Veronica)
Jansen (escaped con)
Pavel Bezdek ...
Lars (escaped con)
Russell aka the Priest
Emil Linka ...
Glenn (escaped con)
Gerard Whelan ...
Liam (escaped con)
Robert Russell ...
Mesa Verde warden
Mike McGuffie ...
Technician (Executioner)


A psychotic spaceman takes over a deep-space observatory manned by a scientist, his wife, and teenage daughter.

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In Deep Space, There's Lots of Time to Kill.


Action | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »





Release Date:

14 October 2002 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Antarsia sto diastima  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Cal is examining the missile specs, the display shows the yield as 0.7 kJ (kiloJoules), the same amount of energy used by a 100W light bulb in seven seconds - scarcely terrifying as a missile. See more »


Edited from Downdraft (1996) See more »

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Corridors In Space
9 February 2006 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

On a distant planet a psychopath is saved from execution by a space monk. He releases a few fellow inmates and breaks out of the prison in a spaceship. They dock onto a ludicrously enormous spacecraft that is orbiting a supernova star. This massive craft is populated by only three people, presumably because the budget of the film did not extend to hiring many actors. Anyway, to cut a long story short, the three goodies end up in a game of cat and mouse with the baddies.

The psychopath in this movie is curious in that he is annoying. 'Annoying' is generally not a term one would use to describe a lunatic

  • unhinged, frightening, dangerous maybe but not 'annoying' but he is.
The three people manning the giant ship are seriously unconvincing as warranting such important roles - this ship is practically the size of a city! Considering that the film is set approximately 50 years in the future, it is somewhat optimistic that such a huge man-made craft could exist, never mind the fact that it is used for such a relatively mundane task. Despite the vast size of the spaceship, the crew all have appallingly kitted out, tiny rooms and the dining room consists of what appears to be a plastic table and chairs. But there are a lot of corridors.

The film is fairly well acted and it works as an averagey sci-fi thriller. But nothing great.

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