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The Jupiter Menace (1982)

PG | | Documentary | 6 June 1984 (USA)
A documentary that examines the theory that the world is doomed and nothing can be done about it.


Cast overview, first billed only:
2nd Narrator (as Lindsay Workman)
Gary Maxwell ...
Pagan Leader
Ken Hill ...
Chester Brooks
Maurice Chatelain ...
Himself (as Dr. Maurice Chatelain)
Jeffrey Goodman ...
Himself (as Dr. Jeffrey Goodman)
Stephen Plagemann ...
Himself (as Dr. Stephen Plagemann)
Peter Franken ...
Himself (as Dr. Peter Franken)
Nancy Litwack ...
Tim Wilhelm ...
Jim Ellison ...
Clarisa Bernhardt ...
Christiane Carman ...
Computer Technician (as Christiane Carmen)
Dale Alan Cooke ...
Computer Technician


A documentary that examines the theory that the world is doomed and nothing can be done about it.

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Some movie posters for the film featured a fallen Statue of Liberty which was a design concept which has also been used for not just this film but for others. The titles are The Planet of the Apes (1968), Escape from New York (1981), The Jupiter Menace (1982), and The Day After Tomorrow (2004). See more »


Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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One hopes that George Kennedy was either well paid or was unaware of the full intent of those behind "The Jupiter Menace." In his defense, Kennedy appears only a few times throughout this "documentary" and doesn't embarrass himself to any great extent. Among the crop of Bigfoot, Bermuda Triangle, and UFO "documentaries" made in the 1970s and into the '80s, "Jupiter Menace" is a real gem. The film reveals its dire message that an alignment of planets in the, then near future, 1982 will start a period of turmoil on Earth that will reach its peak in 2000 causing a basic end of the world as we know it. The film is a prime example of this silly scare genre and includes goofy re-enactments and interviews with "experts" that are taking facts from Bible prophecy and/or psychic visions. Certainly more amusing today, now that we've passed all the dates foretold in the movies as being doomsday, this movie will entertain those curious. Particularly fun is the near-guarantee given by nearly everyone interviewed in the film that May 5th, 2000 is the certain end of the happy existence we've enjoyed on planet Earth. Also fun and equally frightening are the interviews with survivalists in the Ozarks and Illinois that are preparing to survive the deadly days ahead of us all in the 1980s. One must wonder, where are those folks now??? Sadly, they're likely still packed away in a bunker somewhere! :)

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