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Ellen Barkin ... Herself (archive footage)

Clancy Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
Thomas R. Burman ... Himself - Makeup Designer (archive footage)
Stephen Dane ... Himself - Special Effects (archive footage) (as Steven Dane)

Jeff Goldblum ... Himself (archive footage)
Gregory Jein ... Himself - Miniature Maker (archive footage)

John Lithgow ... Himself (archive footage)

Carl Lumbly ... Himself (archive footage)
W.D. Richter ... Himself - Director (archive footage)

Pepe Serna ... Himself (archive footage)

Lewis Smith ... Himself (archive footage)

Peter Weller ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Michael Arick 
 
Produced by
Michael Arick .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Rick Walker 
 
Film Editing by
Glenn Erickson 
 
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Rebeca Erickson .... graphic artist
 
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Richard A. Crawford .... music editor
 
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Barbara Crandall .... the producers would like to thank
Sean Murphy .... the producers would like to thank
Denise Okuda .... the producers would like to thank
Michael Okuda .... the producers would like to thank
Earl Mac Rauch .... the producers would like to thank
W.D. Richter .... the producers would like to thank
James Van Over .... the producers would like to thank
 

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A thrill ride for renaissance geeks., 25 September 2010
Author: ladiesbane from United States

This is a quintessential 80s film, but for unusual reasons. One is the nostalgia. The dramatic nostalgia of Blade Runner is taken to melodramatic extremes here. Some cues: the band's manager's zoot suit; the Renaissance diversity of the Irregulars; the emphasis on Science (as in, "She Blinded Me With -- ". These are the boy geniuses who fought the Kaiser and the Boy Allies who thwarted the Nazis. So the concept is charmingly nostalgic. But the quality of acting is undeniable, not only because there are so many non-diva working actors, but because you can tell each one is making an earnest effort. Sometimes, when you watch a crummy movie, you can tell the actors knew from Week One that this little dog would be best left off the resume. Not with this movie! Everyone made an earnest effort that was not too over-the-top. The purely 80s aspects -- skinny neckties, proto-geekiness, fascination with Japanese culture, retro-modernity -- are delicious to some of us who lived through it, but possibly baffling to others. But if you speak the language, it's pure poetry.

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