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Cyborg 2087 (1966)

Earth's civilization of the future sends a cyborg back to the 1960s to change the future.

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Franklin Adreon
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Michael Rennie ... Garth A7
Karen Steele ... Dr. Sharon Mason
Wendell Corey ... Sheriff
Warren Stevens ... Dr. Carl Zellar
Eduard Franz ... Prof. Sigmund Marx
Harry Carey Jr. ... Jay C
Adam Roarke ... Deputy Dan
Chubby Johnson ... Uncle Pete
Tyler MacDuff ... Sam Gilmore
Dale Van Sickel ... Tracer #1
Troy Melton ... Tracer #2
James Hibbard ... Rick (as Jimmy Hibbard)
Sherry Alberoni ... Laura Zellar
Betty Jane Royale Betty Jane Royale ... Jill
John Beck ... Skinny
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In the future world of the year 2087, freedom of thought is illegal and the thoughts of the world's populations are controlled by the government. A small band of "free thinkers" send a cyborg back in time to the year 1966 to prevent a scientist from making the breakthrough that will eventually lead to the mass thought control of the future. Our time traveler soon discovers he is not alone when government agents from the future try to prevent him from carrying out his mission. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Half Human... Half Machine! Programmed to Kill! See more »


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The film takes place in 1966 and 2087. See more »

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Before Garth A7's (Michael Rennie) time capsule appears in 1966, the grass in the distance is in bright sunlight and the foreground is in the dark shadow of a tree. An "instant" later, when the capsule appears, the tree shadow is gone and the entire scene is clearly overcast, showing that a significant portion of the day has actually passed. See more »

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Referenced in The Terminator (1984) See more »

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Fairly absorbing.
4 December 2017 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Michael Rennie of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" fame stars as Garth A7, a cyborg sent by a future civilization back to 1966. His mission is to make sure that the revolutionary "radio-telepathy" technique being engineered by Professor Marx (Eduard Franz, "The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake") does not come to fruition. The thing is, in the future, this technique will be misused by evil minds and bring out about chaos. Once he is back in the past, Garth gets scientists Carl Zellar (Warren Stevens, "Forbidden Planet") and Sharon Mason (Karen Steele, "Ride Lonesome") to help him out, while being hunted by assassins dubbed "Tracers".

If this premise sounds familiar, it should: it was also utilized around this time by Harlan Ellison, as an episode of 'The Outer Limits' titled 'Soldier'. Of course, it would eventually be appropriated again, famously, by James Cameron for "The Terminator". While this ultimately upbeat diversion is nowhere near as atmospheric or grim as Camerons' film, it's certainly a reasonable bit of entertainment. Its obvious low budget and TV movie-like nature will inevitably invite descriptions like "cheesy". It does get positively goofy when, at one point, Zellars' daughter (Sherry Alberoni, "Nightmare Circus") and her friends (including a young John Beck of "Rollerball") groove to some hip tunes while he's trying to perform an operation on Garth. Various people get zapped by Garths' odd weapon, which really does no more than paralyze living things, rather than kill them. The music, while credited to Paul Dunlap, seems to consist of stock cues (such as one memorably used in "Night of the Living Dead"). Franklin Adreon (a TV veteran whose theatrical credits also include stuff like "Panther Girl of the Kongo") directs capably, if not stylishly.

The cast gives a straight faced go at this material. Rennie is good as a character committed to being ruthless in pursuit of his goal, yet who might just find some humanity after all. Wendell Corey ("Rear Window") is a sheriff, Harry Carey Jr. ("3 Godfathers") a pesky reporter, Adam Roarke ("Hells Angels on Wheels") Corey's deputy, and Jo Ann Pflug ("MASH") appears fleetingly at the outset as one of the people sending Garth on his way.

Lightweight and unmemorable stuff, yet it does show one a decent enough time, and should be interesting to see for fans of cult science-fiction.

Six out of 10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1966 (USA) See more »

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Mono | Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

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Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

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1.85 : 1
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