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The Ultimate Warrior (1975)

Virus holocaust is not the only plague that threatens our future. New York City, 2012 A.D. In a plague devastated world, one tired man finds a reason to fight.

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Robert Clouse

Writer:

Robert Clouse
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yul Brynner ... Carson
Max von Sydow ... Baron
Joanna Miles ... Melinda
William Smith ... Carrot
Richard Kelton ... Cal
Stephen McHattie ... Robert
Darrell Zwerling ... Silas
Lane Bradbury Lane Bradbury ... Barrie
Nate Esformes ... Garon
Mel Novak ... Lippert
Mickey Caruso Mickey Caruso ... B. Harkness
Gary Johnson Gary Johnson ... L. Harkness
Susan Keener Susan Keener ... Angry Woman
Stevie Myers Stevie Myers ... Ice House Woman
Fred Slyter Fred Slyter ... Store Room Clerk
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Only a few people still live in New York City in 2012. They are organized in gangs with their own turfs. One of them is led by Baron, another one by Carrot, and they are constantly at war with each other. Baron's gang is more peaceful and have developed seeds that can germinate despite the virus plague. The lone ranger Carson is hired by Bishop for protection. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A Film of the Future

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Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Baron See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

'Max Von Sydow', who plays Joanna Miles' father in the film, is only eleven years older than her in reality. See more »

Quotes

Carrot: We will both go to hell, you and me!
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Not as bad as you'd think
2 September 2001 | by pkottaSee all my reviews

"Not as bad as you'd think" is not a very convincing way to start a review, I admit, but this is a movie that had a lot going for it. A lot of potential, but not completely wasted. The scrip, including dialog, is rather intelligent. And the smartest thing the film's creators did was cast Brynner, von Sydow, and Smith (who is one of the most underrated bad guys in Hollywood. I wish Tarantino would rediscover him the way he did Travolta, Keaton, Forster--and just about half the main characters of most of his films, in fact). Perhaps, though, the stars' salaries left little money for sets and costumes, which are pathetic. The lighting is about as atmospheric as a dogfood commercial. Sadly, director Clouse's usual flair for fight scenes is, with the exception of a couple of nice touches here and there, absent.

Interestingly, "Day of the Dead" borrows heavily from this film, from the basic storyline (handful of survivors of apocalypse fighting against one another as a handful of them plot escape) right down to the cauterization-with-torch scene and the island-as-escape-from-wordly-chaos theme.


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