Futuristic Science Fiction about a sport to the death, using "destructocycles".


Allan Arkush, Nicholas Niciphor (as Henry Suso) | 1 more credit »


Nicholas Niciphor (screenplay by) (as Henry Suso), Donald E. Stewart (screenplay by) (as Donald Stewart) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
David Carradine ... Kaz Oshay
Claudia Jennings ... Deneer
Richard Lynch ... Ankar Moor
William Smithers ... Dr. Karl
Will Walker Will Walker ... Marcus Karl
David McLean ... Lord Zirpola
Jesse Vint ... Polna
H.B. Haggerty ... Jailer
John Himes John Himes ... Tritan President
Jim Galante Jim Galante ... Tritan Guard
Peter Hooper Peter Hooper ... Mr. Bakkar
Brenda Venus Brenda Venus ... Adriann
Gene Hartline ... Enforcer Sergeant
Chris Howell Chris Howell ... Stateman Officer
Valerie Rae Clark Valerie Rae Clark ... Dancer


Futuristic Science Fiction about a sport to the death, using "destructocycles".

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DeathSport isn't just a game. In the year 3000, it's the only way to survive! See more »


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At one point, Claudia Jennings had to be physically removed from the set as she was drunk and high on cocaine (she had a well-documented cocaine addiction at the time). See more »


After Kaz is attacked at the start the tip of his sword is coated in blood, seconds later it is completely clean. See more »


Ankar Moor: You're not as good as your mother!
Kaz Oshay: But far better... than you!
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Alternate Versions

The print used for Shout Factory's 2011 DVD was a composite version consisting of an interpostive created for TV showings, missing all the violence and nudity, so a splicy 35mm theatrical print containing all of said material had to be reinstated into the print filling in the missing footage. See more »


Referenced in Twenty Years of African Cinema (1983) See more »

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As bad as only Roger Corman can make them.
24 April 2003 | by Latheman-9See all my reviews

Some film makers, such as Ed Wood, produce movies so bad that they have a peculiar charm in spite of their overwhelming flaws. And then there's Roger Corman.

"Deathsport" was meant to ride on the coat tails of its successful predecessor "Death Race 2000," using motorcycles in place of automobiles as principal motif. However, although it does feature the same leading man (David Carradine), it lacks two key elements from the first film -- the self-caricature known as Sylvester Stallone, and the arch humor of director Paul Bartel who went on to direct cult favorites "Eating Raoul" (1982) and "Lust in the Dust" (1985). Principal director Allan Arkush, on the other hand, was soon relegated to the wasteland of television. Roger Corman wears his producer's hat for "Deathsport" but is also listed as an uncredited director. One noteworthy point: listed in the credits for "guitar" is Jerry Garcia. Could it really be THE Jerry Garcia of Grateful Dead fame?

This film should be seen by anybody interested in learning how NOT to make a movie. It is bad in so many ways that the 1000 word IMDb comment limit precludes me from even beginning to describe them. I would rate this film as low as possible if it weren't for two redeeming features: hilarious trailers for other Corman productions (in the video version), and completely gratuitous full frontal female nudity. Rating: 2/10.

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April 1978 (USA) See more »

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New World Pictures See more »
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