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Deathsport (1978)

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

Directors:

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

Writers:

Frances Doel (story), Nicholas Niciphor (screenplay) (as Henry Suso) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

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The Ultimate Ride for Survival See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Race 2050 See more »

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Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Nicholas Niciphor had recently graduated from USC when he was hired to co-write and direct the film. He ended up being fired and replaced by Allan Arkush, who later admitted that he had no way of saving the picture. Niciphor is credited under the pseudonym Henry Suso. See more »

Goofs

When the prisoners escape on the Death Machines, Polna's group includes a sidecar when leaving the Deathsport Arena. When you next see his group in the stream none of the Death Machines has a sidecar. See more »

Quotes

Ankar Moor: You're not as good as your mother!
Kaz Oshay: But far better... than you!
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Featured in The Directors: The Films of Roger Corman (1999) See more »

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Mediocre 70s Sci-Fi Drama.
19 January 2009 | by sonya90028See all my reviews

Deathsport, was the sequel to Deathrace 2000. It stars David Carradine, and the late Claudia Jennings. Science fiction films were enjoying a resurgence in the late 70s, after virtually disappearing from the silver-screen, earlier in the decade. This was no doubt, due to the phenomenal box-office success of Star Wars.

This film has lots of flashy special effects, noble heroes (Jennings and Carradine), sinister villains, high-tech weaponry, fast futuristic vehicles, etc., etc., etc. Only Deathsport is a film that takes place right here on Earth, rather than in outer space. So, that's mainly what differentiates it from the traditional science fiction movie.

The dialog in Deathsport is excessively lofty, and winds-up being laughable as a result. You just can't take it seriously. It's a pity that both Carradine and Jennings, are stuck having to recite such hokey lines. The two of them, are what really holds this otherwise mediocre film together. Both Jennings and Carradine have a good chemistry between them, and are well-matched in their acting abilities.

The performances of Claudia Jennings and David Carradine, are the only reason to see Deathsport. Otherwise it's a humorless, boring movie, and not worth your time.


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