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Supersonic Man (1979)

The superhero Kronos, from a distant galaxy, tangles with the mad scientist Dr. Gulik over the fate of mankind.

Director:

Juan Piquer Simón (as J. Piquer Simon)

Writers:

Sebastian Moi (screenplay), Juan Piquer Simón (screenplay) (as Juan Piquer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Cantafora Antonio Cantafora ... Paul (as Michael Coby)
Cameron Mitchell ... Dr. Gulik (as Cameron Mitchel)
José Luis Ayestarán José Luis Ayestarán ... Kronos / Supersonic (as Richard Yesteran)
Diana Polakov Diana Polakov ... Patricia Morgan / Gordon (as Diana Polakow)
José María Caffarel ... Prof. Morgan / Gordon (as John Caffarel)
Frank Braña ... Peterson (as Frank Brana)
Javier De Campos Javier De Campos ... Borracho (as Javier Cameos)
Tito García ... Joe
Quique Camoiras Quique Camoiras ... Bill
Luis Barboo ... Harrison
Ángel Ter Ángel Ter ... Cocinero italiano
Emilio Higuera Emilio Higuera ... Lugarteniente de Peterson (as Emilio Higueras)
Luis Castilla Luis Castilla
Frank A. Sánchez Frank A. Sánchez
Emilio Fornet Emilio Fornet ... Borracho del bar
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Storyline

An alien, "Supersonic Man," is sent to Earth to thwart the plans of evil men who would destroy the galaxy itself with their weapons. Only his superpowers, which include flight, bulletproof skin, and the ability to turn guns into bananas, can save Earth from destruction. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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It's a bird ... It's a plane ... It's who?!!


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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

January 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El supersónico See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Almena Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Supersonic was played by bodybuilder and former Tarzan José Luis Ayestarán. Paul, his human alter ego, was played by Antonio Cantafora. See more »

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In the French restaurant, Patricia's hand holding her cigarette jumps from her face to the table and back between shots. See more »

Quotes

[Wondering about Supersonic Man]
Gulik: Who sent him? Who is he? From where? More importantly, why? Why? Why? We must find this strange devil, or whatever the hell he is, before he panics my entire organization!
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Avoid the bulldozer
29 October 2002 | by KuRt-33See all my reviews

Juan Piquer Simon used to be a postman (thus linking him to Fabrizio de Angelis, ex-postman and director of "Killer Crocodile"), but quit his job to step into the movie business. If his mail delivery was as excellent as his knowledge of movie making, I wouldn't send a letter to Spain.

Supersonic Man is so obviously a Superman rip-off that I'm almost ashamed to mention it. Still, shame is something Piquer Simon didn't seem to have. Granted, the man has lots of imagination, but so has a toddler who draws three lines on a piece of paper and says it's a car. Supersonic (for that is his name) is sleeping in a spaceship when an intergalactic voice tells him an evil mastermind wants to kidnap a professor so he, the evil mastermind, can rule over the world. The evil mastermind is none other than Cameron Mitchell, actor in a handful of classics and the lead in over 150 B- to D-movies. In this production he's the biggest (read: only) star.

Supersonic doesn't take the train, like any superhero he can fly. Well, flying... it does look like the actor is busy pretending to swim in the air. Go lie on a bench and move your body first 10° to the left and then 20° to the right. Keep doing that, add a blue screen and you too can fly. To make us believe the movie was shot in the US, Supersonic often flies in the air with parts of New York in the background. Unfortunately, that's the only use of these scenes, so basically you're just watching a man in a silly suit pretending he can fly.

Supersonic's suit may give you a few chuckles, but what really got me rolling on the floor is the scene where the professor's daughter (Patricia) is chased by gangsters. Just when it looks like her car is going to hit a bulldozer, Supersonic lifts it up with one hand. Though, why a bulldozer is standing in the middle of a forest road beats me, just as it's quite fascinating to see the bulldozer is actually made of wood. The crooks try to avoid hitting the bulldozer, drive down a hill and for some reason that should explain why their car explodes.

The bulldozer scene is featured quite early in the movie, so it's best to stay on the floor. Don't crawl back into your couch as an avalanche of bad scenes is still coming your way: bad special effects (toy helicopters anyone?), cheesy humour and even more bad special effects (toy houses?). Oh, did I mention already the plot is hard to follow and some plot lines commence but never go anywhere? Frankly, "Mulholland Drive" is easier to follow.

To make things even worse, this Spanish action movie (let's use that phrase lightly) is dubbed in university English. When the giant robot bursts into the professor's lab to kidnap him, the professor states: "What kind of tomfoolery is this?" One has to admire those academics, if not for their vocabulary, then for the fact that he doesn't start laughing when the giant and fierce (and frankly slow) robot appears.

Juan Piquer Simon is sometimes compared to Ed Wood, but at least Wood had a vision (a vision hindered by a budget, but still a vision). "Supersonic Man" however is a work that makes "Killer Crocodile" look like a masterpiece. Which in its own right is quite special.


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