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The Humanoid (1979)

L'umanoide (original title)
Hoping to overthrow his brother as ruler of the planet Metropolis, the evil Graal enlists the help of the insane Dr. Kraspin, who has invented a chemical capable of turning an ordinary ... See full summary »

Directors:

Aldo Lado (as George B. Lewis), Enzo G. Castellari (uncredited)

Writers:

Adriano Bolzoni (story), Adriano Bolzoni (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Kiel ... Golob
Corinne Cléry ... Barbara Gibson (as Corinne Clery)
Leonard Mann ... Nick
Ivan Rassimov ... Lord Graal
Massimo Serato ... Great Brother
Marco Yeh Marco Yeh ... Tom Tom
Arthur Kennedy ... Dr. Kraspin
Barbara Bach ... Lady Agatha
Venantino Venantini
Vito Fornari Vito Fornari
José Quaglio José Quaglio ... (as Giuseppe Quaglio)
Attilio Duse Attilio Duse
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Storyline

Hoping to overthrow his brother as ruler of the planet Metropolis, the evil Graal enlists the help of the insane Dr. Kraspin, who has invented a chemical capable of turning an ordinary person into a perfect soldier. They test this chemical on the pilot Golob, turning the unsuspecting victim into a mindless but indestructable automaton possessing superhuman strength. The people of Metropolis must somehow outwit Graal before he can create an army of these soldiers, or their planet will be destroyed. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Light years beyond tomorrow...


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Country:

Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

11 April 1979 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Humanoid See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Merope See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is discussed in the movie's top-billed star Richard Kiel's auto-biography "Making it Big in the Movies" in the section entitled "The Italian Experience". See more »

Quotes

Golob: Where the Hellios am I?
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Referenced in Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983) See more »

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What a _CHEESY_ movie!!!
20 May 2000 | by AylmerSee all my reviews

Aside from the goofy special effects and silly dialog, there's still plenty of lameness in this low-budget Italian/Turkish STAR WARS ripoff ...enough to keep most people rolling around the floor in laughter. The "villain" played by Ivan Rassimov (SHOCK, EATEN ALIVE, ULTIMO MONDO CANNIBAL) is one of the biggest pansies I've seen... even if his costume does look just like Darth Vader's... from his silly comments like "so you have come to battle me at last, princely hero!" to the way he cracks the whip around his cronies like "you failed to kill the girl! You are stripped of your command for 100 days!", I couldn't take him seriously at all. Wouldn't most villains kill their own men for disobeying them? No wonder the silly troupe of Leonard Mann, Corrine Clery, and Richard Kiel destroy his entire army so easily... and his death has to be the lamest ever filmed... "ack, my blue screen is dying!"

The Humanoid has a dynamite cast though, from Arthur Kennedy (LAWRENCE OF ARABIA) to Barbara Bach (CAVEMAN) to Massimo Serato (AUTOPSY). Even better is the crew... from Enzo G. Castellari to Giannetto De Rossi, Antonio Margheriti, and Ennio Morricone. The only problem here really is that all these cool people did their jobs BADLY... This film is not only hilariously cheap, it's a real snoozer, especially because of Morricone's howlingly awful "sleepy spacey music" which never stops! The score has no tune or melody to it, it's just random music, but synthesized to a point where it's even worse than Morricone's score for COLD EYES OF FEAR. I'm usually a fan of stuff like this but you have to draw the line somewhere. This film is lame beyond belief, though not quite as bad as STAR WARS EPISODE 1: "THE PHANTOM MENACE".


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