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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 ... (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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Merope See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The movie inspired the song "Love Games" sung by Ganymede which is featured on their album "Euromantique". They said: "A song on Euromantique, 'Love Games' . . . is based on a 1979 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) rip-off, 'The Humanoid'. Not many people have seen or heard of this movie, but we were so inspired by it that we wrote a song. People will read the song completely different". See more »

Quotes

Lord Graal: No one can stop me now, Princely Hero. Come on fight, what can you do against me?
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UK video versions are cut by 25 seconds for a 'PG' rating. See more »

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References Metropolis (1927) See more »

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Embarrassing Italian Star Wars Copycat
8 July 2015 | by FilmfandaveSee all my reviews

THE HUMANOID tells the story of two brothers of noble titles, one good named the Great Brother; the other evil, who are fighting against each other to become the sole ruler of planet Metropolis. The evil brother Graal (Ivan Rassimov) gets the support of the insane Dr. Kraspin (Arthur Kennedy) to create a new army of invincible soldiers called humanoids. To prove that his chemical invention really works, the doctor tests it on the pilot Golob (Richard Kiel), an unsuspecting human from another planet whose plane happens to land on the deserts of Metropolis. Golob is turned – in a very ridiculous way – into an indestructible soldier that doesn't speak but possesses superhuman strength and lives under the doctor's control. Commanded by the evil Graal, Golob charges into the city where the Great Brother lives to kill him. When Golob's brain-washed mind is neutralized by a little oriental sage living in the city named Tom Tom, he turns side and befriends everyone, including the person he is assigned to kill. Heading back to Graal's headquarter to destroy him, Golob leads his band of new ally. Following a decisive battle that destroys Grall and the doctor, Golob regains his human side and reacquires his speech. With his newly-befriended comrades, he decides to live on the planet, which is then called Earth (no more Metropolis as that's what shown on screen!).

That is not the whole story, there are other characters and subplots that are not worth telling as they do not add anything to the main plot!

THE HUMANOID is a Star Wars copycat and a mega-waste of budget that doesn't have any of the elements that have made Star Wars a timeless classic. Here you see similarities that you see in Star Wars – from vehicles, places to characters: Star Destroyer (even following the exact sequence of how it is shown in Star Wars!), Land Speeder, laser guns that shoot red beams, lots of Darth Vader look-alike (since they are portrayed not only as the leader but also guards), Princess Leia wannabe (she's called Barbara and sexier), a kung fu fighting Luke Skywalker, a robot dog (a substitute for R2D2) and a little oriental Obi-Wan Kenobi! Even the opening sequences mimic those of Star Wars!

Richard Kiel's performance in "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "Moonraker" must have immensely impressed the producers that he was given a similar role here – doesn't speak, just snarls and looks dumb.

This cheesy Italian sci-fi yarn could have been a lot better. Sadly, it lacks the creativity that would have made it into a fun B-movie. The STAR WARS-inspired characters, vehicles, and scenes show lazy film-making. Adding insult to the injury, the plot and directing are as uninspired.

All in all, THE HUMANOID comes mildly recommended and is strictly for lovers of B-movies.


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