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2019: After the Fall of New York (1983)

2019 - Dopo la caduta di New York (original title)
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After a nuclear war, society breaks down into two groups, the evil Euraks and the rebel Federation. A mercenary named Parsifal is hired by the Federation to infiltrate New York City, which ... See full summary »

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Sergio Martino (as Martin Dolman)

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Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay) (as Julian Berry), Ernesto Gastaldi (story) (as Julian Berry) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Sopkiw ... Parsifal
Valentine Monnier Valentine Monnier ... Giara
Anna Kanakis ... Eurac Officer Ania
Romano Puppo ... Ratchet (as Roman Geer)
Paolo Maria Scalondro ... Bronx (as Vincent Scalondro)
Louis Ecclesia Louis Ecclesia ... Shorty
Edmund Purdom ... President of the Pan American Confederacy
Serge Feuillard Serge Feuillard ... Eurac Commander
Tiziana Fibi Tiziana Fibi
Hal Yamanouchi ... Rat Eater King (as Haruhiko Yamanouchi)
Alessandra Tani Alessandra Tani
Jacques Stany Jacques Stany ... Eurac Officer
Siriana Hernandez Siriana Hernandez ... Flower
Tony Askin Tony Askin ... Aschi - Mutant
Franco Mazzieri Franco Mazzieri ... Nevada Race Announcer (as Frank Mezner)
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Storyline

After a nuclear war, society breaks down into two groups, the evil Euraks and the rebel Federation. A mercenary named Parsifal is hired by the Federation to infiltrate New York City, which is controlled by the Euraks, to rescue the only fertile woman left on Earth. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Mankind will prevail if it can survive the year 2019 ... See more »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

7 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

2019: After the Fall of New York See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The weapons used by the white-suited guards of the 'American' government look exactly like the weapon the Jane Fonda used in Barbarella. (It even featured on some of the posters.) If they aren't the same props being recycled, then they are very faithful replicas. See more »

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Around 1 hour 14 minutes, after Big Ape says he wants to stay with the fertile girl, there is a shot of the rest of the heroes which pans to a close-up of Shorty. Behind him, a crew member is moving out of frame inside or behind part of the car. See more »

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The film's credits list this as an "Italo-Frenchy" co-production. See more »

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I really wanted to like this......
17 May 2006 | by HaemovoreRexSee all my reviews

Despite being a huge fan of cult and B-Movies and even though I really wanted and tried hard to enjoy this, I'm afraid that I'm going to have to go against the general tide of opinion as regards this film.

The ever likable Michael Sopkiw, who's career in B-movies was admittedly brief but so very fondly remembered, appears here as a sort of Mad Max/Snake Plissken type of guy who is coerced into rescuing the last fertile woman on earth from within the hell hole that has become Manhattan Island.

Cue lots of fights, sludging through rat infested sewers, getting captured about every five minutes (!) a healthy splashing of gore and the appearance of perennial B-Movie fave big George Eastman as a simian character called 'Big Ape' and hey presto - you have what on paper at least sounds like a great movie.....

On paper perhaps......

To be fair, the movie isn't at all bad by any means and even boasts some pretty decent production values in fact, but sadly it just failed to enthral me.

The biggest problem I had with this is that the action scenes are for the most part handled with very little flair. Added to this, the best scene in the entire movie (for me at least) was actually at the very beginning when our hero is shown banger racing in a heavily armoured car. Needless to say, after such an intro the remaining 80 or so minutes of the movie seemed pale in comparison.

Still, as previously mentioned, the overall look of the film is very commendable indeed (bar one or two instances of very dodgy model work) and there's some great gross out moments (including one excellent head bashing scene!)

I'm tempted to deduct another point from this film however, due to the all too common and sad trend of some Italian genre movies of the time that regretfully rears it's ugly head here - genuine animal cruelty/killing. In this case we are 'treated' to a display of some rats getting speared. Such a disgusting trend ostensibly stemmed from the cannibal themed movies of the same period as were pioneered by directors Umberto Lenzi and Ruggero Deodato - both of whom were more than capable of producing highly enjoyable films without having to resort to such repulsive, cheap shock tactics.

Would you believe that I have actually spoken to people who have tried to justify such barbaric acts 'for the sake of art''?! I've also spoken to various other cretinous wretches who seem to be under the misguided impression that watching such acts of cruelty in films somehow makes them more 'macho' as it logically denotes that 'they can take anything' (!!!!)

Still back to the film in question.....overall, whilst not unwatchable by any stretch of the imagination, After The Fall Of New York, for me, distinctly lacked enough intriguing scenes to raise it above the average mark.

My advice is, if you're into the genre then watch it by all means, it does have a hefty fan base, however for much more enjoyment value, check out the far superior film it is copied - erm...I mean inspired from, Escape From New York.


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