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Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 24 August 1983 (France)
A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director:

Godfrey Reggio

Writers:

Ron Fricke (scenario), Godfrey Reggio (scenario) | 7 more credits »
6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Edward Asner ... Self - On TV (archive footage) (uncredited)
Pat Benatar ... Self - On TV (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jerry Brown ... Self - On TV (archive footage) (uncredited)
Johnny Carson ... Self - On TV (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dick Cavett ... Self - On TV (archive footage) (uncredited)
Marilyn Chambers ... Self - On TV (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Self - On TV (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lou Dobbs ... Self - On TV (archive footage) (uncredited)
Thomas Dolby ... Self - On TV (archive footage) (uncredited)
Linda Ellerbee ... Self - On TV (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jerry Falwell ... Self - On TV (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mark J. Goodman Mark J. Goodman ... Self - On TV (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ted Koppel ... Self - On TV (archive footage) (uncredited)
Peter Sellers ... Self - On TV (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bill Tush Bill Tush ... Self - On TV (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Storyline

This experimental film looks at the world and more specifically the effect man has had on the landscape and the environment. Without narration, the film shows the world in a pristine condition and untouched: blue skies, beautiful landscapes and endless vistas. The man-made world is much less appealing. Essentially a montage using a variety of film techniques to provide a visually stunning montage of images. Written by garykmcd

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October 4, 1982. More than 5,000 people filled the sold out Radio City Music Hall to experience a remarkable film event. That event was the world premiere of KOYAANISQATSI. Now everyone can share the power of that experience. See more »

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

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Trivia

Approximately 34 minutes into the film, a series of ground-level and helicopter shots depicts an abandoned public housing project, which is demolished by implosion approximately 2 1/2 minutes later. The project is Pruitt-Igoe (misspelled in the DVD menu as "Pruit Igoe") in St. Louis, Missouri, which was completed in 1956 and torn down in 1972. The architect was Minoru Yamasaki, who also designed the original World Trade Center in New York. See more »

Goofs

The two explosions at about 18 minutes into the film were shot with anamorphic lenses and not properly desqueezed for the film's 1.85:1 aspect ratio. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
title card: Translation of the Hopi Prophecies sung in the film: "If we dig precious things from the land, we will invite disaster." - "Near the Day of Purification, there will be cobwebs spun back and forth in the sky." - "A container of ashes might one day be thrown from the sky, which could burn the land and boil the oceans."
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Crazy Credits

End credits go over mashed voice recordings in English ranging from call operator answers to television news. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Microchip
Written by Philip Glass
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User Reviews

Very interesting
8 November 2002 | by DJAkinSee all my reviews

This movie has no script, just visions and music. It is very nice to watch. The photography is amazing. This, along with the music, make it a very surreal experience to watch. I bought the DVD and just love it. The music is terrific and the commentary in the special features section is just out of this world.


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Official Sites:

Official Qatsi Trilogy site

Country:

USA

Language:

None | Hopi | English

Release Date:

24 August 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,723,872

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,723,872
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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