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Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)

Three women make an emergency landing on a planet plagued with a fatal disease, but are captured by dictator Overdog. Adventurer Wolff goes there to rescue them and meets Niki, the only ... See full summary »

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Lamont Johnson

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Stewart Harding (story), Jean LaFleur (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Strauss ... Wolff
Molly Ringwald ... Niki
Ernie Hudson ... Washington
Andrea Marcovicci ... Chalmers
Michael Ironside ... Overdog
Beeson Carroll Beeson Carroll ... Grandman Patterson
Hrant Alianak ... Chemist
Deborah Pratt ... Meagan
Aleisa Shirley ... Reena
Cali Timmins ... Nova
Paul Boretski Paul Boretski ... Jarrett
Patrick Rowe Patrick Rowe ... Duster
Reggie Bennett Reggie Bennett ... Barracuda Leader
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Storyline

Three women make an emergency landing on a planet plagued with a fatal disease, but are captured by dictator Overdog. Adventurer Wolff goes there to rescue them and meets Niki, the only Earthling left from a medical expedition. Combining their talents, they try to rescue the women. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Journey with Wolff and Niki, an interstellar adventurer and young rebel. On a mission to rescue three stranded women from a planet no one has warned them about. Because no one has ever returned.


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spacehunter See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,053,016, 22 May 1983

Gross USA:

$16,478,265
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Stereo (Dolby 2.0)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During production, the name of the villain, played by Michael Ironside, was changed from "King Creep" to "Overdog". See more »

Goofs

When Wolff takes Niki with him in his car for the the first time, he opens the door during the ride in a close shot towards the end of the scene. In the very next shot - a wide shot - the roof is closed again. See more »

Quotes

Nicki: Y'know, there's room for two in there, if they was cozy.
Wolff: Well, we ain't cozy.
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Alternate Versions

Released in Japan on the short-lived VHD format in 3-D. This disc has been widely copied to make bootleg tapes and DVDs. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Stinkers of 1983 (1983) See more »

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Might be dated, but should be celebrated!
27 December 2006 | by Paul ShrimptonSee all my reviews

Been waiting for this for a long time - as cult classics go it's one of my more memorable adolescent reminiscences.

I remember seeing this on the big screen when it was first released. Loved it then, for several reasons: Strauss was capable but cool as the hero Wolf, Molly Ringwald was feisty, mouthy and cheeky as the elfin Nikki, and Michael Ironsides was virtually unrecognisable under his make-up, but still gave Overdog a sinister air of menace and cruelty.

Now, 20 years later, I get to see it again, and there are flaws that time has exposed. The effects and the music are very dated. The dialogue is weak in places, and the acting from the minor characters leaves something to be desired. However, it still has a sense of excitement and adventure that many other sci-fi flicks of the 80s now lack. The action is fast-paced, the interaction between the leads is good, and the scenery is suitably dark and barren.

7/10 - it's well worth overlooking the more dated elements in order to uncover the gem underneath.


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