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Gymkata (1985)

R | | Action, Thriller | 3 May 1985 (USA)
An American gymnast travels to a foreign country to compete in a deadly game not won by anyone other than a native in more than 900 years.

Director:

Robert Clouse

Writers:

Charles Robert Carner (screenplay by), Dan Tyler Moore (based on the novel "The Terrible Game" by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kurt Thomas ... Jonathan Cabot
Tetchie Agbayani ... Princess Rubali
Richard Norton ... Zamir
Edward Michael Bell Edward Michael Bell ... Paley (as Edward Bell)
John Barrett John Barrett ... Gomez
Conan Lee ... Hao
Bob Schott ... Thorg
Buck Kartalian ... The Kahn
Eric Lawson Eric Lawson ... Colonel Cabot
Sonny Barnes Sonny Barnes ... Western Trainer
Tadashi Yamashita ... Eastern Trainer
Sharan Lea ... Connie
Zlatko Pokupec Zlatko Pokupec ... Mackle (as Z. Pokupec)
Slobodan Dimitrijevic Slobodan Dimitrijevic ... Tamerlane (as S. Dimitrijevic)
Ivo Kristof Ivo Kristof ... Brockschmidt (as I. Kristof)
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Storyline

Johnathan Cabot is a champion gymnast. In the tiny, yet savage, country of Parmistan, there is a perfect spot for a "star wars" site. For the US to get this site, they must compete in the brutal "Game". The government calls on Cabot, the son of a former operative, to win the game. Cabot must combine his gymnastics skills of the west with fighting secrets of the east and form GYMKATA! Written by Max Halperin <halperin@usc.edu>

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You are invited to witness the deadliest martial art of them all... See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film's source material ("The Terrible Game" by Dan Tyler Moore) was originally published in 1957. A film version of the book was originally planned in the early-1960s as a Rock Hudson vehicle, but never got off the ground. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Cabot: [to Zamir] The Khan explained the game! Now back off!
Zamir: And you believed a fool.
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Connections

Referenced in Sex and Death 101 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Even
Written by Alan Nathanson and Roger Stone
Performed by Remote Control
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The Parmistani are a proud people.
3 January 2003 | by El DangerosoSee all my reviews

The best thing about "Gymkata" is that it takes itself very seriously. Actual men and women worked on this film with no intention of creating a hysterically abominable failure. Yet, despite a premise that fails to produce anything beyond derisive laughter, the project somehow landed financing.

Highlights include: The Khan of Parmistan, a man who looks like Albert Einstein with Carl Levin's comb-over. "The Town of the Crazies," a village of criminally insane people. A man who severs his own hand for no apparent reason in the aforementioned town. A man (also in that town) who wears a cloak with the back cut out to reveal his buttocks. The oft-repeated location, "Karabal, on the Caspian Sea." The title card that lets us know when we've arrived at "Karabal, on the Caspian Sea." Princess Rubali and her odd fascination with cutlery. A man named "Thorg," who has been admired by the hero "since Munich." An actual line of dialogue that refers to "a nightmare in hell." The five punch/kick sound effects that get recycled beyond believability. A character who presumably fell to his death in a gaping, barren canyon only to have his fall "broken by some trees." The random placement of gymnastics apparatuses. The complete lack of resolution to numerous dangling plot points. Kurt Thomas's wardrobe and haircut. The men working at "The Salt Mines," who just poke a large pile of refined salt with hoes. Also, we get the privilege of seeing a shadowy government agent push away a gymnastics groupie who tries to get too close to a post-dismount Kurt Thomas.

If you happen across this movie, you must watch it. "Gymkata" stands as an example of what happens when no one offers a dissenting opinion anywhere in the filmmaking process. This is a technique that was later revealed in Joel Schumacher's "Batman & Robin."

"Gymkata" fulfills every expectation you may have of a film combining gymnastics and ninjitsu. Plenty of gymnastics, plenty of ninjitsu. See it with a friend and enjoy its many failures. All hail "Gymkata!"


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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Adriatic Sea See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,261,845, 5 May 1985

Gross USA:

$5,730,596

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,730,596
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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