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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asia Mission See more »

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Christopher Atkins was considered for the male lead. 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 Cornman: American Vegetable Hero (2001) See more »

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Get Even
Written by Alan Nathanson and Roger Stone
Performed by Remote Control
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One of the greatest "bad" movies of all time
10 April 2004 | by JPMaratSee all my reviews

I met Kurt Thomas at a gymnastics even in 1992. First thing I said to him was "Gymkata?" It is probably not difficult to imagine the look that came over the poor man's face at that point.

But I love Gymkata. We used to watch it for its tremendous entertainment value as an all-time great "bad" movie. My own personal favorite parts are the pommel horse in the medieval lunatic asylum, the guy saying "there is some anti-American sentiment going around here" immediately before being shot with an arrow, and of course the "Yak-MALLA!" war cry of "Parmistan." Oh, yeah, the four or five repetitions of "Karabal, on the Caspian Sea" before the place is shown with just that as the caption on the screen.

Yak-MALLA indeed!

JP Marat L'Ami du Peuple


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