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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 Bell Edward Bell ... Paley
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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Taglines:

For Glory, For Nation, For Survival: Let the Game Begin! 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 March 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,730,596
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Zamir: [setting fire to the rope on which Cabot is climbing] Burn, you bastard!
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Spoofed in Family Guy: The Woof of Wall Street (2018) See more »

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Get Even
Written by Alan Nathanson and Roger Stone
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"My people...!" So bad it's hilarious
5 December 2002 | by jamesjones01-1See all my reviews

I first saw this movie with three friends at a theater in Norman, Oklahoma when it first came out. Aside from the four of us, the usher was in the theater, and the projectionist too. They should've gotten combat pay.

The US government goes to a gymnast to get him to train for and participate in The Game, a decathlon cum obstacle course held each year in the tiny country of Parmistan (the four of us immediately decided its major export was Parmesan cheese...). The Khan of Parmistan grants each winner a favor, and the US wants our hero to ask pretty please to let the US put some kind of radar installation in Parmistan to support SDI. Our hero agrees--after all, his dad mysteriously disappeared in Parmistan.

Our hero gets some help from the Khan's daughter, who turns out to be the only citizen of Parmistan who looks even vaguely Asian. (_Gymkata_ was filmed in Zagreb, then in Yugoslavia.) There are people who want to stop him, though--fortunately, every place our hero is in danger, there happens to be a convenient piece of gymnastic equipment that he can leap onto and kick some enemy behind. (It even comes pre-powdered so his hands won't slip--they think of everything!)

A high point of the film is the Khan himself, and his pronouncements from the balcony. We in the theater swore up and down that Mel Brooks was playing the Khan... He always uttered some non-English interjection that we promptly forgot (UPDATE: it's "yakmalla!"), replacing with "Uff- da!" when imitating him during and after the film, and followed it up with "My people!"

I recommend this in a double feature with _Phenomenal and the Mask of Tutankhamen_. Think you need an Abdomenizer? Nope--just watch these two movies.


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