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Gymkata (1985)

R | | Action, Drama | 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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Jonathan Cabot
... Princess Rubali
... Zamir
Edward Bell ... Paley
John Barrett ... Gomez
Conan Lee ... Hao
... Thorg
... The Kahn
Eric Lawson ... Colonel Cabot
Sonny Barnes ... Western Trainer
... Eastern Trainer
... Connie
Zlatko Pokupec ... Mackle (as Z. Pokupec)
Slobodan Dimitrijevic ... Tamerlane (as S. Dimitrijevic)
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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The skill of gymnastics, the kill of karate. See more »

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Action | Drama

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3 May 1985 (USA)  »

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Asia Mission  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,261,845, 5 March 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,730,596
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1.85 : 1
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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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Village of the Giants (1994) 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 See 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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