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Trancers (1984)

PG-13 | | Action, Sci-Fi | 22 May 1985 (USA)
Jack Deth is a kind of cop/bounty hunter in the bleak Los Angeles of the future. He's become obssessed with chasing Whistler - an evil criminal who uses powerful hypnotic powers to convert ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Thomerson ... Jack Deth
Helen Hunt ... Leena
Michael Stefani Michael Stefani ... Whistler / Detective Weisling
Art LaFleur ... McNulty (as Art La Fleur)
Telma Hopkins ... Engineer Raines
Richard Herd ... Chairman Spencer
Anne Seymour ... Chairman Ashe
Miguel Fernandes ... Officer Lopez (as Miguel Fernandez)
Biff Manard Biff Manard ... Hap Ashby
Peter Schrum ... Santa Claus (as Pete Schrum)
Barbara Perry Barbara Perry ... Mrs. Santa Claus
Brad Logan Brad Logan ... Bull
Minnie Summers Lindsey ... 'Mom' (as Minnie Lindsay)
Richard Erdman ... Drunken Wise Man
Wiley Harker Wiley Harker ... Dapper Old Man
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Storyline

Jack Deth is a kind of cop/bounty hunter in the bleak Los Angeles of the future. He's become obssessed with chasing Whistler - an evil criminal who uses powerful hypnotic powers to convert people into zombie like creatures known as trancers. Whistler has managed to escape through time travel and is loose in 1980s L.A. but Deth is on his trail. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Taglines:

The Battle for the Future has begun. See more »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Future Cop See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Bette Davis had been considered for the role of Chairman Ashe, but was unavailable for the part. See more »

Goofs

'Art LaFleur''s surname is misspelled in the opening credits as Le Fleur, though it does appear as La Fleur in the closing credits. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack Deth: Last January, I finally singed Martin Whistler out on one of the rim planets. Since then, I've been hunting down the last of his murdering cult. We call them "Trancers:" slaves to Whistler's psychic power. Not really alive, not dead enough. It's July now, and I'm tired. Real tired.
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Deck the Halls
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Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant
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the eternal struggle between detectives and zombies!
19 March 2004 | by dr_foremanSee all my reviews

"Trancers" is one of the most enjoyable B-movies ever made. The time travel plot and "fish-out-of-water" aspects make it similar to the first "Terminator," but try to imagine that classic film with an infinitely lower budget and a more highly developed sense of humor. On some days, I probably prefer the wisecracking antics of "Trancers" star Tim Thomerson to the earnestness of Michal Biehn in Cameron's film; in this instance, cheaper production values and more obscure actors do not necessarily equal an inferior product.

Thomerson is, without a doubt, the glue that holds the whole silly series together. He's a performer, not an actor. He entertains without emoting. And hey, for this material, that's fine. In fact, that's the bomb. He could read his lines right off the page in a monotone, and you'd still want to stand up and cheer.

The only flaw in this film is a slightly boring villain, but everything else is cool - check out Helen Hunt as some kind of trashy '80s biker chick. Best scene? When Thomerson beats up the stupid punks in the disco.

Overall, an effective blend of the sci-fi and detective genres, and a good indicator of what imagination and a good sense of humor can accomplish in the absence of cash.


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