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Terminus (1987)

In a sort of "Mad Max" futuristic adventure, an international sport has been established where a driver of a computerized truck must drive across country to an established terminus and not ... See full summary »


Pierre-William Glenn (scenario and dialogue), Patrice Duvic (scenario and dialogue) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Johnny Hallyday ... Stump
Karen Allen ... Gus
Jürgen Prochnow ... Sir / Doctor / Yellow Truck's Driver
Gabriel Damon ... Mati
Julie Glenn Julie Glenn ... Princess
Dieter Schidor Dieter Schidor ... Doctor's Assistent
János Kulka János Kulka ... Man with Dark Glasses
Dominique Valera Dominique Valera ... Major
Jean-Luc Montama Jean-Luc Montama ... Mercenary #1
Ray Montama Ray Montama ... Mercenary #2
Bruno Ciarrochi Bruno Ciarrochi ... Mercenary #3
David Jalil David Jalil ... Mercenary #4
André Nocquet André Nocquet ... Limo Driver
Louise Vincent Louise Vincent ... Monster's Voice (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mathieu Carrière ... Doctor / Le docteur (voice)


In a sort of "Mad Max" futuristic adventure, an international sport has been established where a driver of a computerized truck must drive across country to an established terminus and not be stopped by other vehicles. The lead truck, called "Monster" has been created by a boy genius and is to be driven by a woman through the course. The only problem is the computer guidance system fails and she ends up in uncharted territories. There she encounters leather-clad hoods who torture her and eventually kill her. Before dying she tells a fellow prisoner about the truck and he uses it to escape. Most of the rest of the film is his relationship ("2001" - Hal-like) with the truck's computer and his avoidance of attacking vehicles. Meanwhile back at the Terminus, the boy genius is ruled by a mysterious doctor, who may have another plan in mind. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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The film takes place in 2037. See more »


The closing credits misspell the name of the Compaq computer as "Compag". See more »


Referenced in 69 minutes sans chichis: Johnny Hallyday (2015) See more »


End of the Line - Terminus Love Theme
Written by Stan Ridgway
Performed by Stan Ridgway
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a typical pessimistic sci/fi movie
28 December 2005 | by arsenickSee all my reviews

Unlike Mad Max, we do not much about any apocalyptic event occurred before the time of the story which takes place in a near future. A strong government is ruling, rogue-military and police are keeping peace, borders are close and secured, and above all, no game is allowed. "Game leads to thinking, and thinking to rebellion". On the other side, an underground mad scientist called "Sir" (Jurgen Prochnow, excellent as usual)is trying to perform cloning experimentations and cybernetic enhancement of the human brain, by helping his own clone (called "Doctor") to create two children whose brain has been upgraded and own will annihilated. The boy "Mati" is the last product of the "Doctor". In order to test him, "Sir" has organized a forbidden game which consists of a truck race across forbidden areas and borders, to reach the "Terminus", i.e the hidden base of the "Doctor". In fact, "Sir"'s purpose is to create an army of young devoted and intelligent fellows in order to take power over the government. Leading the truck race, Mati has created a new era of a computer, "Monster", integrated to a truck driven by Gus, a female truck driver. Somehow, "Monster" experiments failures which do not appear to be purposeless.

Relationships between the two drivers and "Monster", Mati, an orphan girl met in a prison camp, are the heart of the story, and their hope and faith in freethinking, love and protection of the most defenseless ones, is considered to be the main danger for both the government and "Sir".

This movie is dealing with a chase, a race, manipulations and strange hope.

The cinematography is very unusual, the Grey/green/red colors remind the visual universe of sci/fi comics. You need to enter this very personal environment to be delighted in watching this movie.

I remember I was astonished as a teenager, seeing this movie in theaters, long ago.

Karen Allen, Johnny Halyday and Jurgen Prochnow, as well as "Monster" performed this unusual movie as if they were part of Glenn's universe and bad dreams.

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28 January 1987 (France) See more »

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