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The Time Guardian (1987)

In the distant future, the human race nears extinction and a new race of beast-like creatures rule the earth. The few surviving people live in the City, a huge protected construction with ... See full summary »

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Brian Hannant

Writers:

John Baxter (screenplay), Brian Hannant (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Burlinson ... Ballard
Nikki Coghill ... Annie
Dean Stockwell ... Boss
Carrie Fisher ... Petra
Peter Merrill Peter Merrill ... Zuryk / Committee Member
Tim Robertson ... Sergeant McCarthy
Jim Holt Jim Holt ... Rafferty
Thye Liew Wan Thye Liew Wan ... Sun-Wah
Damon Sanders Damon Sanders ... Smith
Tom Karpanny Tom Karpanny ... Tracker
Henry Salter Henry Salter ... Prenzler
Peter Healy Peter Healy ... Wayne
Adrian Shirley Adrian Shirley ... Counihan
Don Barker Don Barker ... Undertaker
Terrayne Crawford Terrayne Crawford ... Tucker (as Terry Crawford)
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In the distant future, the human race nears extinction and a new race of beast-like creatures rule the earth. The few surviving people live in the City, a huge protected construction with the ability to travel in both space and time. The City travels back to our time to save humanity... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Earths last hero fights a desperate battle to save the future... and the past. Pray he's not too late. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1987 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Time Guardian See more »

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Budget:

AUD 8,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the tribe of the cyborg race was "The Jen-Diki". See more »

Quotes

Annie Lassiter: Tell me more, Ballard.
Ballard: About the City?
Annie Lassiter: Yeah.
Ballard: You'd be amazed. The technology's enormous. We've got powers your time only dreams about.
Annie Lassiter: No, I mean, the people. Are they different?
Ballard: They still fight and squabble, and try very hard to outdo each other. I guess they're not very different.
Annie Lassiter: And what about men and women?
Ballard: They fall in and out of love, marry and divorce, argue over the children... what?
Annie Lassiter: I'm pleased.
Ballard: Why?
[...]
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Soundtracks

This Time I Know
Music by Allan Zavod & Bobby Martin (as Robert Martin)
Lyrics by Bobby Martin (as Robert Martin)
Produced by Allan Zavod
Sung by Angry Anderson
Courtesy of Mushroom Records
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Minor but enjoyable.
24 August 2013 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Sci-fi junkies may derive some entertainment out of the silly time killer "The Time Guardian". It's often incoherent, and is of no real substance, but it's amusing often enough, and just clunky enough, to make it adequately diverting for those with a fondness for cheese. Those intrigued by the presence of Carrie Fisher ("Star Wars" episodes IV to VI) and Dean Stockwell ('Quantum Leap') may be rather disappointed with the overall results, but if one isn't too demanding, it may put a smile on their faces. The special effects, sets, music, acting, and action sequences are mostly passable.

It takes place in the Earth of the 41st century when humans are overwhelmed by a new adversary: half organic, half machine villains called Jendiki. Fortunately, some of the humans inhabit an entire city that has the ability to travel through time. The city transports itself back to the Australia of the 1980s in an attempt to change the future, with troopers Ballard (a tough, snarling Tom Burlinson ("Flesh + Blood")) and Petra (Fisher) sent ahead as scouts to ensure that the spot chosen for landing will be safe. Of course, the Jendiki are hot on their trail, and Ballard and Petra have to deal with them as well as with crooked local cops. One good thing for Ballard is that he meets perky young Annie, played by the insanely gorgeous Nikki Coghill of the Aussie TV series 'Neighbours'.

As directed by "Mad Max 2" co-writer Brian Hannant, "The Time Guardian" can't boast any truly memorable set pieces, but it's an easy enough to take bit of fluff. Fisher does what she can with a spunky role, but Stockwell is utterly wasted in his part, the "boss" of the city. Burlinson would have fared better had he played his part with a little more humour. But Coghill is quite charming, and goes topless for a sexy swimming scene. Peter Merrill chews up the scenery as head bad guy Zuryk.

This movie may be a trifle in the end, but it does wrap itself up fairly quickly, clocking in at a brief 88 minutes. Overall it's a fair bit of fun.

Six out of 10.


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