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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 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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Pray he's not too late. See more »


Certificate:

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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

American actress Carrie Fisher was cast in the picture in the lead female role after her world-wide success in the three "Star Wars" movies to that time, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). The Time Guardian (1987) was made and released about four years after the latter. The word "Jedi" associated with the "Star Wars" series has a similarity in sound to the "Jen-Diki" of The Time Guardian (1987). 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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Almost uniformly dreadful
5 July 2009 | by jbmeansSee all my reviews

If this film didn't end Dean Stockwell's and Carrie Fisher's careers, nothing will. The narrative sequence often contradicts itself, and the plot line gets lost in the stylistic excesses of the direction. Production qualities are laughably amateurish (especially the JenDiki sequences), and some of the most violent scenes serve no structural purpose (do not advance the plot). A notably embarrassing aspect is the star billing given to Dean Stockwell, who obviously phoned in his performance one afternoon. Before seeing this film, I had thought that all major actors had agents who steer them away from career-killing disasters. Because this film is laughably bad, it might be recommended as a satirical send-up of the sci-fi genre, unintentional spoof though it may be.


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