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Gandahar (1987)

An evil force from a 1000 years in the future begins to destroy an idyllic paradise, where the citizens are in perfect harmony with nature.

Director:

René Laloux

Writers:

René Laloux (adaptation), Jean-Pierre Andrevon (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre-Marie Escourrou Pierre-Marie Escourrou ... Sylvain (voice)
Catherine Chevallier Catherine Chevallier ... Airelle (voice)
Georges Wilson ... Métamorphe (voice)
Anny Duperey ... Ambisextra (voice)
Jean-Pierre Ducos Jean-Pierre Ducos ... Blaminhor (voice)
Christine Paris Christine Paris ... Porte-parole (voice)
Zaïra Benbadis Zaïra Benbadis ... Voix Enregistrées (voice)
Claude Degliame Claude Degliame ... Voix Enregistrées (voice)
Olivier Cruveiller Olivier Cruveiller ... Homme-métal (voice)
Jean-Pierre Jorris ... Transformés (voice)
Dominique Maurin Dominique Maurin ... Transformés (voice) (as Dominique Maurin-Collignon)
Jean-Jacques Scheffer Jean-Jacques Scheffer ... Transformés (voice)
Jean Saudray ... Transformés (voice)
Frédéric Witta Frédéric Witta ... Transformés (voice)
Philippe Noël Philippe Noël ... Transformés (voice)
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Storyline

Gandahar is a utopian world of rare beauty and tranquility, the result of extensive mutation and genetic experimentation. But the perfect peace is shattered when a mysterious evil force invades this idyllic serenity, turning people into stone with petrifying rays. The Council of Women hold court and decide to send Sylvain, son of Queen Ambisextra, on a mission to destroy the enemy. Together with the beautiful and adventurous Arielle, the enemy that Sylvain eventually discovers very far from his home is the ultimate failure of Gandaharian scientific experimentation. It is a giant brain known as the Metamorphis, which has created an indestructible army of metal men to destroy Gandahar. Sylvain must battle the Metamorphis, but not until 1000 years in the future. Written by Morpheus

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Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Light Years See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,665, 31 January 1988

Gross USA:

$370,698

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$370,698
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (VHS release) (USA)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The English version was directed by Harvey Weinstein and produced by Bob Weinstein. See more »

Quotes

Chief of the Deformed: Now then, do you really believe we're the enemy?
Sylvain: I do.
Chief of the Deformed: Capable of... conquering you?
Sylvain: Never!
Chief of the Deformed: Sylvain, can't you guess who we are?
Sylvain: No...
Chief of the Deformed: Don't you *know* who we are? We with these bodies, these heads, these limbs, shaped all ways, unassembled without care? C'mon, Sylvain.
Sylvain: The... the deformed?
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Alternate Versions

The Miramax Dubbed version is edited from the original French release. Most of the editing is from the first 36 minutes from the film. In the Miramax cut there is a new introduction of a quote by Issac Asimov, and an extended ending using footage from earlier in the film. The French cut ends with the head floating through the air. The French version contains roughly 6 minutes and 37 seconds more footage than the Miramax version(not including the Opening Titles and Credits). A lot of this is dialogue and more intimate scenes between Sylvain and Airelle in the nest and on the ship to Métamorphe. There is also a sequence cut of the black robots which is also shown in a montage inside Métamorphe later in the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) See more »

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not typical sci-fi
1 February 2001 | by darrylb500See all my reviews

I noticed this movie at a local rental place the other week and thought, 'What on Earth is THIS?'

My dad has a book with 17,000 movie reviews--just reviews ranging from a sentence to a couple of paragraphs--and they gave it 2 1/2 stars--3 being good--so it was almost good (to them). They chastised the almost non-existent characterizations, which I agree; we're given a character, we're given about half a minute background on them, and then this is what the character has to do. I was surprised that they didn't mention the almost non-existent voice "acting" (note the quotes), as everyone just pretty much mumbled their lines...even such a big talent as Glenn Close (playing the queen) didn't help.

However, please note these are VERY minor gripes. I would've given the movie three stars myself. It's not the typical sci-fi, with the stupidity of childhood geniuses and robots with feelings abound (and I don't think the stereotypes of "oh no, it's sci-fi AND a cartoon!" help either). It's very imaginative, but pretty dark and apocalyptic; probably not for kids under the age of 6, if not 8.

And on a side note, there was some pretty good music in it, too, and a lot of it.


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