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Gandahar (1988)

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 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 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:

2 March 1988 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Light Years See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$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 release changed the original orchestral soundtrack to a progressive style rock, in an attempt to better fit the American audience. See more »

Quotes

Homme-métal: Men of metal: Our mission is a success, our losses do not matter. Those metal men who were destroyed have served a worthy cause, we need not mourne them. Death has meaning only for contemptible beings; beings in love with the individual self. The "I" does not exist.
Men of Metal: I do not exist.
Homme-métal: The true "I" is we. It is we. It is we!
Men of Metal: The true "I" is we. It is we. It is we.
Homme-métal: And we are he. He, the great beginning. Master of our energy and soon master of the world. We are destroying the decadent Gandahar, ...
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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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Decide for yourself...
30 August 2004 | by Logan SanSee all my reviews

It's not as bad as some people want to make you think. "Time Masters" is much better, but if you like "Time Masters" (and like it much more than "The Fantastic Planet") then you'll probably like "Gandahar" (aka "Light Years") too.

It's true, it has a lot of talk, but that's because it HAS a real story instead of other so called adult animation movies. The music wasn't bad (I even find it good), but especially one music was getting on my nerves at the end of the film. The animation isn't a breakthrough either, but with it's light effects and the fantastic backgrounds it was 100 times better than the animation in Fantastic Planet. On the other hand it's falling to dust if compared to the best Japanese animation films at that time like "Akira" for example.

Go and decide for yourself!


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