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Future Hunters (1989)

A man from a post-apocalyptic future travels back in time to prevent the coming nuclear holocaust and enlists the help of a young couple.


Cirio H. Santiago


Anthony Maharaj (story), J. Lee Thompson (screenplay) (as J.L. Thompson)


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Robert Patrick ... Slade
Linda Carol ... Michelle
Ed Crick Ed Crick ... Fielding
Bob Schott ... Bauer
David Light David Light ... Zaar
Paul Holmes Paul Holmes ... Hightower
Peter Shilton Peter Shilton ... Old Man
Ursula Marquez Ursula Marquez ... Amazon Queen
Elizabeth Oropesa ... Huntress
Bruce Le ... Liu (as Bruce Li)
Jung-Lee Hwang ... Silverfox (as Jang Lee Hwang)
Richard Norton ... Matthew


2025 A.D. A lone adventurer searches the post-nuclear wasteland for the most devastating, godless artifact in history. When he touches it, he is transported back in time to 1989 Los Angeles. Mortally wounded he requests a young couple to return the spear to its sheath and end its reign of evil. Written by Joe Conner

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When a chance encounter becomes a deadly adventure.


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March 1989 (USA) See more »

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Deadly Quest See more »

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Hong Kong, China See more »

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Lightning Pictures See more »
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After finishing work on this film, Robert Patrick starred in another post apocalyptic flick - Equalizer 2000 (1987). See more »


At 27 minutes the car chasing Slade and Michelle is a Ford LTD or Galaxie 500, but when it goes off the road, crashes and burns it is a Ford Grenada. See more »


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T-1000 whoops butt and gets butt-whooped!
31 July 2014 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

You can say a lot of harsh and unfriendly things about director Cirio H. Santiago (and most of them will still be too gentle), but he definitely was responsible for some nice footnotes in B-movie history as well. For example, did you know that he single-handedly launched the career of Robert Patrick? Half a decade before he became an immortal cult icon with his role as the stoic liquid-metal cyborg in "Terminator II: Judgment Day", Robert Patrick starred in no less than four Santiago flicks, including the horrible dud "Equalizer 2000" and this debut feature "Future Hunters". I'm not too sure if Robert still likes to be remembered of his collaborations with the late Cirio H. Santiago, though. Here, he walks around in tidy white underpants an awful lot and gets his ass kicked several times during the first half of the film (but mostly kicks other ass during the second half). Many of my fellow reviewers around here apparently consider "Future Hunters" to be pure B-movie Walhalla, but yours truly politely disagrees… The film is a rip-off potpourri of numerous great classics, but it isn't half as exhilarating and entertaining as it should have been. Cheap & exploitative rip-offs ought to surpass their role model movies in terms of over-the-top action, absurd situations, sleaze, violence and flamboyance – like several Italian flicks do, for example "Hunters of the Golden Cobra" or "Atlantis Interceptors" – but this one fails. The ideas are there, since the script steals aspects from monumental franchises like "Mad Max", "Indiana Jones" and "Star Wars", but they are all just very random and unprocessed. The story opens in the year 2025; with the brave warrior Matthew tracking down a Christian artifact in a devastated post-apocalyptic landscape. This particular artifact – a spear – holds the power to prevent the cataclysm from happening and its mere touch transports Matthew back to 1989. There he immediately gets shot by biker thugs (how about that, he's supposed to be strongest warrior of the future but he can't even survive 10 minutes in the 80's) and desperately begs a young couple to take custody over the spear and bring it to the place where it belongs. Michelle (lovely Linda Carol) and Slade (Robert Patrick) promptly find themselves pursued by Nazis, Asian mobsters and whatnot and they all want to possess the spear. How do they even know that this young couple has the spear? The race ends – after a lot of lousy martial arts fights and cheesy helicopter explosions – on a small island inhabited by midget Mongols and Amazon women. "Future Hunters" is allegedly co-scripted by the respectable director J. Lee Thompson, but I think he has very little to do with the finished product, since it carries all the inept trademarks of Cirio H. Santiago. This means a total absence of logic, suspense or continuity, poorly staged action sequences and a ridiculously high amount of cast members giving away horrible performances. "Future Hunters" is boring, stupid and it can't hold a candle to the rip-off exploitation flicks that were made in Italy around the same period.

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