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Megaville (1990)

A sci-fi fantasy about a world where it is illegal to enjoy any kind of media except in a place called Megaville. After catching a brutal killer named Jenson, the media police send an agent... See full summary »


Peter Lehner
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Cast overview, first billed only:
J.C. Quinn ... Newman
Billy Zane ... Palinov / Jensen
John Lantz John Lantz ... Heller
Pamela Hastings Pamela Hastings ... D.A.L. Girl
Daniel J. Travanti ... Duprell
Stefan Gierasch ... Dr. Vogel
Grace Zabriskie ... Mrs. Palinov
Al Strobel ... Speaker
Vincent Guastaferro ... Hotel Clerk (as Vincent F. Guastaferro)
Kristen Cloke ... Christine
Bryan Clark Bryan Clark ... President Hughes
Michelle Roth Michelle Roth ... Anchorwoman
Jim O'Doherty ... TV Reporter (as James O'Doherty)
Leslie Morris Leslie Morris ... Vargas
Raymond O'Connor ... Taylor


A sci-fi fantasy about a world where it is illegal to enjoy any kind of media except in a place called Megaville. After catching a brutal killer named Jenson, the media police send an agent, Palinov, to infiltrate Jenson's circle of criminals in Megaville because Palinov bears a striking resemblance to Jenson. Palinov, however, begins to suffer intense headaches and has visions of the killings. His mission becomes even more confusing when the president of Megaville is assassinated and the media police seem more interested in doing business with the criminals than catching them. Written by adamdrayer

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Big city. Big bucks. Big trouble. See more »


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The film was cut by 7 seconds for a "15" rating in the UK. See more »


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Needs Much More Than It Was Given.
29 July 2003 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

A seedy production throughout, not helped by a manifest lack of funding, this unrefined attempt at making a cyberpunk noir film relates events in an unrevealed future when, in a locale referred to as The Hemisphere (and sometimes as The Zone), it is illegal to view television or movies, including those on video tape, thereby naturally causing a thriving market in bootleg recordings. Billy Zane portrays a member of the Media Police, Raymond Palinov, selected by the "CKS" (Internal Security) to infiltrate into a neighbouring city-state called Megaville wherein "media" is legal, in an ostensible attempt to assist in discouraging the continuance of a conduit of media products into the Hemisphere, and who has been recipient of a remote control transmitter installed in his brain, from which he will receive instructions from the CKS head, played by Daniel J. Travanti. There is a good deal of raw material here for application of satire, but the work is poorly written, directed and executed, with bafflement rampant as to what is transpiring during a majority of scenes, while poor Zane, charismatic under strong direction, is permitted in this instance his full range of fey mannerisms, and with contemporary street scenes of the Los Angeles Civic Center dolefully failing to impress as a future anything, at all.

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Release Date:

22 January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Megaloupoli See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Ultra Stereo


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