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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 »


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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 ... 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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A world of mega deals, megabucks, and megalomania. See more »


Sci-Fi | Thriller


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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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Ventura Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


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


Remake of Alphaville (1965) See more »

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Realistic Science fiction!
13 January 2018 | by hamedmysterySee all my reviews

If you like heroic science fiction movies with a lot of action scenes and extraordinary stunts, or Disaster Sci-fi with a hero who wants save the world against the aliens, monsters and other disasters, there is nothing for you in the movie Megaville. Also you can't find any kind of superheroes there. But if you search for neo-noir psychological thriller probably you will like it. Science fiction is a kind of metaphor here, this is a way to show the facts in an indirect manner. It's shows how political decisions and the media can determine the life and even the destiny of a human. This is about being lost in a world of dirty secrets. It is about the factors that affect the people and make them believe they are the same as they were. This movie is about us in the very complicated world. That's why there is no need for special effects. The realistic atmosphere of the film, unlike other Sci-fi that uses the heroism is laudable. It is focus on characters and their situation, is refreshing. Another noteworthy thing is that the movie does not have a lot of actors. In fact only includes the characters that are supposed to do something. Perhaps this was due to lack of funding, but the calm of the movie made the loneliness of the leading character and his fears more tangible in this world of mysteries. The ending of the movie is dark, but when we know this is realistic Science fiction we will accepted. I am not interested in political films nor this is a political movie. It's about human games, games that have psychological reactions. This story is about human's position in a complex world. The ending scene when Newman finds himself handcuffed to Jensen without any explanation, ( in the middle of desert ) is amazing. I think this event a metaphor about one's human position being changed by his actions. He is caught up by his actions and possibly endangered and become a "burn notice" that he have to strive for saving his life even though there is no way to escape. Billy zane's performance is acceptable, but most of the actors does not succeed in their roles. But when we know this is made with very little money, we realize that the crew has provided the best possible work. The last word is that although it is not very fast paced movie with today's standard, the pace is kept steady and never goes away from the original story.

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