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Rising Storm (1989)

In a future postapocalyptic America ruled by a fascist televangelist, young thief Joe and his brother agree to help pretty Mila and her sister find an ancient artifact that could change everything.


Francis Schaeffer


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zach Galligan ... Artie Gage
Wayne Crawford ... Joe Gage
June Chadwick ... Mila Hart
Elizabeth Keifer ... Blaise Hart
John Rhys-Davies ... Donwaldo (as John Rhys Davies)
Graham Clarke Graham Clarke ... Lt. Ulmer (as Graham Clark)
Gordon Mulholland Gordon Mulholland ... Whitefish Aldana
Marloe Scott Wilson Marloe Scott Wilson ... Weezler
Patrick Mynhardt Patrick Mynhardt ... Uncle Bob (as Patrick Mynhart)
Graham Weir Graham Weir ... Gerard de la Fanool
Rod McCary ... Reverend Jimmy Joe II
Deep Roy ... Joker Arroyo
Helena Kriel Helena Kriel ... Female Guard
Karl Johnson ... Flophouse Preacher
Frank Notaro Frank Notaro ... Party Guest


The year is 2099. The United States is ruled by the Reverend Jimmy Joe II, in a dictatorship where big guns and fundamentalist religion are used to keep the masses in control. The Reverend's troopers patrol the streets and the slums with assault rifles, ready to prevent any trouble from the revolutionary Kropfelders. Joe Gage and his brother Artie are petty criminals, involved in illegal vitamin trading and smuggling refugees into Mexico. Their business takes a downturn during Joe's stay in prison, and they find themselves without gainful employment. During an altercation in a flophouse, they meet up with Mila and Blaise Hart - two antique hunters who are looking for muscle to protect them while they do a little freelance archeology. With the promise of valuable memorabilia from the Twentieth Century, the Gages go with the two sisters as they follow their treasure map. But they cannot avoid attention from the Reverend's troopers - and after a while, Joe begins to suspect that there is... Written by Simon Richardson

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Release Date:

22 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rebel Storm See more »

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Namibia See more »

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Very enjoyable satiric B-flick and future cult classic
6 July 2016 | by OJTSee all my reviews

Rising Storm is a low budget straight-to-video sci-fi comedy which I guess really should be more and more of a cult classic. There are obvious weaknesses to this film, but it is really funny from time to time.

We're in a pot apocalyptic USA in the fascist year of the Lord 2099. Yeah, just that. The States are ruled by a fascist TV-preacher which says the world was ruined by rock music a 100 years ago, and one DJ in particular, Eliot Kropfeld, is to be blamed. The main goal is to get a video tape on TV on "National TV- viewing day" where everyone is forced to watch TV.

Quite insane plot, but nevertheless this film manages to give some good messages of our live back in 1989, or even today. Excavations they do, even brings up rubber dildos (believe to be hand grenades), VHS and music from The Animals (It's my life...) And plastic cards are referred to as "a thing which made poor people rich".

The film uses cliche's from action- and war movies as well, and you'll find nods to films like 1984, Alien, A Clockwork Orange, Mad Max a.s.o. I really think that this film must have been inspired Starship Troppers as well. At lest there are some things which resembles in the film making.

The start of the movie troubles to find the pace, but then slowly the film finds it's form, and get more and more enjoyable. Cheesy, yes. But then it's supposed to be, isn't it!?

If this film had Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead and a bigger budget, it would have been a sci-f classic.

Recommended cult watching!

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