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Robot Jox (1989)

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It is post-World War III. War is outlawed. In its place, are matches between large Robots called Robot Jox. These matches take place between two large superpowers over disputed territories.... See full summary »

Director:

Stuart Gordon

Writers:

Stuart Gordon (story), Joe Haldeman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Graham ... Achilles
Anne-Marie Johnson ... Athena
Paul Koslo ... Alexander
Robert Sampson ... Commisioner Jameson
Danny Kamekona ... Dr. Matsumoto
Hilary Mason ... Professor Laplace
Michael Alldredge ... Tex Conway
Jeffrey Combs ... 1st Prole
Michael Saad Michael Saad ... 2nd Prole
Ian Patrick Williams ... Phillip
Jason Marsden ... Tommy
Carolyn Purdy-Gordon ... Kate
Thyme Lewis ... Sargon
Gary Houston ... Sportcaster
Russel Case Russel Case ... Hercules
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Storyline

It is post-World War III. War is outlawed. In its place, are matches between large Robots called Robot Jox. These matches take place between two large superpowers over disputed territories. The main character Achilles is a pilot in one of the large Robots. The plot revolves around him and a match for the state of Alaska. Written by Anonymous

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The ultimate killing machine. Part Man. Part Metal.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robojox See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,272,977
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The patches worn on the suits of Tex and Achilles include real US Army unit patches, such as the 101st AIRBORNE and the 18TH AIRBORNE CORP. See more »

Goofs

Achilles is supposed to be illiterate. This is referenced at least twice in the film; first when Commissioner Jameson reminds Achilles that he isn't even able to read his own contract (which Achilles acknowledges), and second when Achilles asked his brother how the "reading business" was going. However, after he comes out of retirement, Achilles questions Doc Matsumoto about the countdown sheet for his upcoming rematch against Alexander, which he has just read. If Achilles is in fact illiterate, then he would not be able to read the countdown sheet. See more »

Quotes

Achilles: You're making my beer curdle.
Alexander: And you make my drink taste like blood.
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Alternate Versions

SPOILER: MGM's R1 DVD carries the film's original PG rating, but includes instances of violence and gore previously unseen in the U.S. and Canada. After Achilles' robot falls on the spectators, there are more shots of both Gary Graham's bloody face and of the dead bodies in the stands. A news broadcast immediately following now opens with a badly burned man screaming in pain for a couple of seconds. Also, when the traitorous Tex shoots scientist Matsumoto in the head, blood sprays on the wall behind the latter. In the old version (released theatrically by Epic and on tape and laserdisc by RCA/Columbia), Tex pulls the trigger and it instead cuts to a recycled shot of an exploding robot on a video monitor; the bloodstained wall is never shown. The bits in question are included on the Japanese DVD, so apparently American and Canadian audiences are only now getting the cut of the movie that the rest of the world has enjoyed for years. The MPAA database indicates that ROBOT JOX was originally rated PG-13, but trimmed to obtain PG. Evidently Epic felt that children were the movie's only audience, which makes one wonder why they didn't also edit out Anne-Marie Johnson's brief nude scene. See more »

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This has a truly unique fight scene.
20 January 2002 | by sandijmSee all my reviews

The movie is fair, but it does have a unique fight scene.This is the only time I have seen a petite black woman start the kick, then an approximately 6 foot tall blonde white stunt man do the kick, and then the black woman ends the kick. This occurs in a fight scene in Gary Graham's bedroom. It truly is worth watching, I have to try and get it on DVD.


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